Ms. Sarah Davenport
Student Sustainability Advisory Committee Member
Food, Livability & Wellness
Majoring in Anthropology
November 2016
Q: What does Sustainability mean to you?
A: "Sustainability" is a subjectively defined term often used to label things like food, buildings, and people for particular, often political, reasons. But to me, sustainability is the individual actions each of us take in our daily lives to perpetuate, rather than destroy, other life. It is the constant effort to live in symbiosis with other people, organisms, and the environment we share.

Q: How do you incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle?
A: There are many ways in which I work to live a sustainable lifestyle like riding my bike, growing my own food, composting, etc. However, the most important way to live sustainably is to spread knowledge- the world’s most infinitely renewable resource. It is important that we use this resource of knowledge to actively teach others what we know about sustainability and how to live a sustainable lifestyle.

Q: What would you like to see at UCF to make it a more sustainability driven university?
A: What I would like to see, in regard to sustainability at UCF, would be more allowance for students to voice their opinions on the university’s ecological footprint and for students to have autonomy when it comes to some of these issues that affect us directly. Although there are many ways in which we can improve sustainability initiatives at UCF, it is first important to allow students to have the space to voice their ideas, concerns, and opinions on these sustainability initiatives and/ or lack thereof.

Q: What advice do you have for fellow students to live more sustainably?
A: I think the best way for students to live sustainably is to build community. If we can build a community of people who can share and trade tools, books, clothes, food, etc., then we can live sustainably, cheaply, while also having a group of people who will support each other.

Q: What is your vision for sustainability?
A: Ultimately, I would like to see the sustainability movement focus more on practice and education, rather than predominantly promotion. We have an important responsibility, as we have made ourselves the leaders in the global move towards sustainability, as individual members of this global community to do our part to educate and practice sustainability.