Student Greening Program: Testimonials

Sustainable Works provides a range of opportunities for community involvement and addresses all aspects of sustainability – environmental, social and economic – through our four programs. Here's what some of our past program participants have to say:

About the Student Sustainability Workshop
"I would recommend this program to my friends because I think it makes a difference for more people to be educated so that hopefully the desire to live sustainably would spread through the community."
Los Angeles Valley College Student

"The program helped me to get new sustainable choices in my household and my personal life. I would recommend this program to a friend because every day we learned something new about sustainability and it was easy enough to implement into our lives."
Los Angeles City College Student

"I think the program is a great eye opener as to how much our planet is affected by our actions. It is also great at informing us on the solutions to make changes in our life."
Los Angeles Mission College Student

"This program helps bring environmental awareness with solutions. Our Workshop Leader was very motivating and enthusiastic about creating a better environment. [I learned] water is one of the most important resources we have and abuse but one of the easiest to help improve. I've improved my personal life by making changes in all the places out environment needs help. I would recommend this program to a friend because it is very informative and promotes positive change for a better world."
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Student

"What I like about the workshop is that everyone is involved and they are all learning new things together. We all get to give our feedback and everyone can get excited about making changes."
Los Angeles Valley College Student

"This program is good at increasing awareness and projecting the passion of the leaders by allowing the students to share their thoughts. I think people desperately need to know this information."
Los Angeles City College Student

About the Sustainable Worksbook
"The Worksbook has a lot of information that people need to be educated about. I think the most important part of it is giving us the tools and solutions we need to be sustainable"
Santa Monica College Student

"The Worksbook is my new personal pamphlet to educate my family and friends on what I have learned. It definitely has a lot of useful info…"
Pierce College Student

"The Worksbook is VERY informative and leads to an active life of sustainability."
Los Angeles Mission College Student

"It gave a lot of information on how I (and everyone) can make significant adjustments."
East Los Angeles College Student

About the Workshop Leaders
"I really enjoyed the workshops. Maybe it was because I saw the Workshop Leader's motivation and how she was leading by example…"
West Los Angeles College Student

"She provided a wealth of information with great enthusiasm. The things I learned were life changing and definitely left a positive impact."
Los Angeles Valley College Student

"He really made me aware of the problems around in the environment and helped me be aware of what I could do to change"
Santa Monica College Student

About Pursuing a Green Career after participating in the Workshop
"Yes, I would consider a green career. The engineering of tomorrow needs to be green! I will be that engineer."
Los Angeles Valley College Student

"Yes, I am considering a green career! I would like to particiate in educating children about being eco friendly and I would want to help clean the oceans and work with wildlife."
Los Angeles Valley College Student

What Professors are Saying
"Sustainable Works is an asset for any campus or instructor with the aspiration to go green. The students in my classes who are enrolled in the program are regularly making the connections between our course material and their lives. After their Sustainable Works meetings they come to class and office hours full of bright green ideas and the confidence that the changes they can make constitute a meaningful contribution toward a more sustainable future for us all."
Amber Katherine, Professor of Philosophy & Environmental Politics

"Students are always asking 'What can I do to improve the world, to make a difference in the world?' What Sustainable Works does is teach them how to make improvements in their own lives and become more efficient in the way they use resources while showing them that these solutions are going to save them a lot of money. So not only are they learning how to clean up the planet and make the world a better place but they are learning how to be more efficient in their use of fiscal resources as well and these are lessons that are really important if you want to survive in today's world. They're also able to implement what they are learning in the program within weeks and I think that's what college should be all about and what life should be all about!"
Bill Selby, Professor of Earth Sciences

"I have found that one of the benefits of the Sustainable Works Program is that it improves retention at the college. The students get to know each other in these small groups and they are studying something that is really important to them and it's not only changing their lives and teaching them to become sustainable in how they use resources but they actually stay in school because they enjoy the friends that they've made. For international students this can be even more valuable because they are not just learning about sustainability but they're also learning the language, learning to talk to each other and to listen, so they're literacy skills are improving. As an English Professor I recognize that giving students this opportunity to learn literacy while they are learning about ecological issues is a real benefit to them."
Dana Morgan, Professor of English