After months of inactivity, I am pleased to announce the revival of the LIU Commpost, the campus sustainability blog that I created last year in 2013 for the LIU Post community.
Prior to launching this blog, like many other entities at LIU Post, whether it be a student organization or an academic department, I was having trouble with informing the campus community about all of the great things that we do in terms of sustainability. Therefore, I started thinking of ways that we could go about promoting sustainability without giving our audience information overload.
As a result, I developed the concept of the LIU Commpost, a repository if you will for everything green at LIU Post; hence, its tagline “giving you the dirt on everything green at LIU Post,” definitely one of my more clever moments. Originally, the Commpost was just going to serve as a source of information where readers could receive the most up-to-date details regarding our sustainability efforts. However, over time, it evolved into a forum where students could also publish their research as well as opinion pieces related to sustainability. Somewhere along the line though the Commpost fell dormant.
Definitely my fault, the Commpost became something that simply took the backseat in my life. It wasn’t that it was too much to handle or because I lost interest, but rather something that I just did not have the time for anymore. My last post came right before my graduation.
May 9, 2014…I walked alongside my fellow sustainability major, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, earning our Master’s degrees in Environmental Sustainability, the first two graduates to graduate from this program, a program that is one-of-a-kind on Long Island. Not only was this the end of one chapter in my life, but it was also the beginning (or a continuation as I would soon find out) of a new one.
Like many other college graduates, I now had to go find a job. Despite adding “M.S. in Environmental Sustainability” to my resume, I wasn’t receiving too many calls back. Application after application, the more worried I got. I became worried that this newly earned degree would not serve me well in still a fairly new field. I feared that I wasn’t moving anywhere in my life, and as my bank account quickly approached zero, I feared this even more.
I was at a crossroads. I was literally questioning every decision that I had ever made in my life. Should I have left my hometown of Tampa to come to LIU Post? Should I have gone into the workforce right after attaining my Bachelor’s degree in lieu of pursuing a Master’s? Should I have taken the CPA Exam instead of indefinitely putting it off? Should I have passed on that job opportunity 2 years ago?
My answer to all of these questions is “I don’t know.” What I do know though is that I’m here, I’m still passionate about sustainability, and I’m in a better place than I have ever been before. And the thing that underpins it all is LIU Post.
For those of you who don’t know already, I am now a full-time employee at Long Island University.
July 7, 2014 was my hire date. I officially accepted the position of Campus Life Coordinator within the LIU Post Office of Campus Life. What this entailed was not only sustainability, but also managing one of the 6 residence halls on campus. So, in addition to overseeing many of the campus sustainability initiatives, I would also be overseeing a building that has over 300 residents. I would be a liaison for 10 student organizations, an on-call administrator responsible for responding to emergency situations, a supervisor for 8 resident assistants, and a supervisor for 6 sustainability coordinators.
That’s a lot of responsibility! But like I always am, I’m up for the challenge!
I’ve been doing it for over 4 months now and I am finally at a point where I can add back Editor-in-Chief of the LIU Commpost. I’m very excited for what’s next not just with the Commpost, but with sustainability in general at LIU Post. We are definitely moving in the right direction and we are more sustainable now than ever before. In my 7 years here, I’ve been able to see the word sustainability transform into so much more than just a buzzword. I, along with the many other champions of sustainability here at LIU Post, have helped bring sustainability to the forefront of discussion and the word sustainability is so close to becoming a linchpin for this institution of higher learning.
It’s my hope that with the support of many others, some of whom have been doing this much longer than me, will come forth an institution that says, “Hey, we are going to become the leader in sustainability on Long Island.”
In my mind, it should be us. We have some of the most passionate people that I have ever seen. We have people here that don’t just want to educate us, but rather take that education and use it to change the world.
Without a doubt, I am going to be one of those people. And I’m lucky enough to start doing that here…at LIU Post!
I hope you enjoy what follows. We will be taking some time to catch up from the last 6 months by providing you with updates on what’s already happened. However, we’ll be giving you regular updates as well. We have a lot of cool stuff going on and much, much more in the pipeline. I sincerely hope you check it out and spread the dirt by telling others about The LIU Commpost.
William Achnitz III