When ECCU member and WMU Instructor of Holistic Health, Sue Caulfield, signed up for eStatements, she wasn’t doing it for a chance to win $100. She was simply doing it to reduce paper and make her carbon footprint a little bit smaller.
But karma prevailed and because she was enrolled in eStatements, Sue did happen to win a $100 Visa gift card during our #makeastatement campaign, our green initiative to reduce the number of paper statements generated. When she visited the main office to claim her prize, she mentioned to ECCU Marketing Supervisor, Judy Swafford, that not only had she been a member of the credit union for nearly 25 years, she had also been an instructor at Western Michigan University for just as long.
“I took my first class in holistic health in 2004,” Sue said, which she found to be incredibly intriguing. “I took it just as a class because I’ve always been interested in the totality of wellness, and to have a field that actually makes you look at your spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health’s well-being just seemed like a natural fit for me.”
Today, Sue teaches Holistic Health in the WMU College of Health and Human Services and discusses the impact of humans all around the world on the environment with her students. “It’s fun to see the light bulbs go off. When a student shows up and says they bought a reusable water bottle because of this class, that to me makes a difference.” Students have also wanted to take Holistic Health as their minor because of Sue’s inspirational teaching. “They’re seeing on a daily basis that they can make a difference.”
So we asked Sue if we could crash one of her classes – in the name of Earth Day, of course – and question her students about how they are choosing to make a difference in their everyday lives to be a little more green and earth-friendly. Here’s how they’re making a difference, and how you can too.
Earth Day Resources
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WMU has been part of the ECCU family since 1958. Students, along with teachers and staff, can take advantage of credit union membership for life, regardless of where they live or work after graduation. As a result, members and the local community enjoy Bronco Ticket and Miller Auditorium discounts, a convenient on-campus ATM (plus access to over 35,000 ATMs nationwide), and the credit union’s sponsorship of Education Day, the Entrepreneurship Forum and Education Forum.
What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint? Please share in the comments below!