Since 2007, the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, together with Grassroots, Hartwick's student environmental club, has urged graduating Hartwick College seniors to take the voluntary Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, which states:
"I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."
The mission of the Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) is to build a global community of responsible graduates improving society and the environment through the workplace. GPA works to help realize a world where every graduate, through the workplace, is an effective leader for social and environmental improvement.
Nearly a hundred colleges and universities are using the Graduation Pledge at some level. Graduates, who voluntarily sign the pledge, have turned down jobs with which they did not feel comfortable and have worked to make changes once on the job. They have promoted recycling at their organizations, removed racist language from a training manual, worked for gender parity in high school athletics, and helped to convince an employer to refuse a chemical weapons-related contract.
Graduating seniors who have signed the pledge will be recognized with a green and white ribbon at Commencement.
For more information, or to sign the Graduation Pledge, please contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute.