Greenfield graduates took green pledge

GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Students at Greenfield Community College are pledging to be conscious of the world around them. It’s called the “graduation pledge alliance.”

It started in 1987 at Bentley University in Waltham. And now more than 100 schools across the country are involved, including Greenfield Community College.

Eric Blevin told 22News “what we try to do is encourage other students to participate in socially responsible and environmentally responsible actions and behaviors.”

“Whether it’s in banking or business or social services or criminal justice that we do the best we can to help people.” said Abbie Jenks Professor of Human Services and Peace Studies.

“I pledge to explore and to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work.”

In the pledge, a student promises to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job they consider, and try to improve those aspects of any organization they work.  Students will receive a green ribbon at graduation rehearsal and on graduation day, they will take the pledge publicly during commencement.

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