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EURO-JETSETTING ‘Sustainability’ Boss At Indiana University Urges Students To Take Cold Showers

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Despite the fact that his social media history shows him to be a world-traveling jetsetter who gallivants avidly around Europe, the boss of the Indiana University student government association’s new “sustainability department” has issued an advisory to his fellow students to take cold showers and to stop using so many lights in order to save energy.

The “sustainability department” is an executive-level student-government division at the taxpayer-funded school, reports The Indiana Daily Student.

The inaugural leader of the department is Peter Angelos.

“Living sustainably is one of the easiest things you can do,” the leader of the new department told the Daily Student. “Turn off your lights, unplug your electric devices, take shorter, cold showers. Maybe some people are deterred by that, but as time progresses these issues are going to become much more pressing and much more internationally important.”

Forgoing hot water and artificial light are critical, Angelos pontificated because “the world is going to change, and we have to react and be progressive or our lives are going to change for the worse.”

Luckily for Angelos, he appears to have gotten in a solid amount of European travel before the coming environmental apocalypse.

On his Facebook page, Angelos proudly features photos from both Liverpool, England and Rome, Italy.

His check-ins page indicates that he decided to use Facebook while being present in Rome and Bath, England.

A roundtrip, economy-class airplane flight from Indianapolis, Indiana to Rome, Italy uses 1.13 metric tons of greenhouse emissions — an amount equal to over 2,700 miles driven by a single automobile.

Rome is roughly 4,860 miles from Indianapolis. Liverpool is 3,820 miles from Indianapolis (and 1,390 miles from Rome).

In addition to issuing advisories about eschewing lights and hot showers, Angelos’s “sustaintability department” will also evaluate the number of recycling bins on campus as well as the efficiency of light use in campus buildings.

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