Ecocentricity - September 1, 2015

Foundation Blog

We at the Ray C. Anderson Foundation place great faith in our higher education institutions.

I’m a fall guy.

Wait, scratch that, I think it came out wrong.

To the best of my knowledge, I am not currently being set up to take the blame for any sort of criminal activity. If any reader knows otherwise, I would appreciate a heads up (the comments field below should work nicely…and yes, that was my not-so-sly way of alerting you to the fact that we now welcome comments, and I’d love to hear from you!).

What I mean is that I’m an autumn guy. It’s my favorite season, and no, the start of football isn’t the sole reason. Here in Georgia, cool September evenings are exceedingly pleasant experiences, October foliage offers one of nature’s best annual art shows, and November chills grant us permission to light the first fires of the season. As mother earth nestles in for another hibernation, a sense of peace seems to settle over the land, as if a reward for another year of hard, live-giving work. She has spent all summer working off the energy created during spring. Autumn ushers in a time of rest.

But not everything winds down this time of year, as any parent out there understands quite well. The fall brings a new academic calendar, and young minds prepare for yet another year of growth, learning, discovery and hopefully a bit of fun. I always loved school, and that is probably another reason why I am fond of the fall.

American universities, in particular, are fascinating to watch this time of year. Their great internal machinery has cranked back up, reforming the great tribal gathering that is a busy college campus. Driving through Georgia Tech in Atlanta the other day, I saw the familiar buzzing about of people, and it brought a smile to my face (pun fully intended for the mascot-literate amongst you). I do miss college.

We at the Ray C. Anderson Foundation place great faith in our higher education institutions. They have the ability to impact and form the minds of our next innovators, our next leaders and thinkers and writers, our youngest voters, our soon-to-be wives, husbands, and parents. Our universities can be the fertile ground from which tomorrow’s change emerges, and that change might, and hopefully will, leave the world a better place.

To our friends leading the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, I thank you for your commitment and hard work this upcoming year. To all teachers, administrators, facility managers, and everyone else who makes the education of millions possible, I thank you for your generous service to others. And to all of you students, I wish you great joy in your academic pursuits. May it be your best year yet!