Student Profile: Clara Roth '21

Nov. 4, 2019

Clara Roth ‘21

Hometown: Schwetzingen, Germany

Major: Architecture

How do you define sustainability?

Sustainability is about stabilizing our relationship as humans with the Earth’s living world in order to create an environment that is healthier for everyone in current and future generations. Sustainability to me means actively making an effort to preserve and improve our environment on a day to day basis.

Why did you decide to get involved with sustainability on campus? (talk about your Greening Athletics role here)

Being a student-athlete on campus is a very special college experience which makes it easy for student-athletes to connect with each other. I decided to get involved as an EcoRep because I believe this connection can help me to promote sustainability especially among the athlete community. Our Greening Athletics group reaches out to student athletes and works with Princeton Athletics to improve sustainability among athletes, in athletic facilities, and at athletic events.

How has your leadership role shaped your experience at Princeton?

As a Greening Athletics Leader, I hope to have a positive impact on the environment here at Princeton by spreading awareness about the importance of sustainability on campus. My leadership role has shown me the problems that exist on campus, but has also taught me a lot about sustainability and helped me understand how these problems can be addressed. The role has improved my experience at Princeton as it has shown me that lots of students are very supportive and that promoting the integration of sustainability into campus life can be very effective.

What are ways you have reduced your personal water usage?

  • In the dining hall: bringing a reusable water bottle and minimize amount of plates to decrease the number of dishes to be washed.
  • In the bathroom: shortening showers, turning off the tap when brushing my teeth, etc.
  • Washing only full loads of laundry, and drying my clothes on a drying rack (note that saving energy also saves water because power plants use a lot of water).

What is one recommendation you have for someone who wants to take action?

Turn off the lights in your dorms, turn off your fans when you don’t need them, use reusable water bottles, or avoid using plastic bags. There are lots of ways to make life more sustainable and I urge everyone to adopt at least one aspect of sustainable living into their daily lives.

bedford field water cannon

Clara plays Field Hockey for Princeton University at the state-of-the-art Bedford Field. Did you know Bedford Field features an optimal playing surface for field hockey with specialized water conserving artificial turf? The playing surface was designed to absorb and hold water over a longer period of time than standard artificial turf, extending ideal playing conditions and providing enough drainage to prevent puddles. The field also features an Underhill water cannon system, with eight retractable heads providing uniform water distribution over the entire playing surface. This efficient system can produce the required conditions in only six minutes using 2,000 gallons of water, compared to the old system that used as much as 12,000 gallons with each application.