Being sustainable doesn’t have to mean reorganizing your entire life. From commuting via bike to skipping out on meat once a week, there are many simple things you can do to become greener!
Or, if you are even more ambitious, try 153 ways to go green
Greening your Residence Hall room:
20 tips to go green
- Take only the number of napkins you need at each meal.
- Drink and/or buy Fair Trade Coffee.
- Eat food that has been grown locally by independent farmers, such as Shepherd’s Grain.
- Join our recycle mug program and bring your own mug to campus cafés & markets.
- To reduce waste, take only the amount of food you will eat.
- Use environmentally friendly containers for your take-out food. We provide you with these on campus.
- Recycle aluminum cans, bottles, paper and cardboard at campus recycling stations and at home.
- If you live off campus, compost your scraps.
- Take only as much water as you will drink.
- Use refillable water bottles instead of cups.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and only wash full loads of laundry.
- Ride your bike, walk or carpool when possible. It's good for the environment, and good for you!
- Enable energy saving features on your computer (screensavers and automatic shut-off features save energy).
- Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Plug your appliances into power strips.
- Close the windows if the heat or air conditioning is turned on.
- Print only as many copies from your computer as are truly needed.
- Save paper printed on one side for printing on the other side, or for use as scratch paper.
- Donate items you don't need or want to a thrift store or resale store.
- Volunteer for environmental organizations on campus or in the community.
These tips were taken from Western Washington University dining site.