Tips for being green

  • When buying cleaning products, purchase products that are labeled green.
  • Turn off your faucet when brushing your teeth.
  • Time yourself when taking a shower and aim for 5 minutes or less.
  • Ride your bike to class instead of driving.
  • Use drip irrigation in your garden.
  • Don't water your garden during the peak hours of sunlight, instead do it in the morning or at night.
  • Plant native drought tolerant plants.
  • Buy fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Have a re-usable water bottle.
  • Recycle
  • Don't eat meat at least one day a week.
  • Turn the lights off when you leave the room.
  • Turn off all electrical devices if leaving your room for more than 15 minutes.
  • Enable your computer to go into sleep mode.
  • Don't leave your computer on all night.
  • Use the natural light from your window instead of turning on the lights.
  • Pull down shades in your dorm when it's cold outside. This will help insulate your room.
  • Report leaky faucets to Residential Life if you live on Main Campus, or Alliance if you live in East Campus.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • At the Dining Commons, only take the amount of food you'll eat. You can always go back for seconds.

All of these steps may help you to lead a more sustainable life and although it's hard at times, having these tips in the back of your mind might influence you to make more conscious decisions.