Sustainable Community Development Initiative

10 Tips for Students

 

1.) Recycle everything, especially paper!
 

paper

Think about how many pieces of paper you go through in a semester. There's your class notes, your scrap copies, your term papers, your daily school newspapers, and assorted stuff that you've printed out from the Internet... it all adds up. Look for a paper recycle bin on campus-- you might find one near a dormitory or large classroom building. And recycle other items as well, including cans, bottles, and cardboard boxes.

 

 
2.) Use your printer wisely.
 

printer

You can save paper by printing on both sides of the page. Many professors don't mind if you turn in a paper like this-- just ask first. Save pages that you've printed and use the backs to print out drafts and other things you don't have to turn in. In addition, many printers have multiple settings for print quality. Use the high quality print setting for things that have to look nice, but use the low quality setting for things that don't. This will save ink. While you're at, consider cutting down on the things your print out. Do you really need to print out that web page, or can you just bookmark it?

 

 
3.) Limit the use of disposable cups and plates.
 
cups

Buy inexpensive mugs and plates that you can wash rather than disposable ones and avoid over-packaged takeout food.

 

 
4.) Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
 

lightbulb

 

Use compact fluorescent bulbs, which last longer and use less energy than regular bulbs.

 

 
5.) Walk, bike, and limit your use of a car.
 

bikewalkingbus sign

Most campuses are very pedestrian friendly, and many college towns offer good public transportation and bike paths. Ask yourself if you really need a car as a college student, because if you can get by without one, you can save a good deal of money on gas, repairs, and overpriced student car insurance.If you do own a car, try to use it as little as you can.

 

 
6.) Buy green.  
   

globe

Buy recycled products whenever you can, especially paper. Buy environmentally safe cleaning products as well. Some of these products cost more-- but many don't, or the price difference
is negligible.

 

 

 
7.) Use refillable binders instead of notebooks.
 

binders

This is a simple way to save waste. If you want to save your notes after the semester is over, take them out of the binder and staple them. Or you can go electronic and take all of your notes on a laptop.

 

 

 
8.) Buy used clothing.
 
rack

Lots of students do this to save money, but it's also a great thing to do for the environment. Reusing clothes decreases the use of resources to make clothing and puts a dent in the problem of worldwide sweatshops.

 

 

 
9.) Turn off the Tap  
   
water

The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month!

 

 

 
10.) Wash it Cold  
   
dial Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
 
 

Page last modified November 30, 2011