Tips to Take Action: Live Lightly
Megan Michel '18, Sustainability Intern for Student Engagement
REDUCE the amount of electricity you use in your dorm or off-campus living through use of natural sunlight. If you open up the windows while doing work instead of immediately turning on the light, you reduce the amount of energy you use and save money on your electricity bill. In addition, remember to walk or bike to campus rather than driving. This helps reduce the amount of carbon you put into the atmosphere and helps you stay in shape.
REUSE the plastic containers you buy from the grocery store. They can be reused to keep other foods and also are great for to-go containers. This minimizes the amount of waste you produce and also saves you money from having to buy to-go containers!
RECYCLE the plastic packaging and aluminum you use. The average American discards enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months according to People’s Bank. Of the 220 million tons of waste Americans produce, 55% of it goes to landfills. About 2/3rds of this can actually either be composted or recycled. So remember to think before you toss something into the garbage!
RESPECT the planet by realizing that your individual footprint makes a big impact. On average, an American college student produces 640 pounds of solid waste per year, which can consist of 500 disposable cups and 320 pounds of paper, according to Boston College! Do your part, recycle those materials, and BYOC (bring your own cups)!