Green Campus Initiative

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  • Reduce Your Consumption
    • Discipline yourself
    • Learn the difference between need and want
    • Minimize impulse purchases
    • Never borrow money to buy anything that depreciates
  • Reduce Your Waste
    • Use both sides of a piece of paper
    • Edit on screen and not on paper
    • Store information electronically
    • Use email
    • Reuse inter-campus mailing envelopes
    • Think before you print or photocopy
    • Avoid disposable products
    • Purchase products with minimal packaging
    • Clean your plate--don't take more food than you can eat
    • Get your name removed from unwanted mailing lists
    • Eliminate your debt
  • Reduce Your Energy Consumption
    • Use natural lighting when possible
    • Turn off unused or unneeded lights
    • Turn off your power strips when not in use
    • Unplug battery charging devices when not in use
    • Use high efficiency bulbs where practical
    • Dress appropriately for the season
    • Keep themostates no higher than 68 in the winter and now lower than 76 in the summer
    • Keep windows and doors closed in heated/air-conditioned areas
    • Purchase only high efficiency ("Energy Star") electronics
    • Turn off ofice equipment when not in use
    • Enable power management features on your computer equipment
  • Reduce Your Water Consumption
    • Take short showers
    • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth
    • Report leaking faucets, etc.
  • Reduce Your Petroleum Consumption
    • Car pool
    • Ride a bike
    • Walk
    • Drive efficiently
    • Purchase efficient vehicles


  • Reuse paper products
    • Reuse envelopes by placing new labels over old addresses
    • Use scrap paper to print drafts
    • Circulate documents rather than make individual copies
    • Share books and magazines
    • Buy used text books
  • BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) -- Alwyas use a ceramic or plastic mug and avoid disposable drink containers
  • Buy and use recycled products
  • Shop at thrift stores and yard sales
  • Use food product containers for storage
  • Reuse your water bottle
  • Fix it, don't replace it
  • Get creative


  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • #2 plastics
  • Glass
  • Aluminum
  • Batteries
  • Printer cartridges
  • Computer hardware
  • Scrap metals
  • Used oil
  • Compost yard and food waste

Green Factoid

From 1955 urban and suburban development increased by 300% while populations increased only 75%.

SourceCambridge University Press, The State of the Nation's Ecosystems