What You Can Do

 Sustainability, Equity, Environment, Economics

 

 

 

Be Energy Smart

Lighting

  • Turn-off lights when leaving the room
  • Use natural lighting instead of lamps when possible
  • Do not use halogen lights
  • Use limited task lighting when possible
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Dress to the season
  • Unplug electric appliances when not in use
  • Set your thermostat sensibly
  • Adjust your thermostat to a higher or lower temperature when you're not there
  • Don't use automatic doors unless you need them; this brings in cold/warm air from outside

Computer and Office Equipment

  • Turn off computers and other office equipment at the end of the day
  • Enable power-save mode for computers, printers, copiers, other office equipment
  • Eliminate non-essential office equipment by consolidating and sharing under-used equipment
  • Buy equipment with an ENERGY STAR label

Energy tips adapted from University of Wisconsin's "We Conserve" campaign.

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Recycle and Reduce Waste

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Keep recyclables out of trash.
  • Only print or copy what is needed.
  • Send electronic copies of documents whenever possible.
  • Use the "print preview" function to find errors before printing.
  • Print and copy double-sided.
  • Reuse one-sided office paper by bringing it to the Student Success Center for use in tutoring.
  • Use a reusable mug or water bottle whenever possible.
  • Buy durable and reusable items rather than disposable items.
  • Reuse cardboard boxes by bringing them to the loading dock for use in outgoing shipments.
  • Use cloth instead of paper towels when possible.
  • Pack your lunch in reusable containers and use a reusable bag or lunchbox.
  • Don't take the plastic bag or the disposable utensils when you get takeout—use your own reusable utensils.

See additional green tips.

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Educate Yourself

Check out these resources that will help you learn more.

Have questions? Need more information? Have an idea? Please contact the Sustainability Center.