What You Can Do

 Sustainability, Equity, Environment, Economics



Be Energy Smart


  • 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.


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.


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.