What is Environmentalism?
- Environmentalism refers to the advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment such as the movement to control pollution.
Can College Students Go Green? Absolutely! Here’s Some Tips
Residence Hall Room
There are many little things a student can do in their room to be green. Check if the light bulbs are energy saving, switch off computers and unplug chargers.
Washing and Ironing
Cut down on washing and ironing. Group together to do a joint wash and use eco-friendly washing powder and fabric condition.
Water: don’t keep buying those plastic bottles. Get a stainless steel water bottle that will last a lifetime. Also, reduce use of plastic bottled water and try using the water fountains on campus.
There’s one thing that studying involves, and that’s a lot of writing. Students can purchase pencils which are made using wood from sustainable forests, notepads made from juice cartons, pens from plastic cups and car parts. Try Goodkind Pen at The Green Office. Even if a pen isn’t recycled, get one that can be refilled. Staples sells refillable pens and Pilot make a range too.
Buy used. Look on notice boards for students selling theirs if there aren’t any available at the bookstore.
Steer clear of the spray type air fresheners. Use natural oils, lavenders or light a natural beeswax candle which has a nice smell. Please note that candles and/or incense are prohibited in all on-campus housing.
Buy used or vintage clothes – not only is vintage trendy at the moment, it’s better for the environment to re-use.
Buy a plant. It will make the room look nicer and is said to lead to fresher air.
Take a bike or walk to class instead of driving a car. Organize awareness and recycle on campus. Work with university officials on getting more trees planted on campus and/or in town.
Stamp Out that Carbon Footprint!
A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. In addition, a carbon footprint is made up of the sum of two parts, the direct/ primary footprint and the indirect/secondary footprint.
- The primary footprint is a measure of individuals’ direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation (e.g. car and plane).
- The secondary footprint is a measure of the indirect CO2 emissions from the whole lifecycle of products people use – those associated with their manufacture and eventual breakdown. To learn more & calculate a personal carbon footprint visit Carbon Footprint Calculator
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Pledge to switch out those old light bulbs! Save energy by switching regular light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They last for years, use a third of the energy of regular bulbs and actually produce more light! For more information and to learn how to safely clean-up and recycle CFLs, visit GE Lighting.