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Four Ways To Be Green In College

Author: Velma Lamoureux

Four ways to be green in college

Just because you are a college student doesn't mean you can do your part for the environment. There a variety of ways you can practice sustainable living while on campus or living in dorm. Consider these simple things you can do everyday to decrease your ecological footprint while in school.

1.  Turn off lights and the water you're not using them - The rule in your parent's house to turn off a light when you leave the room should still hold true while you are living on your own in a dorm or off-campus house. Unplug your laptop and other electronics while not in the room, even though they are off or not being used, they are still using some energy if plugged in. Also, turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face. The Daily Green says leaving it running can waste 1.3 gallons of water.

2. Buy Energy Star rated products - When shopping for lamps, mini-refrigerators and microwaves for your place, look for products that have the Energy Star rated seal of approval. These will use less energy and are better for the environment.

3. Buy consignment - U.S. News and World Report suggests buying furniture and other items for your dorm at a consignment or thrift store. When you reuse something, you are reducing wastes and saving resources. Gently used items are typically in great shape and if something is older, consider fixing it up and making it your own.

4. Sell instead of dumping - Instead of throwing your old books, clothes and other items out with the trash, consider selling them online or to a friend, the news source suggests. If you don't want to bother with selling, simply take the items to a donation center. Not only will you be making some money or helping someone else, you will be keeping trash out of landfills.

In Brief

  • Just because you are a college student doesn't mean you can do your part for the environment.
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