5 Ways to be a Sustainable Student

College students have a lot on their minds between studying, social lives, and extracurriculars. Between busy schedules, a sustainable lifestyle isn’t a top priority for most. Going “green” is a difficult task, but can be even harder when your daily activities depend on certain habits — like school! If you’re a student, check out these little tips below to learn how little changes in your habits could impact the planet. Little changes go a long way.

Purchase E-textbooks and online study resources

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Avoid high costs by going paperless whenever possible! Textbooks consume so much paper and e-books provide for easier accessibility without adding extra weight to your backpack. E-books can help out during studying — think about copying and pasting information directly into your notes! Utilize study websites such as Chegg and Quizlet to “quiz” yourself online before exams.

Reuse School Supplies

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Just because it’s a new semester doesn’t mean you need to buy all new supplies. Take advantage of notebooks with remaining empty pages and try reusing folders. Remember to recycle any papers that you no longer need, and try to keep better track of those pens and pencils. Reusing supplies is not only great for the environment, but for your wallet as well. Extra supplies add extra costs!

Watch your energy usage

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Purchase a powerstrip to plug in your electronics and remember to turn it off when it’s not in use. Utilize computer power settings by going into “Safe power mode” or using a blank screensaver. Better yet — turn it off. Turn off lights, TVs, and other electronics when they’re not in use. Little behaviors can reduce your energy usage!

Get out of the car

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Walk, bike, or use public transportation to get around campus. If you really need to use a car, consider carpooling with others. By planning your trips and thinking out your local travel, you’ll be able to reduce your emissions footprint significantly

Go Reusable

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Reuse all of your products — water bottles, plates, cups, and utensils. Eliminate extra waste by packing snacks in reusable containers. Be conscious of unnecessary paper, plastic and waste in your daily habits.

Do you have any other ideas on how to be a “green student?” Let others know by commenting them below!

-kw

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