How to Be a Green Student

How to Be a Green Student
How to Be a Green Student
College gives students a chance to start fresh and make positive changes in their lives. So why don’t you make one of those changes a commitment to living a more eco friendly life? It’s not difficult to go green, even with the limited resources college students have. Here are some of the things you can do to make a difference.

Find out what your school offers for recycling. Many schools have recycling initiatives, with special bins, composting, and commuting programs. You may be surprised to find out what is already available for you to use. If you find that your school is lacking, talk to administrators about what needs to be done to improve your school’s eco-profile.

Always remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle. It’s a tried and true way to do your best for the environment. Reduce what you need to use, reuse what you can, and recycle the rest. You should have very little actual waste that can’t be reused or recycled in some way. Save your misprinted sheets of paper, carry a reusable lunchbox, and always keep an eye out for the recycle bins on campus.

Go online. College life produces a massive amount of paper. Some you can avoid, some you can’t. But you can do your part by doing as much as you can without paper. Take online classes, view your syllabus online, participate in classes that use web assignments, and use email whenever possible. You can even sign up for paperless billing. These are just a few of the ways you can reduce your paper consumption while in college.

Your school supplies also make a huge difference. Think carefully about what you really need to have, and wait until the semester begins to really stock up-you may find that many recommended items are deemed unnecessary by your professors. Buying books from your school’s bookstore isn’t just expensive-it can be wasteful, too. Whenever possible, check out books from the library instead of buying them. If you find that you do need to buy them, always try to buy used, and be sure to sell them back at the end of the semester to get some money back, and have your book be reused.

Use your legs to get around. Take advantage of the small physical footprint that most college campuses offer, and take a walk or use your bike instead of driving. If you must drive, find out if there’s a shuttle or bus that can conveniently take you to the same destination.

By making just a few simple changes in the way you go about your daily life, you can make a difference in the way you, and even your campus, impact the entire world.

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