How to be ecofriendly on campus
There are ways you can protect the planet each day without even going out of your way. Let’s create a sustainable and healthy planet for future students by taking on some super basic tasks.
Unplug your charger. When you take your phone off the charger, be sure to unplug the charger from the wall as well. Energy still runs through it. Not only is it a waste, but you also end up paying for it on your electricity bill. This also counts for laptop chargers and anything plugged into the wall. I even unplug my TV when I am not watching it.
Reuse your bottle. Plastic water bottles not only fill up landfills but also are also unhealthy for you. The chemicals in certain plastic bottles release into the water over time and can be damaging, not to mention you pay a lot more for water in the end. Invest in a reusable water bottle for three great reasons: save the environment, save money, and be healthy. Also, reusable water bottles are easier for add-ins like ice, cucumbers, or lemons. (Many campuses are installing filtered water refill stations; ask around!)
Paper, Plastic, or Book bag? When going grocery shopping consider bringing some of your own old bags instead of opting for the bags at the store. Some of my peers on campus use old backpacks and bookstore cloth bags to carry their groceries home. They say it’s not only ecofriendly, but also a lot easier to carry.
Walk (to school) and take the stairs. Using elevators takes up energy; so only use them if you really need to. The same goes for driving to campus: if you have to drive, try to arrange a carpool or take public transportation. However, if you are close enough to walk – get those walking shoes out and kill two birds with one stone: get fit AND help the environment.
Encourage others. Spread the word to other college students through your organizations. You could even possibly create a campus-wide event. Each semester, my campus has a sustainability month in which they decrease lighting in the dining halls and encourage dorms to decrease energy consumption. They give tips for using less energy, and at the end of the month, they compile the data on the amount of energy that was saved. It’s always fun and interesting to see if we reached the campus goal for that semester. You could also share facts on social media for a greater awareness. Ecocycle.org/ecofacts is full of mind-blowing facts that are sure to encourage more environmental involvement.
On campus, we have resources and opportunities to help protect Mother Earth. We need to work together and take the initiative personally of creating a healthier planet for future generations.
What ways do you help keep the campus ecofriendly?
Jessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.