As Rams, our colors are purple and gold. But we can all help to make our campus a little bit “greener.” With lots of homework, papers, and exams to worry about, living a “green” lifestyle is probably the last thing on your mind. But wait! Here are some “green” tips that will help you save money and even be more productive:
Take notes on a laptop: Virtually everyone brings a laptop to college nowadays. Save some money on notebooks and reduce your paper usage by bringing your computer to class. Electronic files are easier to manage than overstuffed folders anyway!
Submit assignments online: Professors are becoming much more comfortable with handling online assignments. Consult your professor’s syllabus or ask them about handing in assignments. Try to email them your assignments or using D2L’s drop box feature if applicable.
Limit use of disposable kitchen products: Eat at Lawrence Dining Hall! Take a study break and socialize with friends over a meal. If you live off campus, invest in some silverware. It’ll save you money over time and a whole lot of trash too!
Buy a reusable water bottle: According to ValleyWater.org, it is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become “litter.” Don’t be a litter bug and get yourself a reusable bottle. Studies show that bottled water is no healthier than tap water. The only difference is that bottled water costs more than gasoline!
Turn off the water! Leaving the faucet running while brushing your teeth can waste up to 1.3 gallons of water. You can potentially save several gallons of water a day by just turning the water off. By reducing your shower time, you not only save water, but limit your amount of CO2 emissions by using less electricity to heat the water.
Unplug your stuff! Did you know that chargers and basic appliances consume energy even when they’re turned off or left in sleep mode? They do. Have no fear, there is an easy solution – unplug your chargers! To make this even easier, you can use power strips that have the ability to turn off without having to unplug anything at all.
We all have the ability to make West Chester a greener place, so start living a greener lifestyle and save the environment, your time, and your wallet!
Written by Stephen Clark, Peer Educator