Green Tips for College Students

18082790_lAs you continue your education in college, you should also continue educating yourself on the environment. For many, college is a chance to finally live on your own and experience new things. With this great new freedom comes a lot of new responsibilities.  This is a great opportunity for not only you to experience a new lifestyle, but also make the switch and go green. Here are some tips that will help you adapt to school and help embark on a greener lifestyle.

1. Rent or buy used textbooks. Most colleges have an option to buy used books from their library. Also, you can research and go to Amazon or other book renting companies. This not only will save you money, but it helps keep the already printed books in circulation minimizing the need to print more. At the end of the semester, try and sell your books back to the bookstore or other students who are going to be taking the same class.

2. Use your laptop to take notes. A great resource to have in college is your laptop. Not only can you take notes during the lecture, you can also set reminders, events, and check your grades online. This will eliminate the need to purchase notebooks and pens which are made from paper and plastic respectively and not great for the environment. If you insist on keeping it old school and using notebooks, look for ones that are made from recycled paper. The same applies for writing utensils.

3. Collaborate with friends on cooking. The microwave may seem like the quickest and easiest way to make food between classes, but it is the most harmful for the environment. Use the grill as much as possible, as well as, take advantage of the kitchen appliances that are available in the common area. You should also talk to friends and try and make meals together. Not only will this save you money on food, but you can branch out and expand your network of friends.

4. Watch your use of electricity. Make sure you turn the lights off when you leave your room as well as turn off all devices that use power. Make sure the T.V is unplugged, the fan is off, the microwave is off and the mini fridge is set to cool. I recommend using the fridge available in the common area opposed to getting a smaller one for your room. It produces un-needed electricity that can be avoided.

College is a great experience that is filled with memories that will last a life time. Imagine walking across the stage in four years to receive your diploma, knowing you helped make a difference in this world. It may seem like a small change in your everyday life, but it does make a big difference. The skills you learn in college will last a lifetime. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Good luck in school, make the switch go green, and the future will be as bright as you desire it to be!

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