• Recycle everything, especially paper! Think about how many pieces of paper you go through in a semester. There’s your class notes, your scrap copies, your term papers, the most recent Carroll News, and assorted stuff that you’ve printed out from the Internet… it all adds up.
  • Utilize campus recycling bins that accept co-mingled (everything together) recycling of paper, cardboard, metals, and plastics. Recycling can contents are taken to the green dumpsters around campus and delivered to a recycling facility where they will be sorted and processed.  Please do not put wet food or old furniture in these trash bins – this contaminates all the other recyclable items!
  • Use your printer wisely. You can save paper by printing on both sides of the page.  Save pages that you’ve printed and use the backs to print out drafts and other things you don’t have to turn in. In addition, many printers have multiple settings for print quality. Use the high quality print setting for things that have to look nice, but use the low quality setting for things that don’t. This will save ink/toner. While you’re at, consider cutting down on the things you print out. Do you really need to print out that web page, or can you just bookmark it?
  • Limit the use of disposable cups and plates. Buy yourself some inexpensive plates and cups that can be washed.  Avoid plastic, paper, and especially styrofoam materials.
  • Limit the use of paper napkins. Since college students eat a good deal of fast food, napkin use can add up. It’s good that you want to be clean, but one napkin will probably do the trick!
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs cost more, but they last longer and ultimately save you money. Lamp light is much more pleasant and environmentally efficient than overhead residence hall lighting.
  • Walk, bike, and limit your use of a car. Utilize bike racks outside each residence hall, take the JCU Express Shuttlerather than your car to go shopping or to a movie, take the RTA to go downtown, the airport, or around town.  Learning the RTA system is easy, you can even use Google Transitto find out what train/bus to take to your location.
  • Buy green. Buy recycled products whenever you can, especially paper. Buy environmentally safe cleaning products as well. Some of these products cost more– but many don’t, or the price difference is negligible.
  • Carry a water bottle or coffee cup. Think of how many bottles of water and cups of coffee get consumed on a campus every day. Save waste and money by carrying a refillable water bottle or coffee cup.
  • Use refillable binders instead of notebooks. This is a simple way to save waste. If you want to save your notes after the semester is over, take them out of the binder and staple them. Or you can go electronic and take all of your notes on a laptop.
  • Buy used clothing. Lots of students do this to save money, but it’s also a great thing to do for the environment. Reusing clothes decreases the use of resources to make clothing and puts a dent in the problem of worldwide sweatshops.  There are numerous thrift shops near campus including the Goodwill at Shaker Square (2720 Van Aken Blvd) is accessible via the RTA Rapid.

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