Tips for a Greener Lifestyle
Sustainability is a way of life. Reducing waste, conserving energy, and spending wisely all make a difference when it comes to the health and longevity of our environment, society and economy.
Here, you can find some tools and advice to help you form greener habits:
5 Green Routines to Try
Plug electronics into surge protectors: When electronics and chargers are not in use, they can still suck up electricity if they're plugged in. Since it can be a pain to unplug cords from the outlet, linking them to a surge protector or power strip and putting this in an accessible spot can make it a lot easier to stop power leaching. Items that need power sporadically - like cell phone or laptop chargers - are perfect for plugging into a power strip. When you're done charging, lighting, or powering, simply flip the switch on the surge protector to stop the electrical current. (They even have fancier ones, now, that have remote controls in case you can't place the strip in a reachable location.)
Think before you toss: Most of what you throw away can be either recycled or donated for reuse. Learn more about all you can keep out of the landfill by consulting our Recycling and Waste Reduction webpages. By the way, the most common landfill items to put in the trash are food, liquid, and styrofoam. So, consider taking only what you can consume and finding an alternative to styrofoam products when you buy.
Carry reusable drink and food containers: A water bottle is a handy way to get water and minimize waste. St. Louis has some of the best tap water in the world, and SLU is making it easier to hydrate from the tap by incrementally installing water bottle filling stations around campus. (You could also show your support for "Bottled Water Free SLU" this way.) You can practice a similar strategy when it comes to food. "Clam shells" are reusable food containers that you can purchase at Reinert and Griez and take to any food vendor on campus for convenient carry-out.
Educate yourself on SLUstainability and follow sustainability in the news. Follow the Green Billiken on Twitter to stay up-to-date on what's happening on campus, and check-up on local, statenational and global sustainability news. Awareness can help us make wiser choices.
Footprint CalculatorsYour "footprint" refers to the damaging impact you have on the environment around you. Here are some online tools to help you determine your footprint and strategize ways to minimize it.