Green Living in St. Louis
In Your HomeUpcycle/Recycle From a coat of paint to refresh hand-me-down furniture to turning old sweaters into mittens and grandma's button collection into funky accessories, upcycling is in. The greenest thing you can do is keep things out of a landfill, so fix before you buy something new, reuse what you can, and donate or sell what you're ready to part with.
Natural Resources Tired of sky-high water bills when summer heats up? Consider native plants, produce gardens or hardscaping instead or place of part of traditional lawn. Cut your waste collection costs by diverting most of your waste to recycling or compost. Looking to keep it simple? Take advantage of solar energy in the winter to light and partially heat your home - all you have to do is open the drapes!
Renewable Resources If you are remodeling your home, don't head straight to the big box store. You can find used or overage construction materials at outlets like Habitat for Humanity's Restore. Check out recycled or salvaged counter tops. Most importantly, do your research. Claims that a product is "green" don't always check out.
Get Involved Want to cut government waste? Start with urging local and state organizations to think sustainability. Attend council and planning meetings and educate elected leaders about the cost savings and social benefits of sustainability.
Don't Lose it, Use It If you want to see green spaces maintained, walk the walk. Support and use open spaces, and urge your community to follow a pattern of sustainable, sensible growth.
Buy/Support Local Reduce your footprint, buy locally. Supporting local farmers, restaurants, and small businesses saves natural resources that would be devoted to transportation and creates sustainable, supportive business economies.
Get Some Energy From the ideal summer and winter temperatures for your home to advice appliance recommendations, get ideas from your local electric and gas companies on how to become more efficient.
In Your Dorm
Renew Yourself When it comes to thrift, eco-friendly can mean sustainability for the earth or your wallet. It costs a lot of energy and natural resources to produce new items, so check out the barely used ones at resale shops. With small tweaks, your thrifting find can be something uniquely yours. Even better, your cash recirculates in the local economy and you keep items out of the landfill.
Sustain Yourself, Locally Tired of the dining hall? Head out to a local farmer's market or one of the region's farm to table restaurants. Support small regional businesses and you feed local families, as well as yourself.
Buy Green To Be Green What you can't buy used or from the source, often has a green option, from bamboo sheets to organic cotton clothing. The products you use to clean your body and your dorm go into the local water supply, so consider buying green alternatives or go totally natural and make them yourself.
Sustainable Day From where you volunteer to what you eat, sustainability can be part of your entire day. Looking to make a small start? Use a drying rack in your dorm room and invest in a reusable water bottle and grocery sacks.
Be Part of the Process Even if sustainability isn't your major, chances are it touches on some part of your career. Take one of the many courses at SLU that deal with sustainability or get involved in a campus effort to go green.
You ARE the Transportation Nearly all of SLU's freshman live on campus, and they have the right idea. Live close to campus or near a public transportation route that will allow you to take a bus to class, or -- even better -- bike or walk.
Get Some Energy Think you aren't paying the bills for the lights and water you use in the dorms? Consider the long-term impact on the region's resources. SLU students were able to save 49,594 Kilowatt-hour in a 2011 challenge. What impact can you make?