- Encouraging students to turn off unneeded lights. Cornell University has a program called Lights Off! that aims to reduce the amount of wasted electricity on that campus.
- Providing recycling cans in dorm rooms. (Princeton University)
- Providing local and organic food in dining halls (Dickinson College)
- Rewarding commuters who carpool with a discount on parking permits (University of Maryland-College Park and University of Virginia)
- Building green buildings based on LEED standards (Yale University and Duke University)
- Supporting environmental student groups (Hendrix College)
- Providing green themed housing (University of California-Berkeley and University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
These are just some of the ways colleges are going green. The Green Report Card lists even more ways that schools are helping and even grades over 300 colleges and universities based on their eco-friendly policies.
There are also many, many things college students can do on their own to help the environment. There’s no need to wait for the university to enact a policy. Here’s a list of just 7 easy things college students (and people in general) can do to help the environment:
- Unplug appliances when they are not in use, particularly during school breaks
- Take classes in environmental studies
- Use re-usable grocery bags when shopping
- Buy locally and eat organically when possible
- Conserve paper
- Walk to places that are close by instead of driving
Living in an environmentally friendly way can be easy and fun! See environmental groups on your college campus to learn about even more ways you can help the evironment.
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