One of the easiest ways a college campus can help the environment is through recycling. California State University, Long Beach has a recycling center on campus. The center has been in operation since 1971, and is open to students, faculty, as well as the neighboring community. Each month, the center recycles over 70 tons of material that would end up in a landfill without the center.
When I was in college, my university was extremely environmentally friendly. Our cafeteria had biodegradable forks, spoons, and knives, as well as recycling bins. The dorms also had solar powered water heaters. Solar power was not only used for hot water, but also for powering classrooms.
Furthermore, the university liked to hand out free shirts and water bottles promoting green living on campus. To learn more, visit the LMU energy link at the bottom!
The University of Redlands has an organic community garden that is taken care of by students and community members. Compost is created for the soil from the campus’ dining hall food scraps. Once the food is harvested from the garden, it is used for the campus’s salad and fruit bars. It is completely local and organic!
My university has recently gone trayless in the dining halls so that water and energy are conserved. And they are making efforts to have books be online and professors are accepting papers via email so as to cut down on paper. The Green Report Card is a site that grades colleges based on how well they are doing at going green. It’s a very interesting site and over 300 colleges are profiled.
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