5 Green Initiatives to Start on Your College Campus
Posted By: Kara Masterson on May 16, 2019 |
If you’re hoping to make this year a little more green for your classmates, but you’re not sure how to start, don’t worry. Certain initiatives aren’t for everyone, but giving people “easy” ways to do a little good for the environment is a great way to get them involved in doing a lot more. Talk to the student council, work with the administration, get the support of your favorite professors—or even all three—and you’ll be sparking amazingly green things before you know it.
Tackling Water Bottles
One of the first issues you’re likely to face is students buying a new water bottle whenever they feel thirsty, instead of picking up a reusable water bottle to keep. Start a petition for water bottle refilling stations to be combined with drinking fountains and see if the school’s willing to sponsor a bottle handout.
The Student Paper Problem
No, this isn’t about the problems students have with turning their papers in on time, it’s about the amount of paper students (and teachers) tend to waste throughout the year. Setting up paper recycling in dorms and classrooms and letting everyone know that paper now has a place to go will help cut down on the amount of it getting thrown out.
A Pause on Pointless Printing
Now this part’s about student papers! While catching the result of the paper problem most campuses seem to have is great, stopping it at its source is sometimes better. Working with professors to encourage digital assignment initiatives to cut down on what needs to be handed in as a hard copy will eliminate a major source of paper waste.
Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle
Whether you’ve outgrown your old clothes or you’re trying to find a new look, chances are you’ll have to do a big wardrobe overhaul at least once in college, if not more. You can buy an eco friendly backpack that’s made from recycled materials and can be recycled when it wears out. Why not organize a clothing swap meet? You’ll cut down on what goes to waste, have an opportunity to make new friends, and also pick up some new options on a much lower budget.
Have you been eating your daily recommended serving of fruits and vegetables? Maybe you’d like to add a little spice to your diet? A community garden is a great way to make use of dining hall leftovers via composting while also providing a space for your classmates to exercise those green thumbs. You’ll simultaneously create a green waste compost place while also cutting down the campus carbon footprint!
Change can be tricky, but sometimes people just need a push. Like we said, the easier you make it for someone to do good, the more natural it will feel in the long run. Good luck, and good green!
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