Go Green Pledge

I WANT TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!

THIS YEAR I PLEDGE TO: BE AN ENERGY STAR!

  • Walk, bike, take the TARC bus or carpool to campus whenever possible. (see reverse)
  • Turn lights and equipment off when vacating a room.
    • Unplug chargers & equipment not in use.
  • Set thermostats moderately
    • (<70°F winter / >75°F summer) & adjust 10°F when vacating a room.
  • Set my computer to “hibernate” or “sleep” when idle
    • (under Control Panel > Power Options).
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFL).
  • Purchase only efficient Energy Star® rated appliances, electronics & computers.
  • Use a clothesline instead of energy hogging clothes dryers.

REDUCE SOLID WASTE!

  • Cut my paper use in half by duplexing – printing or copying on both sides.
  • Avoid excess packaging by bringing my own bags and buying in bulk whenever possible.
  • At the checkout, I’ll refuse new plastic or paper bags and bring my own reusable shopping bags.
  • At mealtimes, I’ll use reusable mugs, cups, utensils, cloth napkins and towels rather than disposables.
  • Switch to rechargeable batteries rather than toxic disposables.
  • Not print e-mails or other documents unless it’s truly necessary.
  • Buy pre-owned items whenever possible or new items with post-consumer recycled content.
  • Donate unwanted items to charities, thrift stores, or non-profit organizations; or have a yard sale!
  • Recycle computers, TVs, E-waste (Home Depot recycles CFLs)
  • Recycle hazardous materials (paints, solvents, chemicals, fluorescents, etc.)
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass

EAT BETTER FOOD!

  • Eat locally grown produce, dairy, or meat/ locally made foods, for better health & a strong economy.
  • Eat less meat & animal products, substituting with plant protein (beans, nuts, etc.) to cut my impact 10x.
  • Buy organic, fair trade & plant-based products to minimize abuse to the environment, people and animals.

CONSERVE WATER!

  • Not run water unnecessarily while brushing my teeth, shaving, or washing dishes.
  • Replace my water fixtures with low-flow shower heads, faucets and/or toilets.

Questions: Please email Pamela Turner