Your life and my life, our day-to-day choices, affect sustainability. The challenge is to make choices that will allow future generations to live as happy and fulfilled as we do now. It’s taking into account the planet’s resources, caring about everyone’s health and opportunities for a good life, and doing business well, too. The sweet spot where all of these come together is where a sustainable tomorrow is possible: where we live within our natural means, where we are all fed and healthy, and where doing business is efficient, but about more than the bottom line. We all need to work together to build a sustainable future. The tips in this pocket guide are great starting points, and some of the easiest and most effective lifestyle shifts that will improve our impact on the world and often on our wallets!
The Office Of SustainabilityStop by Oceanside 202 to chat with Kathleen Talbot, the Sustainability Officer, or any of the student workers about how you can live more sustainably, what MCU is doing to be a more sustainable campus, and how you can get involved! You can also, check out some of our favorite online resources- The Office of Sustainability’s website, Practically Green, and Earth 911 have loads of information, tips, and ideas for the next steps toward a lifestyle of sustainability!
Try to keep that shower under 5 minutes.
2.Shut It Off
Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
3. Fill ‘Er Up
Wash only full loads of laundry to save water and money.
4. If It Ain’t Dirty, Don’t Wash It
Go ahead and wear those jeans or sweaters a couple times before putting them in the pile.
5. Fix It!
Report and follow up to make sure those leaky faucets and toilets get fixed, because every house looses over 3,000 gallons of water every year in leaks!
1. Sort It Out
Keep recyclables out of the
landfill. Make an effort to find a recycle bin for your bottles, cans, plastics, and paper. Anything with a recycle symbol can go in the bin!
Before you toss it, think about how it could be recycled or upcyled. See if any of MCU’s programs can help give your ‘waste’ a second life.
3. Buy In
Go ahead and take advantage of the EcoTray program.
4. Hyrdrate Right
Refilling your reusable bottle at a hydration station saves money on bottled water -to the tune of $885 per year- and keeps plastic bottles from floating about in our oceans and landfills.
5. Put The Back Into It!
Set your printer preferences to print double-sided and reuse backs of scrap paper for notes
1. Pull The Plug
Save energy by unplugging appliances and switching off unused lights. Use a power strip for large appliances (TVs, computers, etc.) so that you can flip the switch to turn off power when these appliances are not in use.
2. Idle Not!
It takes less gas to turn a car on than to sit idling for 1 minute.
3. Give It A
Conserve power by getting off the internet and shutting down your computer when not in use.Internet data servers use as much energy in the US as all US TVs combined!
4. Cool It Down
Save energy by using the cold water setting on your clothes washer. Similarly, turn off the heat dryer on the dishwasher.
5. Adjust And Save
Set your thermostat as low as comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer. You can save a lot of energy by adjusting your thermostat by only a few degrees.