Keep your thermostat set low in the winter and high in the summer. Just a 1-degree change can reduce energy usage by as much as 3%, saving electricity and money!
Unplug your electronics when not in use. Things like televisions, computers and cell phone chargers still use energy even when turned off!
Check the air in your tires regularly and keep them properly inflated. Properly inflated tires increase fuel mileage and the safety of your vehicle!
Eat local! A large portion of food-related environmental impacts stems from their transportation. Shop at farmer’s markets or better yet plant a garden!
Choose biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products for your home. They are healthier for the environment and your family!
Recycle! Not just your paper, plastic and glass but electronics, too! Contact your local recycling center to find out how to recycle in your area.
Flip the switch! Turn off lights when not in use and use day-lighting whenever possible. Consider using task-lighting rather than lighting an entire room.
Use power management settings to shut down or hibernate your computer when not in use. Avoid using a screensaver (who’s watching it anyway?!?).
Buy in bulk! Buying products that are packaged in larger quantities reduces the use of packaging material and can often save money. Remember to only buy what you can use, though!
Bring a Bag! Use reusable bags or a backpack at the grocery store to avoid using plastic bags. The U.S. uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags per year, roughly 333 bags per year per person. That’s nearly a bag per person per day!
Considering a green job or a career in sustainability? Browse the resources in this database to learn more about companies that are hiring in the field. Use this resource to help develop your academic goals and get the career you want. Check out the link below for a databases of jobs, companies, and organizations all promoting work in green, environment, and social justice and sustainability.
Wondering about your personal environmental impact? This quiz can help you find out. The Ecological Footprint Quiz estimates the amount of land and ocean area required to sustain your consumption patterns and absorb your wastes on an annual basis. After answering 27 easy questions you’ll be able to compare your Ecological Footprint to others’ and learn how to reduce your impact on the Earth.
The World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.