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Green Guide
Sustainability

Green Guide

Tips for Students

  • Coordinating with roommates in advance will prevent duplicate items, reduce waste/energy usage, and will be more cost effective
  • In units with kitchens, sharing the common area refrigerators instead of using individual mini-fridges will reduce energy usage
  • Combination microfridges are more energy efficient, cost effective, and safer than using a separate microwave and fridge
  • Defrosting your refrigerator and unplugging appliances when leaving for break periods will reduce energy usage
  • Plastic containers are reusable and are more sturdy than cardboard boxes when moving in and out
  • Rather than driving, use the shuttle when going to Downtown Bethlehem. It is more cost effective and reduces gas use.

  • Plan your class schedule to minimize the number of trips to campus
  • Staying on campus between classes and activities can reduce mileage and gas usage on your car
  • Consider walking or biking during warmer weather if you live close enough
  • Make a buddy! Carpooling with another commuter will save gas and help with parking
  • Performing routine maintenance on your car will reduce repairs and make your car more fuel efficient
  • Rather than driving, use the shuttle when going to Downtown Bethlehem. It is more cost effective and reduces gas use.

Tips for Faculty & Staff

  • Utilizing Canvas for online assignments and assessments will reduce paper usage
  • Encourage students to double-side their printing will reduce paper usage for hard copy submissions
  • Encourage students to take notes electronically on their laptops and iPads
  • During warmer weather, holding classes outside in natural light will reduce energy usage

  • If possible, flex your office hours if you have evening programs and events to minimize trips to campus
  • During warmer weather, holding some meetings outside in natural light will reduce energy usage
  • Utilizing natural light in your office rather than overhead lights and lamps will reduce energy usage
  • Unplug electronics before vacations or extended breaks will reduce energy usage
  • Consider plugging electronics into a power strip and turning the switch off each evening

  • Advertising programs and events on the Moravian College app and social media will reduce paper usage
  • Program assessments done electronically (Moravian College app, Google Forms, etc.) will reduce paper usage
  • During warmer weather, holding programs and events outside in natural light will reduce energy usage and may be more visible to those on campus
  • For annual or recurring events, reusing materials will be more cost effective and sustainable

  • Plan your teaching and office hours schedule to minimize the number of trips to campus
  • If you live close enough, consider walking or biking
  • Carpool with another faculty or staff member to save gas and help with parking
  • Perform routine maintenance on your car to reduce repairs and be more fuel efficient
  • Rather than driving, use the shuttle when going to Downtown Bethlehem. It is more cost effective and reduces gas use.

General Guide

  • Opening blinds and curtains during the day and utilizing natural light can reduce energy usage
  • Turning off lights in your room signals you're not there and also saves electricity
  • CFL bulbs are longer lasting more energy efficient, and cost effective than incandescent bulbs

  • Turn the temperature down in the winter, and higher in the summer
  • Prevent hot or cool air from escaping a space by closing doors and windows while in use
  • Turn off heating or AC during breaks and extended time away when it's not needed will reduce energy usage
  • Dress for the weather indoors so you are more comfortable and less reliant on heating and cooling

  • Reduce the brightness setting on your screens to reduce the strain on your eyes and save electricity
  • Utilize sleep mode rather than screen savers to save energy when you're not using your computer
  • Unplug chargers even when not in use as they still utilize electricity
  • Consider plugging electronics into a power strip and turning the switch off when out of a room for an extended period of time

  • Defrosting your refrigerator and unplugging appliances when leaving for extended periods of time will reduce energy usage
  • Look for appliances with ENERGY STAR symbol on the package

  • Taking shorter showers reduces water usage. Strive for five (minutes)!
  • Reduce the water temperature
  • Turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth
  • Use reusable water bottles

  • Washing full loads reduces energy, water usage, and wear and tear on washing machines
  • Rather than fight for a dryer, use clotheslines or drying racks when you can
  • Utilize cold water whenever possible
  • Clean out the lint screens before using the dryer to maximize it's effectiveness and reduce fire hazard

  • Consider going vegetarian once a week to cut back on energy used in meat production; the Marketplace offers Meatless Mondays
  • Eat local foods when possible as they have less traveling and package costs and use
  • Cover pots when cooking to maintain heat and reduce energy
  • Buy groceries in bulk rather than single frozen meals to reduce excess packaging 
  • Let hot food cool to room temperature before putting it in the refrigerator 
  • Take only as much food as you can eat, and only as many plates and utensils you need
  • Scrape your plates to dispose of food in the trash and recycle everything else possible