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Green Guide
Sustainability

Green Guide

Tips for Students

  • Coordinate with your roommates in advance to prevent duplicate items and waste
  • Utilize common area refrigerators in units with kitchens rather than individual mini-fridges
  • Considering purchasing a more energy efficient and cost effective microfridge rather than individual microwave and fridge
  • Defrost your refrigerator and unplug appliances when leaving for break periods
  • Reuse plastic containers rather than cardboard when moving in and out
  • Use the shuttle when going to Downtown Bethlehem or the other campus rather than driving

  • Plan your class schedule to minimize the number of trips to campus
  • Stay on campus between classes and activities rather than waste gas
  • If you live close enough, consider walking or biking
  • Carpool with another commuter to save gas and help with parking
  • Perform routine maintenance on your car to reduce repairs and be more fuel efficient
  • Use the shuttle when going to Downtown Bethlehem or the other campus rather than driving

Tips for Faculty & Staff

  • Cut back on paper by utilizing Canvas for more online assignments and assessments
  • For hard copy submissions, encourage students to double-side their printing
  • Provide students with opportunities to use their laptop in class to encourage electronic note taking
  • Hold classes outside to utilize natural light in warmer weather

  • 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
  • Use the shuttle when going to Downtown Bethlehem or the other campus rather than driving

General Guide

  • Open your blinds during the day and utilize natural light 
  • Save electricity by turning off the lights when you leave a room
  • Use longer lasting CFL bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs to save money and reduce fire hazard risks

  • 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
  • Dress for the weather so you are 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 when not in use as they still use electricity

  • Unplug and turn off all appliances when not in use
  • Look for appliances with ENERGY STAR symbol on the package
  • Defrost your refrigerator and unplug all appliances when leaving for extended periods of time

  • Take shorter showers, strive for five (minutes)
  • Reduce the water temperature
  • Don't run water while you are brushing your teeth
  • Use reusable water bottles

  • Only wash full loads to save energy and water
  • Use clotheslines or drying racks when you can, don't fight for a dryer!
  • 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 food that 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