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Maybe you haven't been doing everything you can up to this point.

That's OK, it doesn't matter as much where you have been in your process of being greener, as long as you take another step forward (2 or 3 steps would be even better).

Everyone has to start somewhere, so why not start Today!

Ideas for Getting Involved

Attend campus sustainability events
Some past SustainABILITY events have included:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • if you don't need it, don't use it or buy it (conservation is the easiest step, reduce your consumerism)
  • if you can reuse it, reuse it as many times as you can (or someone else can)
  • if you can't reuse it, recycle it (with a charitable organization or in recycling bins)

Volunteer
Volunteer your time, efforts, and/or money to something that you are passionate about. You may even be able to get help paying for school or use paid leave benefits. Where you spend your time, efforts, and money speak volumes about who you are and what you care about. Where do you spend yours? Find out more about AmeriCorps, Serve.gov, or the Student Conservation Association.

The Sustainable Endowment Institute provides information for students, faculty, alumni & more

Submit your ideas, questions, comments, or share your green story with us. Have you started carpooling? What about recycling at home? Let us know.

What can students do?

Take a class (PDF)

Learn more about the dining services sustainability initiatives

Back to school green shopping list (PDF)
Find out great ways to get yourself ready for school and help save the planet at the same time.

Around your room (PDF)

  • use power strips (so electronics can be easily shut down or unplugged while not in use or on break)
  • use reusable shopping bags (recommend three) when shopping and reusable bottles for your beverages
  • shop local, start downtown; buy items with high recycled content in them (paper, clothes, furniture)
  • look for organic (see Publications), fair-trade, or other environmentally-sensitive certifications for your purchases (clothes, sheets, cleaning supplies/detergent)
  • eat a low carbon diet (PDF); see how your dining choices affect the environment (calculator [PDF])
  • use CFLs for lamps (check out our listing of Resources) and turn off the lights (PDF)
  • reduce your water usage by shutting off the water while brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers
  • ride your bicycle - there are three bike fixit stations throughout campus (the fixit includes all the tools necessary to perform basic reparis and maintenance)
  • use the Radford Transit instead of driving or try out the Enterprise Carshare
  • make sure the energy management settings (PDF) are activated on your computer and use the paper saving guidelines (PDF)

Get involved with an on-campus organization

What can faculty and staff do?

Around the office

  • use a reusable coffee mug
  • pack your lunch, eat a low carbon diet and calculate how your dining choices affect the environment
  • walk, bike (bicycle rack map), or carpool to the office
  • make sure the energy management settings (PDF) are activated on your computer and turn off the lights (PDF) when not used for 15 minutes or more
  • ask yourself, "do you really need multiple monitors?"
  • don't print unless you have to (only 2-sided copies) and use the paper saving guidelines (PDF)
  • use power strips (so electronics can be easily shut down or unplugged while not in use or on break)
  • know where your closest recycling bins are located

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