The end of the academic year is here and many students will be leaving campus for other locations. The Office of Sustainability has this message: “Even though you’re off campus, you can take sustainability with you!”
The Office issues six tips for having a sustainable summer:
- Beating the heat: summer is hot, let’s face it. But that doesn’t have to mean the A/C comes on. Instead, open your windows at night to let in the cool evening air, then close them in the morning before the day heats up. And don’t forget to close the shades/curtains. And use a fan – a ceiling fan or a window fan, oscillating or still. Even a paper fan that you use to cool yourself will help! Stagnant air feels much hotter than moving air, so get that air circulating! If you must use A/C, turn the temperature up a few degrees so you’re not in a polar zone, and wear summer-weight clothes.
- Activities: opt for electronics-free activities. Go for a hike, visit the beach, play ball, go to a local park, read a great book (or 20).
- Grilling: choose propane over charcoal, or go with a natural charcoal product.
- Food: Buy locally grown food, organic if you can get it! Farmers’ markets are a great choice for getting local foods. Visit, www.localharvest.org for a complete list of farmers markets in your area.
- Picnics: use reusable plates rather than disposable.
- Charge: use a solar backpack to charge your devices without hooking into the grid.
Whatever you end up doing this summer, remember to recycle everything you can, reduce what you purchase/use, and reuse rather than purchasing new. That way you can rethink your choices, reimagine your future, and rediscover the beauty of the world around us!