7 Ways Students Can Contribute to Saving the Environment

6 Mar, 2011  |  Written by  |  under Uncategorized

There are many things that are expected of you as a student, and most of them are related to academic performance and good social behavior. No one really believes that students can contribute anything significant to saving the environment and making the world a better place to live in. However, with just a tiny bit of effort and a whole lot of willingness, it’s very easy for students to do the little things that go a long way into making our environment greener and our planet healthier. So along with gaining an education, here’s how you can simultaneously play your part in saving the environment:

1.      Switch off appliances and electronic gadgets when they’re not in use: Just the simple acts of turning off lights and ceiling fans when they’re not in use, shutting down computers instead of leaving them to “sleep” or “hibernate”, and removing chargers from power outlets when they’re not connected to notebook computers or mobile phones or other gadgets, go a long way in your green efforts. While it may take a while to get used to doing this, it soon becomes second nature.

2.      Use energy responsibly: Minimize the use of air conditioners – keep windows closed when they’re on, and when the weather is not harsh, avoid using ACs and room heaters. Make do with ceiling fans and extra blankets whenever possible.

3.      Use less water: Don’t just spend less time in the shower, also make sure that you don’t leave the water running when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth. And when you’re done using the facilities, ensure that the faucets and closets are not leaking.

4.      Recycle: When removing trash from your dorm room or living area, take a few extra minutes to sort through it and recycle it responsibly. Don’t just dump old newspapers, magazines and aluminum cans into one large bag and stuff it down the trash chute.

5.      Reuse: College text books are much cheaper when they’re secondhand, and you’re also helping to save more than a few trees when you buy the used kind. Also, take along a shopping bag every time you visit the supermarket or the department store. This way, you can minimize the use of paper bags and say no to plastic as well.

6.      Use public transportation: This is another budgetary measure for the cash-strapped college student – use the bus or the train to get around instead of investing in a secondhand car (which could so easily turn out to be a lemon) and spending much more for gas. Or if you’re looking to boost your health and fitness as well, just walk or buy a bike and pedal around campus and through town. If you own a car, carpool with friends to minimize expenses and cut down on fuel usage.

7.      Don’t print hard copies unless absolutely necessary: Email has made it easier to conserve the use of paper and minimize the number of trees that need to be cut. So take advantage of this and avoid printing out documents and letters unless you absolutely need a hard copy. Whenever possible, use paper on both sides, and invest in recycled paper for your fax machine and printer.

As you can see, the above list is simple and not too hard to practice. So make the most of your days as a student learning and following good habits that make our environment a better place and you a greener person.