Suggested Personal Sustainability Actions
- Don't use a space heater.
- Don't open windows or doors (exterior or vestibule) when heat or air conditioning is on. Close storm windows in winter.
- Use cold water for laundry, and dry clothes on a line or drying rack.
- If able, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Turn off unneeded and unused lights, appliances, and computers.
- Set sleep or hibernate modes on all computers to power down after 15-30 minutes.
- Use natural light, and choose desk lighting instead of overhead lighting when needed.
- Use CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs) or LEDs for personal lighting. Recycle through Bill Nelligan at Physical Plant.
- Use power strips for all electronics that use "vampire energy" (computers, printers, water coolers, coffee pots, TVs, etc.).
- Eliminate individual mini-fridges and printers. Share with your office or a friend.
- If you have a dishwasher, fill it completely before running and let dishes air-dry.
- Carpool with coworkers or friends. Try out the campus Rideboard.
- Use public transportation (including The Ride) whenever possible.
- Walk or bike, especially on campus and when going downtown.
- Never travel via airplane for trips under 350 miles.
- Use videoconferencing software instead of travel.
- If you are in the market for a new vehicle, shop for a higher-mileage, hybrid, or electric model. Lighter, smaller cars are typically more fuel-efficient.
- Reduce the number of car trips you take each week; for example, make good shopping lists to minimize trips to the grocery store.
- Driving more slowly greatly increases your mileage. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.
Waste and Consumption
- Join the Wesleyan Freecycle listserv to give and get personal and office items.
- Seek items that are reused, reusable, or with recycled content.
- Recycle all glass, metal, plastic, paper, and cardboard, and pay attention to recycling properly. If there is too much “contamination” in a load of recyclables, it will go into the trash instead of being recycled.
- Compost food waste.
- Recycle ink cartridges, electronics, CDs, batteries, and light bulbs.
- Print only when necessary. Double-side copies, reuse paper, and default to 0.5" margins to conserve paper.
- Buy paper with at least 30% recycled content and/or FSC certification.
- Share reusable office and kitchen supplies with coworkers, family, and friends.
- Reuse packing materials or share via Freecycle.
- Reuse bags, cups, and cutlery, and bring them with you.
- Unsubscribe from junk mailing lists.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Buy in bulk.
- Buy in-season, local, organic, and/or sustainably produced foods and drinks.
- Reduce water consumption by taking shorter showers (<5 minutes), turning off water while brushing teeth or washing dishes, and reducing irrigation use.
- Don’t buy bottled water.
- Save Water 49 Ways