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Sustainability Tips for Students

Save the Planet - Starting With Your Little Corner of the World

At SBU we strive to maintain a sustainable culture that decreases our impact on the natural environment. Please join us as we think sustainably and reduce our environmental footprint, starting with your little corner of the world.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

In the Residence Hall

  • Use LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, which last longer and use less energy than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
  • Turn off unnecessary electrical devices when you leave a room for more than 15 minutes.
  • Enable your computer to go into "sleep mode" when not in use.
  • Do not leave computers on all night.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.
  • Unplug cell phone and other device chargers when charging is complete.
  • Take advantage of natural light rather than using electric whenever possible.
  • Pull down window shades at night in the winter and during the day in the summer.
  • Turn off and defrost your refrigerator over long breaks.
  • Buy inexpensive mugs and plates that you can wash rather than disposable ones.
  • Reuse envelopes and previously used paper as scrap paper for notes and lists.
  • Get a reusable container and fill it using SBU's water bottle filling stations instead of buying cases of bottled water.
  • Share magazines and books.
  • Carry a tote bag for shopping so you don't have to use a plastic bag.
  • Take part in SBU's Free Cycle to get reusable items

In the Bathroom

  • Take shorter showers; don't run the water before getting in, and turn off the water while lathering.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and shaving.
  • Report leaky faucets and showerheads to sustainability@stonybrook.edu.
  • Don't use the toilet as a garbage bin. Toss tissues and waste in trash cans.

In the Laundry Room

  • Only wash full loads of laundry.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Air dry whenever possible.
  • Use products containing the least amount of bleaches, dyes, and fragrances.

In the Classroom

  • When possible, use an electronic device to take notes instead of paper
  • Use recycled paper.
  • Take notes on both sides of paper.
  • If it's OK with your professor, hand in assignments printed on both sides of the page.
  • Unless you're handicapped, don't use automatic handicap doors.

In the Workplace

  • When you print or photocopy, use both sides of the paper.
  • Save pages that you've printed and use the backs to print out drafts and other things you don't have to turn in.
  • When possible, use your printer's draft-quality setting to save ink.
  • Bookmark webpages instead of printing them for research.
  • Edit on screen, not on paper.
  • Use e-mail to minimize paper use.
  • Turn off your printer when not in use.

Created by Application Support for Administration
Sustainability @ Stony Brook University