Bring a reusable water bottle: Avoid plastic water bottle waste and enjoy one of the many water bottle refill stations around campus. Quench your thirst and save the Earth!
Reusable mugs! Bring a reusable mug to campus and get 10 cents off every hot beverage purchase at on campus Tim Hortons, Starbucks, or the cafeteria.
Turn off your lights and electronics! Switch off all lights before leaving a room, and shut down your computer if you’re going to be away from it for more than half an hour.
Print only when necessary and always print double sided! Think carefully about whether or not you actually need to print something. If a hard copy is necessary, make sure to print double sided.
Reduce paper waste by encouraging electronic mediums for courses: Continue to encourage professors to accept assignments submitted electronically. Further, encourage professors to post readings from textbooks and course packs online to reduce reliance on hard copies.
Get involved! Join an extracurricular group or committee to engage in discussion and action on environmental issues. See the “Get Involved” page for more info.
Educate yourself: Take one (or more) environmentally minded courses. These are increasingly found across all disciplines, from Economics to Sociology to Geography. Check out the “Environmental Courses” page for more info.
Re-think the types of products you purchase: Look for products with minimal packaging, those made with recycled material, and things produced locally.
Pack garbage-less lunches: Save money and avoid unnecessary waste from disposable plates and utensils.
Change the way you travel: Walk, bike, bus or carpool whenever possible. Take the bus or train for longer trips, when possible, rather than driving or flying.
Minimize packaging and disposable options: Consider carrying your own cutlery or dishware when you know that you’ll be eating food while out. Bring your own reusable grocery bags when shopping- there are many that can be rolled up to fit in pockets or purses, making it easy to always have one at hand. Reduce pre-packaged condiment waste and napkin waste by not taking more than you need.
Connect with your food: Grow your own food either at King’s Community Garden, in your own backyard, or rent a community garden plot in town for the spring and summer months. Purchase local food from the farmers markets or join a CSA.
Support local businesses: Try to purchase products from companies operating and sourcing their products from within the region; not only will you be reducing impacts from transportation, but also supporting the local economy (you’ll get fresher products too!).
Unplug appliances and products when you are not using them: Appliances and products left plugged in still use electricity, even when not in use. Plugging into a power bar can make unplugging easy and convenient.
Reduce water consumption: Take shorter showers, or shower less frequently. Fix any water leaks (taps, toilets, etc.) immediately, or report to your landlord. If you have a dishwasher, wait until it is completely full before running it. Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth. Install low-flow faucets and showerhead fixtures.
Challenge the decisions of those around you: Why is your dad idling his car for 10 minutes? How come your friend is throwing their food scraps in the trash? Why are your roommates purchasing mangos and strawberries in January?