1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Print only when necessary and always print double sided! Think carefully about whether you actually need to print something. If you do need a hard copy, make sure to print double sided.
  5. 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.
  6. Get involved! Join an extracurricular group or committee to engage in discussion and action on environmental issues. Visit the Get Involved page for more info.
  7. Educate yourself: Take one (or more) environmentally focused courses. These can be found across all disciplines, from Geography to English to Philosophy. Check out the Environmental Courses page for more info.
  8. Re-think the types of products you purchase: Look for products with minimal packaging, those made with recycled material, and things produced locally.
  9. Pack garbage-less lunches: Save money and avoid unnecessary waste from disposable plates and utensils.
  10. 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 your pockets or purse, making it easy to always have one at hand. Reduce pre-packaged condiment waste and napkin waste by not taking more than you need.
  11. 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 community-supported agriculture (CSA) organization.
  12. Support local businesses: Try to purchase products from companies that operate and source 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!).
  13. Change the way you travel: Walk, bike, bus or carpool when you can. Take the bus or train for longer trips, when possible, rather than driving or flying.
  14. 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 them into a power bar makes unplugging easy and convenient.
  15. Reduce water consumption: Take shorter showers, or shower less frequently. Fix any water leaks (taps, toilets, etc.) immediately, or report them 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.
  16. (Gently) challenge the choices 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?