Calling all college students: school will begin soon and there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the carbon footprint of your dorm room.
- Make someone else’s garbage your treasure. Browse Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for futons, desks, chairs, etc. instead of spending a fortune buying new furniture.
- Sharing is caring. Do you and your roommate really need separate mini-refrigerators and TVs?
- Think organic. Consider 100 percent organic cotton or bamboo linens and bedding.
- Take charge. Use power strips to easily manage your appliances and unplug whatever you aren’t currently using.
- Turn off the lights and all appliances when you’re not in the room. Encourage dorm-mates to do so in lounges or other dorm common areas too.
- Choose energy-efficient products such as CFL/fluorescent lightbulbs and Energy Star rated appliances.
- Invest in a reusable water bottle. It will cost less than $15, and some cafes give a discount when you use a reusable bottle for drinks.
After you have mastered your dorm room, encourage your university to go carbon neutral. Carbonfund.org partners with a number of colleges and universities to reduce their carbon footprint and support third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.