Green Tips for Earth Week – Green Your Dorm

April 22, 2011

Those college acceptance letters are still trickling in and many high school seniors are mentally checked out. With all of the big changes and exciting opportunities right around the corner in college, it’s hard to know where to start. The first real step is usually moving into your dorm cell. With all of the newness and change, it’s nice to bring a bit of home with you – like that environmental savvy your momma raised you with. Just because you have a new life doesn’t mean there isn’t room for old good habits. Here’s how to bring your green routine to the dorm room:

  1. 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.
  2. Sharing is caring. Do you and your roommate really need separate mini-refrigerators and TVs?
  3. Think organic. Consider 100 percent organic cotton or bamboo linens and bedding.
  4. Take charge. Use power strips to easily manage your appliances and unplug whatever you aren’t currently using.
  5. 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.
  6. Choose energy-efficient products such as CFL/fluorescent lightbulbs and Energy Star rated appliances.
  7. 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.