BY JACOB TROXELL
With our planet losing species and temperatures and sea levels rising, campuses around the country are striving to be more environmentally friendly.
Salisbury University has committed to sustainability in their master plan and aims to cut energy usage over the next 15 years, eventually leading to climate neutrality by 2050.
There are many ways SU students can help the environment, and these five things can be done today.
- Print double sided. Students are given hundreds of free prints each week at the library, which has printers automatically set to print double sided. Using these (or the double sided setting on your own printer) will reduce the amount of paper used in students’ various school assignments.
- Take the bus to class. For the students who live in areas like University Orchard or University Park, a bus is scheduled to drive students to and from campus throughout the day. Instead of driving your own car, riding with others can save gas and prevent the burning of excess fossil fuels. For those who do not have a bus service, carpooling, walking or riding a bicycle to class is another green alternative. Each gallon of gasoline burned by a vehicle releases 19.4 pounds of carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere.
- Use a reusable water bottle. SU has a number of water bottle fill-up stations around campus at each water fountain so students and faculty can reduce the amount of plastic they use. About 38 billion plastic water bottles were not recycled last year, resulting in $1 billion worth of plastic wasted. Investing in a reusable water bottle can not only help spare the environment of plastic that takes many years to decompose, but it can also save students money in the long run.
- Open doors by hand, not button. Many buildings on campus have handicap buttons that will automatically open the door for you. Using these buttons consumes electrical energy when most people can open the door themselves.
- Unplug the phone charger. College students use their mobile phones for many different things on campus, and remembering to unplug their charger from the outlet after use will prevent the charger from continuing to use energy.
For more information on how to be green, visit Salisbury University’s sustainability page at http://www.salisbury.edu/sustain/.