Green Living Guide

Sustainability Tips for Students

Wondering how you can be more sustainable at Michigan Tech? Here are some helpful facts and tips to get you started.

Drive Less

Walk, bike, carpool, or take the shuttle instead. Consider leaving your car at home and using the USG break bus or riding with a friend. Save some dough in the process!

Mind Your Kilowatts

The greenest kilowatt is the one we don't use! Turn off lights, electronics, and appliances when they are not in use. Turn down your thermostat. Wash your clothes with cold water and hang dry when possible. Report drafty windows and leaky faucets to Facilities Management.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Use reusable coffee mugs, water bottles, shopping bags, and other items. Recycle and compost when you can. Donate unwanted items instead of tossing them.

Hot tip: Bring your own mug to DOW Fusion or the Library Café and try out the Mr. Lid program at Breakfast & CO. or Bowl Life (in the MUB) to get a discount.

Eat Thoughtfully

Only take as much as you need in the dining hall, eat local options when available, and eat less meat, seafood, and dairy.

Conserve Water

Take shorter showers, wash full loads of laundry, and turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or doing dishes.

Get Involved

Being active in your community is one of the most important aspects of contributing to a sustainable, just, and resilient society. Consider joining an existing sustainability student organization or starting your own. Volunteer in the community through a nonprofit or via Husky Helpers and SLI.

Add To Your Academics

Take a course, join an Enterprise (E.g. Green Campus, Alternative Energy, or Hotforest), add a major/minor, or dive into research.

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