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Sustainability Tips

For Students

  • Turn off lights, computers, printers, copiers, and other appliances that are not in use.
  • Unplug small appliances and chargers that are not in use to prevent "phantom" or "vampire" loads.
  • Keep the lights off when natural lighting is sufficient. Natural lighting provides many benefits to you! 
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Activate the hibernation settings on your computer.
  • Cycle, walk or carpool to class and work. Better yet, ride CARTA buses, they’re free!
  • Avoid packaged products. This starts with bringing your own coffee mug and water bottle.
  • Lower the temperature of your dorm room in the winter and close the windows when the heat is on.  Likewise, raise the temperature in the summer.  Consider keeping your thermostat at 68 in the winter and 72 in the summer.
  • Reduce water usage: take shorter/fewer showers; turn off faucet when brushing teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
  • Reduce drying time when doing laundry (it saves energy and your clothes last longer).
  • Choose Energy Star appliances.
  • Re-use plastic bags, boxes, and jars.
  • Recycle paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles.
  • When printing, use both sides of the page, and always purchase recycled paper.  Let the library know you'd prefer the option for duplex (both sides) printing and for them to purchase a higher content of post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Recycle your copy of The Cistern Yard or read one that has been recycled.  Better yet, catch it online!
  • Favor local products when you shop, especially food like that sold on Saturdays at the Charleston Farmers’ Market on Marion Square. When you're in the dining halls, ask for local food items.
  • Donate used items like clothing, furniture and appliances to charities instead of trashing them when the academic year ends.
  • Share these tips with your roommates, classmates and friends.

For Employees

  • Turn off lights, computers, printers, copiers, and other appliances that are not in use.
  • Keep the lights off when natural lighting is sufficient during the day.
  • Unplug small appliances and chargers that are not in use to prevent "phantom" or "vampire" loads.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Activate the hibernation settings on your computer.
  • Cycle or walk to work, or carpool. Better yet,  ride CARTA buses, they’re free!
  • Avoid packaged products. This starts with carrying your own coffee mug, lunch box and water bottle.
  • Carry and use reusable shopping bags.
  • If the temperature in your work area isn't’t comfortable, have the Physical Plant adjust it before ordering and using a personal heater or fan.
  • If you purchase office appliances, choose Energy Star products.
  • If you purchase office paper, opt for recycled paper or high recycled content.
  • While on campus recycle paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles.
  • Save paper by printing on both sides of a page.
  • If you purchase office furnishings, opt for sustainable products and companies by checking with Good Guide or the EPA website.