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Reduce Your Hoofprint Challenges
Take the hoofprint challenge!
We at the SU Center for Environmental Stewardship are so excited that you have joined us in making SU a greener place! By joining today, you’ve completed this challenge! By completing these challenges, you’re learning about ways you can live more sustainably and actually making an impact. Signing up is only the first step. If you complete over 75% of the challenges (18 of the 23), you will be invited to join us for mocktails and desserts at the Sustainable SU competition in March and pick up your prize!
In completing these challenges, maybe you’ll come up with a great idea on how to make SU greener. If so, you could win $100 just for sharing it with us! Five finalists will be selected to present their ideas and earn prizes in March.
Unplug the vampires
Did you know that your electronic devices still draw some energy when they’re plugged in and you’re not using them? Conserve energy today by turning off your computer instead of just letting it go to sleep. If you already do that, unplug another device when you’re not using it—like your coffee maker.
Calculate your carbon footprint
How many earths would it take if everybody lived the way you do? Complete this week’s challenge by doing this quick online quiz to learn about whether you’re living sustainably and ways you can reduce your impact on the planet.
Broaden your knowledge of recycling!
November 15 is America Recycles Day! Did you know that you can recycle shampoo bottles and the cardboard toilet paper rolls? Complete this week’s challenge by expanding your knowledge.
Eat a fruit/veggie that is in season in your region
Do you love apples? What about broccoli and kale? Well, now is the time to munch on those veggies! Eat an old favorite or try a new veg this week that is in season. Check out the link to see what options are in season.
Take the PaperCut Challenge!
The faculty and staff of SU have been charged to try to reduce their printing to help save energy and trees. Last spring, we reduced printing at SU by 2%! That’s over 34,000 pieces of paper! You can help, too. Try not printing your PowerPoints and take notes on your computer. If you need to print them, print them with 3-6 slides per page and print double-sided. You can also print in grayscale to save energy. Be mindful and reduce your printing this week to check off this challenge!
Ban the bead
By mid-2017, tiny plastic microbeads in hygiene products will be banned, but until then, download this app to help you avoid products that contain these harmful beads. Complete this challenge when you use the app to check your personal hygiene products for beads.
12/12 (finals week)
Leave Steve Green!
Last spring, SU students in the Residence Halls diverted over 7,000 pounds of materials from landfills and put them back to good use in the community! We donated 6,000 pounds of clothing and household goods to Goodwill and over 1,000 pounds of food to our SU food pantry and the Maryland Food Bank. Help us divert even more waste this year! If you have unexpired, non-perishable food you don’t want or if you’re moving out, donate your stuff instead of chucking it.
Wash laundry in cold water
Energy Star states that almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes to heating water. Switching from hot or warm water to cold water washing saves that energy. In fact, each household that makes the switch to cold-water washing eliminates about 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year, according to the Sierra Club. Washing laundry in cold water gets them just as clean as if you were to wash in hot water. Washing laundry in cold water conserves energy, it also preserves fabric color. Try it while you’re washing all your laundry at home this week!
Recycling is good, but reusing is better! Bringing a reusable cup or bottle with you is a great way to reduce the waste going into landfills. Try bringing a reusable water bottle or coffee cup with you for this whole week and maybe you’ll start a new great habit.
Turn the water off
When brushing your teeth, it is important to turn off your water when you are not actively using it to rinse off your tooth brush or rinsing your mouth. Doing this will conserve up to 2.5 gallons per minute!
1/16 (MLK) (Winterim)
Cutting shower time can save a surprising amount of water. Using an average number of 2.5 gallons per minute from the typical shower head, reducing your shower length by 4 minutes per day would save (assuming you shower every day, ahem) 3,650 gallons per year. In addition to saving water, you also save the energy required to heat that water to shower temperature. This green tip will save you some green, and give you 4 more minutes per day (a little over 24 hours per year) to do something else.
Humans are omnivores. However, it is pretty easy for humans to get all of the important nutrients from a vegetarian diet. If you’re not ready to take the plunge into vegetarianism, you could try it out by going meat-free one day per week. Eating less meat is good for you and good for the environment.
Join the Litterati
Become a trash paparazzi! If you see litter, take a picture and then pick it up. Complete this challenge when you log your first piece of litter.
Skip the straw
Straws are among the most frequently found litter items at beach cleanups. Americans use over 500 million straws per day, which all end up either in landfills or our environment as litter. Make a difference by taking the “No Plastic Straw Pledge” and say NO to plastic straws at local eateries.
Use fewer paper towels
Napkins and paper towels are not recyclable. The Energy Co-Op reports that if every American used one less paper towel per day, we would divert 571 million pounds of paper from landfills each year! Try a reusable towel or a hand dryer instead.
Cut back on the booze
For our 21 and up friends, this gives another meaning to “responsible drinking”. If you cut back on your beverages and drink higher quality local brews and wines, you’re not only supporting local businesses, but you’re also helping the environment by reducing the shipping and energy costs of transporting your adult beverages to you.
If you already abstain from alcohol, you can easily check off this challenge!
Eat an ugly fruit/veggie
The US consumes less than half of the fruits and veggies that we produce. More than half goes into landfills. Don’t let that ugly apple go to waste! Eat it instead. Find an ugly piece of produce at a restaurant or the grocery store and eat it this week.
Bring your own bag
Bringing your own bags when shopping saves you money- many stores give you 5₵ for each reusable bag you bring? If you use an eco-friendly re-usable bag, you can reduce the usage of plastic bags, as they are easily lost and can end up in places that threaten wildlife.
3/13 (spring break)
Save money and spend time with a friend while you’re helping the planet! If you’re going to nearby destinations for spring break, carpool with a friend. Not only will you have a fun roadtrip, but you’ll save gas and money getting to that spring break destination!
Become a citizen naturalist
Now that spring is starting, go outside and look for new plants and critters! This week, join a community of citizen scientists using the iNaturalist app and see what critters are around campus.
Join a local cleanup
Visit the Project Clean Stream website to find a cleanup near you. Or join the SU Center for Environmental Stewardship for ours!
Attend the Sustainable SU Competition
Did you complete 75% or more of the challenges!? If so, you’re welcome to attend the Put the SU in SUstainability competition and pick up your prize! Listen to the presentations by your fellow students with great ideas for making SU a greener place.