5 Green College Campus Lifestyle Tips

One of the coolest things about today’s college student is that they are growing up in a time where many people are more concerned about the environment than they’ve probably ever been. This, in turn, makes individuals more proactive about the choices that they make when it comes to finding ways to be more energy efficient and responsible with their resources.

If you are a college student who is passionate about having a “green lifestyle” and you’d like some tips on how to live that way on a college campus, we have five great ideas for you below:

Buy used. One of the most prized possessions of any college student on a budget is their money. A great way to keep more of it in your pocket is opting to buy used instead of new. College towns tend to have several great thrift stores and even when it comes to your textbooks, thanks to websites like Chegg, Half and Amazon, you can pay less than retail for those too.

Park and walk. It is real easy to look up at the end of a semester and realize that you owe a couple of hundred dollars due to on-campus parking tickets. By choosing to park your car and walk around campus, not only are you keeping that “ticket expense” in your pocket (where it really belongs), but you’re getting the exercise that you need while also doing your part to keep the emissions level down.

Use less paper. Paper comes from trees and now more than ever, trees are becoming an even more precious commodity. Thanks to cell phones being mini-computers now, you can do everything from creating your weekly schedule and texting your friends to taking notes in class all from the convenience of your phone or tablet (or laptop).

Eat healthy. OK, it might be a bit of a stretch to expect you to eat organically while you’re living on campus. Mostly because the price tag on a lot of those kinds of foods is more suitable to someone with a full-time job than a part-time gig or who is on financial aid. That doesn’t mean that you have to eat at fast food restaurants all of the time, though. Another thing that can save you money is to set aside a certain amount of money to go grocery shopping and then get fresh fruits and vegetables from the produce department. Carrying a peach, some carrot sticks or even a dark chocolate bar in your backpack is far better than some chips or a soda. While we’re on the subject of drinking, look for water coolers on campus instead of buying bottled water and if you are a beer drinker, see if they have some on tap; that way you can drink out of one of their mugs that they can use over and over again.

Use “green” décor. Whether you’re in your sophomore year of school or UC MSN student, if you’re living on campus, there are some green ways that you can decorate your dorm room. Make sure to put incandescent light bulbs in your lamps, use organic cotton or bamboo for your sheets, purchase some soy candles (they burn cleaner and last longer) and pick up an English ivy plant. It’s not only pretty to look at, but also helps to keep toxins out of the air.

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