By Lucy Reis, E23 Reporter
Kermit the Frog said that “it’s not easy being green.” However, living sustainably in college is easier than it seems. This week, April 10-14, is Sustainability Week at Mizzou. Here are some tips to help you live a green lifestyle.
Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room
Although it’s just a small change, if everyone in a residence hall does it, a seemingly small action can make a huge difference in the amount of energy a dorm uses. The same goes for water. By taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, you can help reduce Mizzou’s water usage.
Know what can be recycled and where you can recycle it
In most of the dorms, each room has a small recycling bin. Additionally, in every dorm each floor has a trash room that also has a recycling tub. Rather than just throwing everything away, take the time to separate your trash and your recyclables. It’s a quick and easy addition to your cleaning regimen that Mother Nature would definitely appreciate.
Invest in a sturdy water bottle
Every college student needs a water bottle. So why not make the investment in a quality water bottle? Additionally, instead of repeatedly buying cases of bottled water, buy a water filter. They are more cost effective and won’t use absurd amount of plastic.
Eat what you take
Mizzou offers several “all you care to eat” dining locations, each with a plethora of options. Instead of helping yourself to a lot food from the get-go, try taking smaller portions. By doing this, you’re less likely to contribute to the large amount of food waste that Mizzou produces each day.
It’s easy to find clubs and organizations that are working to find more ways to live sustainably on campus. Clubs like the Mizzou Energy Action Coalition, Greeks Go Green, and so many others are constantly working towards making Mizzou a more sustainable and energy efficient campus.
Mizzou’s Sustainability Week will have events throughout the week such as Trivia Night, a screening of the movie “Before the Flood“, Ecochella, a concert with a green focus. For a full schedule of events, check out the Sustain Mizzou website. Stay sustainable Tigers!