Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing summer!
Sometimes making a few small changes and help the environment in a big way. Starting fresh with a new year we all have a chance to try something new and make new habits that lead to a greener future.
I am only one, but I still am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do still do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. -Helen Keller
These are just a few quick ideas to help the environment in this new school year:
1. Ride your bike to class! Parking on campus can be a difficult and stressful so by walking or riding your bike to class you reduce your carbon footprint and avoid scrambling to find a parking spot before class.
2. Bring your laptop to class. Some professors stay traditional and do not allow students to bring a laptop to class but many professors allow it or encourage it. For powerpoint lectures you could even write notes on the bottom of each slide.
3. Use online flashcards! Many of us when studying for exams use flashcards but after the test or the semester we never look at them again. Instead of using paper flashcards you can now make them online, for free! One website for free online flashcards is: http://www.flashcardmachine.com/. There is also many sets of flashcards already made so you may find the ones you need without having to make them. You can even download the app to your smartphone to study on the go!
4. Go through old school supplies and put them to use! Over the years all of us have accumulated notebooks, pens, pencils, binders, etc. Take a look through some of the extras you have at home and you may not need to pay for notebooks this year!
5. Download your textbooks onto your computer or book reader device. This option is often less expensive than buying the paper textbook and if you bring your computer to class you won’t need to also carry a heavy textbook.
6. Bring a fork and knife to use when eating on campus. Hasbrouck Dining Hall uses plates and silverware that can be reused but other eateries on campus do not. By bringing your own fork and knife you can help reduce waste in landfills. Black plastics are not recyclable in New Paltz so the disposable forks and knives in the Student Union Building will end up sitting there for hundreds of years in a landfill.
7. Bring a reusable water bottle to class instead of bottled water. Buying a reusable water bottle saves money in the long run because it is a one time cost of anywhere from $5 to $20 but a bottle of water can be $2 and buying one a day starts to add up quickly.
Good luck with classes and stay tuned to find out when Recycling Club will be having general interest meetings. If you want to check us out sooner we will be at the Club and Involvement Fair on September 13th from 11am to 2pm in the SU MPR.