- Buy used! — You can buy almost anything used at thrift stores, vintage stores:
- Buy sustainable products / fair trade certified. This can be more expensive at times, but for the extra $ you pay, you are saving a lot more money in the long term if you consider the health of you, your planet, and everything that lives on it. If you can’t buy fair trade items like clothing new, try buying used! For food, try local options. For brand names to look for, see http://fairtradecertified.org and https://www.ewg.org (contains a lot of really cool data and ingredient analysis).
- Think of the small things you can do like taking short, lukewarm or cold showers, using a reusable water bottle, taking the time to wash and eat out of reusable containers and utensils, using reusable bags for groceries and day to day life, washing out and recycling plastics, turning off the lights when not in use, wearing more layers instead of turning the heat up… These little wins add up!
- Compost your food scraps! The Compost Crew works in Ryle, Centennial and Missouri dining halls, and has bins in the campus apartments for those students too! If you live off campus, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Rot Riders will pick up your scraps once a week for free!
- Check the air pressure of your car/bike tires frequently to get better gas/pedal mileage! — “Tire pressure has to be checked periodically to assure that the influences of time, changes in ambient temperatures or a small tread puncture have not caused it to change. For every 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature, your tire’s inflation pressure will change by about 1 psi.”
- If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down. — You save lots and lots of water! The average toilet uses 4 or more gallons of water per flush. If you have a low flow toilet (many do not) it uses about 1.5 gallons of water per flush.
- Carry a handkerchief! — You can blow your nose, wipe your hands, or clean up spills without wasting paper products!
- ECO on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/ECO-at-Truman-State-University/136131166451421
- Take the Truman Sustainability Pledge! http://sustainability.truman.edu/sustainabilitypledge.asp
- Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area with localharvest.org.
- “Tim forced a trial so we would have a chance to show the world that if you stand up for a livable future, others will stand with you.” Read about his story and how you can help him. www.bidder70.org
- Going somewhere? Need a place to stay? Couch surf!
- Want to read some interesting articles about environmental issues? Check out grist.
- Check out “Grow: a Documentary about Community, Health, & Food” at growmovie.wordpress.org. Synopsis: A growing movement of people is reconnecting to their food and it’s more then just hobby. The midwest’s grassroots movements are collaborating with public officials to build local food systems across the corn and soy bean state of Illinois. In response to issues of economic revitalization, health, and community resilience, are we ripe for change?
- Washinton University’s organic garden, theburningkumquat.com.
- Kirksville construction crews can leave a green footprint on the environment by utilizing green construction equipment that is powered by solar energy or biodiesel fuel: http://www.rockanddirt.com