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What You Can Do

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Texas State University is working to create a culture of sustainability on campus. You can take these Seven Simple Steps toward a more Sustainable Texas State:

Conserve Water. Every Drop Counts!

  • Limit showers to five minutes or less
  • Turn off the water while brushing teeth, lathering hands, shaving, etc.
  • Only wash full loads of dishes or laundry

Waste Not! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Bring Your Own! Carry a reusable water bottle & coffee mug and use cloth bags when shopping
  • Share your stuff with your friends and donate items when you’re done with them
  • Recycle everything you can’t reuse

Compute Wisely

  • Shut down and unplug computers and other equipment or appliances when not in use
  • Only print when necessary and use both sides of the paper whenever possible
  • Choose “eco” fonts that require less ink and try printing in “draft” mode

Commute Creatively

  • Take the steps instead of an elevator
  • Walk, bike, bus or carpool instead of driving
  • Reduce miles, combine your errands

See the light!

  • Use natural daylight instead of artificial lighting whenever possible   
  • Turn off all lights when leaving a room 
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs)

Eat Well

  • Try pesticide and hormone-free organically grown foods
  • Buy food grown locally
  • Grow your own fruit, vegetables or herbs

Think Before You Buy

  • Where did it come from? How was it made? Where will it go when I’m finished?
  • Prioritize local, natural and energy efficient products when making purchases.
  • Consider the people, places and resources affected by your purchasing decisions.