What You Can Do
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
- 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
- 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)
- 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.