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Sustainability Reading List!

Following efforts to stock and fortify the Sustainability Section of the library, the ESU Sustainability Commission is happy to announce the availability of resourceful books at the Kemp Library. More resources will be added on in the near future. Please be sure to stop by the library to make use of these resources.

SAVE THE PLANET - Starting With Your Little Corner of It!

ESU is one of the Universities that has embarked on a campaign to promote an understanding of sustainability and sustainable practices in our community and throughout our academic programs. We ask that you join us by integrating sustainable practices into your life where ever you can.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • At home or in the dorm:
    • Turn off unnecessary electrical devices when you leave a room for more than 15 minutes.
    • Enable your computer to go into "sleep mode" when not in use.
    • Do not leave computers on all night.
    • Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.
    • Unplug cell phone charger when charging is complete.
    • Use natural light rather than electric whenever possible.
    • Pull down window shades at night in the winter and during the day in the summer.
    • Turn off and defrost refrigerator over long breaks.
    • Don't use power strips to turn on your computer and desk equipment all at once.
    • Buy inexpensive mugs and plates that you can wash rather than disposable ones and avoid over-packaged takeout food.
    • Reuse envelopes, advertisements, and previously used paper for notes.
    • Buy a water filter and refill a reusable container instead of buying cases of bottled water.
  • In the bathroom:
    • Take shorter showers; don't run the water before getting in, and turn off the water when lathering.
    • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and shaving.
    • Report leaky faucets and showerheads.
    • Don't use the toilet as a garbage bin. Toss tissues and waste in trash cans.
  • In the laundry room:
    • Only wash full loads of laundry.
    • Wash your clothes in cold water.
    • Air-dry whenever possible.
    • Use products containing the least amount of bleaches, dyes, and fragrances.
  • In the classroom:
    • Use refillable binders instead of notebooks or use a laptop.
    • Use recycled paper.
    • Take notes on both sides of paper.
    • If it’s OK with your professor, hand in assignments by printing on both sides of the page.
    • Unless you’re handicapped, don’t use automatic handicap doors..
  • In the art and photography studio:
    • Use nontoxic, biodegradable art supplies.
    • Replace oil-based paints with water-based paints.
    • Modify spray-painting techniques to minimize over-spraying.
    • Use biodegradable, nontoxic cleaners.
    • Minimize use of cleaning solvents for brush cleaning by reusing dirty solvents for first rinse and fresh solvents for final rinse only.
    • Clean brushes with lavender oil instead of turpentine.
  • In the dining hall:
    • Eat locally grown foods.
    • Carry a reusable cup or water bottle. Some water bottles come with built-in filters if you're worried about the quality of the tap water.
    • Limit the use of paper napkins.
    • Only take what you will eat to limit food waste.
    • Do not remove reusable plates, bowls, cups, or utensils from the dining facilities.
    • Dispose off waste in the correct container.
  • In the store:
    • Carry a tote bag for shopping so you don't have to use a plastic bag.
    • Purchase durable rather than disposable products.
    • If you get a plastic bag, reuse it.
    • Go vintage. Buying used clothing saves money, decreases the use of resources to make clothing, and puts a dent in the problem of sweatshops.
    • Also buy used furniture and books.
    • Buy recycled products, such as paper, and get environmentally safe cleaning products. Check out the options at ESU’s bookstore.
  • In the workplace (student or otherwise):
    • When you print or photocopy, use both sides of each sheet of paper.
    • Save pages that you've printed and use the backs to print out drafts and other things you don't have to turn in.
    • When possible, use your printer's draft or low-quality setting to save ink.
    • Bookmark webpages instead of printing them for research.
    • Edit on screen, not on paper.
    • Use e-mail to minimize paper use.
    • Advertise events using e-mail and by posting on the Digest or in mass publications such as the Stroud Courier or Insight-on the ESU Website rather than papering the campus.