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Following efforts to stock and fortify the Sustainability Section of the library, the ESU Sustainability Commission is happy to announce the availability of these 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:
    • Use compact fluorescent bulbs, which last longer and use less energy than regular bulbs.
    • 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.
    • Go old school -- try a standard phone with a cord instead of a cordless model, which requires constant energy.
    • 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.
    • Share magazines and books.
  • 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 laboratory--Students:
    • Never pour hazardous chemicals down the drain.
    • Use as small an amount of chemicals as possible by following instructions and being exact when measuring out starting materials.
    • Reuse cleaning solvents such as acetone and alcohol for initial cleaning of dirty glassware, using fresh solvent for the final rinse only.
    • Prepare chemical waste for disposal as per instructions in the hazardous waste management program.
  • In the laboratory--Instructors:
    • Always provide proper waste minimization and disposal instructions to students
    • Redesign experiments to minimize hazardous chemical waste and to replace toxic reagents with less hazardous substances.
    • Order reagents in exact amounts to avoid leftovers.
    • Distill and recycle solvents for use in demonstrations.
    • Make sure chemicals are clearly and properly labeled.
  • 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.


The following are some interesting and informative articles (via The Stroud Courier) about sustainability:

  • Five local organizations and institutions dedicated to sustainability by Scott Bradley - Which ones?
  • The sustainability of our oceans by Scott Bradley - Learn more.
  • Sustainable Economics by Scott Bradley - What is Sustainable Economics?
  • Understanding and managing water by Scott Bradley - Click here for more!
  • Mathematical modelling for sustainability at ESU by Scott Bradley - Read more
  • Sustainability Commission at ESU pushes for environmentally friendly practices by Scott Bradley - Read more
  • Sustainability's simple question: Who needs a job? by Scott Bradley - Read more
  • What it means to be sustainable by Scott Bradley - Read more

The Future We Want For All
Eight millennium development goals (MDGs) were set in 2000 by the United Nations to end/halve extreme poverty, halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, and increase access to universal basic education, among others, by the year 2015.

With a very short time remaining until the target year of 2015, the world still faces major challenges. UN System Task Team reports, based on recommendations from the Rio +20 international conference, new sustainable development goals (SDGs) to serve as guidelines for the post-2015 development agenda. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was launched in 2012 to mobilize global scientific and technological knowledge on the challenges 0f sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the post-2015 global sustainable development agenda.

Click on the following links to read more about the suggested SDGs and the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).