Top 10 ways to make your school campus more sustainable - MAHB (2023)

Think your campus isn't very green, but you're not sure what to do about it? There are so many ways that school campuses can become more sustainable with the right initiatives and support. It is important for universities and students to be leaders in green movements, as academics and students are often seen as pioneers and motivators of change in the rest of society. Obviously, moving to a greener campus is not always easy, as some options require a large investment on the part of the school, but the challenges and obstacles do not mean that it is not worth trying. Here are 10 different ways you can promote sustainability and help make your university green.

1. Install recycling and composting stations on campus

The easiest way to create a more sustainable college campus is to improve the recycling and composting program. It's easy to implement and a sure win for green initiatives. Every location on campus that currently has a trash can should also have a recycling bin, either a pair for different materials or a single stream option. You can also add a biowaste container. This can reduce misdirected waste by up to 50 percent. These bins can be labeled with simple images to show users which waste goes in which bin.

There are some simple actions you can take to start this on your campus, such as: B. contacting your local recycling facilities and finding out what materials they accept. Talk to your school facility to find additional bins and label them properly. With their approval, add these bins in the busiest parts of the school, especially where bins already exist and near food vendors.

2. Set up an e-waste unit

If there's one place full of outdated and unusable electronics, it's college campuses. Consider running an e-waste collection campaign to successfully promote sustainability on your campus. Just talk to the facilities department for a permit and place collection bins in the campus parking lot.

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Talk to local businesses and vendors to find out what electronics they accept and if they accept bulk shipments. Ask your local university or business to sponsor the campaign and use social media to share information about the campaign, including a list of all accepted electronic devices.

3. Start a fundraising program for the moving season

During dorm moving season, there is often a lot of junk, from clothes students don't want to put away to extra groceries in the kitchen. Instead of throwing all that stuff away, set up a donation program so that stuff can go to people in need.

George McNulty, educator ofwrite statusYboom essays, suggests that you “contact local charities to find out how best to organize this programme. Students can donate all of their unwanted items and food (non-perishable goods) to partner organizations instead of sending everything to the landfill.”

4. Get active with bike rental

Bicycling around campus and to and from campus is much better for the environment than driving or even taking the bus. Setting up a bike sharing program is a great way to encourage students not to drive during term. Ask the school administration to sponsor the cost of the bikes, locks, racks, and all associated maintenance costs. Not only is it more environmentally friendly and reduces vehicle emissions, it also encourages exercise and a healthier lifestyle. It also helps students think greener in general.

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5. Attend sustainability summits

What better way to introduce the student body to the benefits of sustainability than to meet like-minded people and go to a sustainability event? Find sustainability events near you and organize a school trip to an event. It's a great way to increase membership on a campus sustainability committee and bring great ideas to campus.

According to Kyle Frasier, Professor at the Assignment Writing Service and Paper Fellows, “Another option is a sustainability fair that covers concepts like energy efficiency. Ask advocates in your area to speak at the school about waste reduction, energy saving techniques, and how everyone can do their part to reduce environmental impact.”

6. Reduce paper waste

Schools are among the biggest offenders when it comes to wasting paper, from exams to syllabuses to course content. Talk to your administrator about ways to reduce paper waste, from online course materials to digitizing many library resources. The library building is another great place to ask for support in reducing paper waste on campus.

7. Visit renewable energy buildings

You can arrange a day tour of a building that uses renewable energy or is a leader in sustainability to get inspired on your own college campus. Take a look at buildings that are LEED certified or solar powered. They often organize guided tours and learning experiences for students who want to learn more about sustainable architecture and building with renewable energy.

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Check out nearby wind farms or solar panels. This way, you can learn about available opportunities and start planning projects for your green campus. You can often learn how these initiatives came to be and get some great advice.

8. Start a garden on campus

A great green initiative is the creation of a community garden for organic products. You can grow produce in collaboration with the local food options or diner, or donate what you grow to the local pantry or table. It's a great way to educate students and faculty on campus about healthy living.

Gardening is also a great stress reliever and contributes to good mental health. Jenny Paulson, green blogger for Big Assignments and Ox Essays, says she should "talk to her management about the best place to start this community garden and find great area charities to meet up with and donate fresh vegetables."

9. Bring the compost

Similar to the recycling program and by adding a few biowaste bins in town, you should start a full composting program on campus. Due to the many dining options and cafeterias, food waste occurs quickly on campus. When you compost, much less food ends up in landfills. You can even consider using biodegradable dinnerware instead of plastic dinnerware in the dining room. Composting can include everything from leftover food preparation scraps to what's left on dinner plates. The difference between composting and landfilling is huge and saves tons of unnecessary landfill waste.

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10. Think long term

You need to set some short term and long term goals for your campus. Nothing is too ambitious for your sustainability program, so consider commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, achieve carbon neutrality by a specific year, and even fund a certain amount each year for research and education efforts. When students become aware of sustainable living practices, they often carry those habits into their lives beyond college.

The most important step is to make sure that sustainability is at the top of everyone's mind. By embracing these ideas, you can help make your college campus more sustainable.

Aimee Laurence, Tutor atUK sourcesYAcademic Writing Service, writes about sustainability initiatives and how to be greener, big and small. He loves finding simple ways for people to go green. Aimee also works as a freelance in Human Resources forRehearsal.

HeMAHB-Blogis a project of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere. Questions should be directed to joan@mahbonline.org

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