Green Rooms: How to Make Your Dorm Room More Sustainable

11.05.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Many people feel concerned about the environmental issues our world faces today, but simply do not know what they can do to make an impact. One group in particular is college students. Being in college can be a strain on your wallet and on your time, but here are a few simple steps you can take to make your room greener:

1. The less your buy the better!- when furnishing/decorating your dorm room, think used! Taking furniture/decorations from home or buying them used will not only save you money but will be a form of recycling, which is good for the environment.

2. Sharing is caring!- instead of bringing your own minifridge onto campus, use the community fridge in your dorm. This will not only save you money but will reduce the amount of electricity that you use drastically. If you must bring your own minifrige, consider investing in one that is energy star certified, as these brands consume significantly less energy.

3. Go for green light!- when choosing lightbulbs for your room reach for CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) lightbulbs, which are much more energy efficient than older lightbulb models. CFL lightbulbs do tend to be a bit more expensive than traditional lightbulbs, but over time they will save you money because they last longer.

4. Do-it-yourself decorations- instead of buying decorations for your dorm, make them yourself! Making  your own decorations can be a fun thing to do with your friends, will save you money, and will save the environment. Also, when you’re done with your paper decorations, be sure to recycle them.

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-Danielle Garceau

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