Think (green) Outside the Stonehill Bubble

10.18.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Looking for something to do outdoors now that it’s a little cooler out? Here are some ideas:

  1. Head on a nature walk with friends on our own campus!  There are a few trails around campus that you can easily access.  My favorite one is across from the tennis courts next to the grotto.  The walk is a relaxing one, with plenty of nature around to take in.  Take some friends and a camera and enjoy the biodiversity right on our own campus!
  2. Pack a lunch and go off campus to the sheep pasture and community gardens for a picnic.  The picturesque sheep pasture and community gardens is the perfect getaway when you just need a break from the bustle of college life.  The working farm is also home to chickens, ducks, goats, geese, and sheep.
  3. Volunteer at the Farm at Stonehill. In less than a year, they’ve harvested over 10,000 pounds of vegetables! Check out the Farm’s blog here: http://stonehillblogs.org/farm/
  4. Hang out on the quad and play frisbee! Simple enough, and a ton of fun!
  5. Head off campus to Borderland State Park- the Eco Reps went this week.  It’s a beautiful trail.  Look out for pictures coming soon!

Make Recycling Fun!

10.16.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Everyone knows the popular phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”, but what if that also meant having fun too? Did you know that you can make some pretty neat stuff out of things that you can recycle? Next time you go to recycle an aluminum can, take the soda tab off the top and save it. There are so many things you can make out of these little soda tabs and they will give you an incentive for recycling! You can make stylish bracelets, purses, and belts out of these soda tabs and once you get creative the possibilities are endless! You can create a cheap, fashionable, and recycled accessory that all of your friends will notice. You know recycling is good for the environment and that you should do it to help cut down on the impact of the total waste that you contribute to the earth, but now you can have fun while you do it! Here is a site that will show you how to make some easy accessories out of soda tabs:

http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diyjewelrymaking/ss/Pop_Soda_Tab_Bracelet_2.htm

You don’t just have to stop the fun at soda tabs! There are so many different things around your house that you can turn into awesome reusable odds and ends that you can continue to use instead of sending all of those things to the dump. You can recycle tootsie roll, starburst, and other paper wrappers to make bracelts, old magazines and newspapers to make pretty and trendy paper beads, and you can even use old bottle caps and recyclable to-go containers to make even more things! For more ideas on what you can make or to find out how to make these awesome recyclable gadgets just visit Google and plug in search terms for recyclable crafts and recyclable jewelry and you’ll see just how many things you can make out of “junk”!

Happy Upcycling!

Light Up Your World By Being A Light Energy User!

10.16.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Did you know that your standard incandescent light bulb emits about 90% of its engery as heat energy, leaving only 10% as light?

To be more efficient with our limited energy, a smart solution is switching to CFL (compact florescent lamp) lightbulbs.

The typical CFL lighbulb uses 1/5 the electricity and lasts around 6 to 10 times longer than the typical incandescent lightbulb.

So not only is it eco-friendly to make the swtich, its also wallet friendly becuase you won’t have to buy new lightbulbs as often!

Have Some Fun Apple Picking or Pumpkin Picking

10.11.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Now that it is the middle of October and fall has finally arrived, there are some fun seasonal activities we can do that are both festive and eco-friendly. Instead of buying apples and pumpkins from your local grocery store, spend an afternoon exploring the farmer’s market, or even better, find a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch and pick your own! By buying ypur [rpduce locally you can help reduce the amount of energy and fossil fuels used to transport such goods and you get a fresh tasty treat. During a New England fall nothing tastes better than fresh caramel apples, apple or pumpkin pie, or some apple cider. Also who doesn’t love carving pumpkins for Halloween? So instead of sitting around in your dorm room wasting away the last few days of nice weather, get out to your local apple orchard and pick some apples to enjoy! The fresh taste is unbeatable and the yummy treats you can make with them are endless!
http://www.pickyourown.org/index.htm#states

Here’s a website where you can look up local farms where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables near you!

 

Out With The Bad And In With The Good: Biodegradable Silverware & Plates

10.09.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Thinking about buying some more plastic silverware and plates for your dorm when you come back after the long weekend?

Why not get some environmentally friendly ones instead!

               One example of environmentally friendly dispoable silverware and plates is ultra green, a company that produces its silverware using plastic made from constarch and its plates using paper made from sugarcane. The sugarcane plates break down into natural elements in 90 days, and the silverware breaks down into natural elements in only 150 days! By using alternative materials for their silverware and plates, ultra green saves trees from being cut down and saves landfills from being cluttered by more petro-based plastics that contaminate our planet.

These products can be found at your local Stop & Shop!

 

Columbus Day Weekend–Share a ride!

10.05.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

As Stonehill nears the long weekend, many other students in the area will be going home also. In order to avoid those long, torturous rides home, CARPOOL! It could be the most fun you’ll have during the long break. Get together with a few friends who live relatively close to you & plan accordingly. Not only will this be a fun experience, it is very environmentally friendly. For those of you who are trying to find more ways to be environmentally conscious, this is your chance!

*Remember, “For the typical carpool lane user, using the carpool lane, means cutting the total commute time by a third. ” That means for a 6 hour car ride, it would only take about 4 hours!
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Have a good weekend, Stonehill!

Zipcars in action!

10.04.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Even though Zipcars are new to Stonehill, they are making a buzz. Here’s our own, Professor Susan Mooney testing out the Zipcar!

Professor Susan Mooney using Zipcar

One of Zipcar’s notorious logos, “Good Clean Fun,” is nothing short of the truth. Zipcars are always available when needed, can be requested through a cell phone, and cost nothing to sign up. So why not take a test drive & send us pictures of your adventures!

Want a Zipcard? Here’s the step-by-step way to get one!

10.04.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

1. Click this link to load the Stonehill College Zipcar Registration page: https://www.zipcar.com/registration/account/user?affiliate_id=527148562#step

2. Fill out your username and password information.  Make sure the email you put in is one you check regularly, as you will be notified of special deals through it.

3. Tell them your driving plan, or ‘where you’d like to zip.’

4. Fill out your personal information and payment plan.  Check online to see if any online coupons are available for free driving, or if a friend who already has Zipcard has any special deals they can send you. For the next few days, a friend can split $50 of driving with you if they refer you or you refer them!

5. Tell them where to send your Zipcard.

6. When your Zipcard comes in the mail, activate it on the website.

7. Start driving!

 

ZipCar: A Student Perspective

10.04.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The following is an interview I conducted with a fellow Stonehill Student.

Me: Why did you decide to use the ZipCar?

Student: I actually needed to get to a doctor’s appointment that was not located on the shuttle route; therefore, I used the ZipCar because using it allowed me to get there. I think that the ZipCar is useful for anyone who needs to get somewhere not on the shuttle route or someone who needs to be somewhere on one of the days when the shuttle isn’t running.

Me: Is there a benefit to using the ZipCar on campus?

Student: The ZipCar was very convenient and I am glad to see it on campus. You do not have to worry about paying for gas, washing it, or clearing snow off of it in the winter since you are just temporarily renting it. It allows students to go places that the shuttle doesn’t stop at and this gives them more flexibility in their schedule. Also, the ZipCars are ecologically friendly because they reduce the number of cars that are on the road and one of them is even a hybrid! Students who live very far away and cannot bring their cars benefit; freshmen who are not allowed to bring their cars benefit as well.

Me: Would you recommend the ZipCar to anyone else on campus?

Student: I would definitely recommend the ZipCar to Stonehill students. I had a problem opening the car but the hotline operator was able to fix the situation quickly. I appreciated that very much. The car was in great condition and I think that many students will benefit from having it here on campus.

Me: Do you plan on using the ZipCar again?

Student: Yes, I do plan on using the ZipCar again and I would recommend that all of my friends use it too. The rates were very reasonable. Also, there is an iPhone app for it which makes it very convenient to reserve the ZipCar.

Me: How would you convince someone to want to use the ZipCar?

Student:

  • It’s cheap
  • It’s easy to use/drive
  • It’s eco-friendly
  • It’s less effort than riding a bike somewhere
  • You don’t have to beg upperclassmen for a ride
  • It works with your schedule
  • The car has a nice new car scent
  • It lets you go where you want to go when you want to go

Me: Thank you for conducting this interview and taking time out of your day.

Student: You’re welcome. My pleasure!

Top Five Reasons to Use a Zip Car

10.04.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

As many of you may know by now, Stonehill College has recently added two Zip Cars to our campus. Students are being encouraged to take full advantage of this new opportunity. Here is a quick  list (in no particular order!) for why Zip Car may just be the ideal choice for you.

1. Location Convenience- Our two Zipcars are located in Duffy parking lot. Access to a car is never more than a 10 minutes walk.

2. Time Convenience- Unlike Stonehill’s Shuttle, Zipcars are always on campus and available at your disposal. Whether you need a car for a few hours or a few days, there is no other schedule to work around other than your own.

3. Save Money- Not having your own car on campus saves you more than the hassle of friends wanting rides. No more parking stickers, parking tickets, gas, or insurance. Both gas and insurance are included in the Zipcar hourly rate you pay.

4. Maintenance- Owning a car, you are constantly burdened with the hassles of car maintenance such as oil changes, flat tires, lights going off.  Zipcar takes care of each care themselves, saving you the trouble.

5. Environmentally Friendly- Perhaps most important, Zipcars are a “green” way to travel. Each Zipcar takes about 15 cars off the road, meaning less pollution in the air.  Why not feel good while enjoying your ride?