Take action to help reduce your impact on our planet!
There are several sources on the web that will allow you to measure your carbon footprint - that is, the measure of the impact human activities have on the environment. This is calculated in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. Two online carbon footprint calculators to try:
There are many simple and inexpensive methods for reducing your carbon footprint, such as making donations to green organizations which promote actions from planting trees to researching and implementing renewable energy. There are many methods that can actually save you money as well! Below you will find some great ways to reduce your impact.
Replace your incandescent bulbs with Energy-Efficient Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (also known as CFL’s)
Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL’s saves $$ and if every American home followed suit, we would keep tons of CO2 out of our atmosphere.
Unplug Your Electronics When Not in Use
When plugged in, electronics like DVD players and chargers for all of your gadgets draw about a watt of energy - when not in use. Unplugging electronics or connecting them to a power strip that you can switch off when you are not using them is a very simple way to save money, as well as the environment.
Leave Your Car at Home
Gas is expensive! The cheapest way to increase your MPGs is to walk or ride a bike, healthy, money saving options that reduce the use of vehicles - one of carbon dioxide's biggest contributors. If biking is not an option, think about buying a hybrid. Hybrids, even hybrid SUV’s, save money on gas and reduce CO2 emissions.
Turn Down Your Thermostat and Shut Off Lights and Electronics
While you may not be paying for your heating or electricity costs on campus directly, you better believe that the tuition you pay factors in these utility costs. Turning down your thermostat just 2 degrees in the winter and turning it up 2 degrees in the summer saves energy and money - over $150 annually. And shutting off lights and computers, printers, monitors, etc. when not in use will save thousands of dollars. And these cost savings will help to defer increases and fees at Lasell, to say nothing about helping to save our planet.
Lasell College has implemented a single stream recycling system on campus. Single stream recycling enables students, faculty, staff, and visitors to place recyclable mixed paper, cardboard and plastic, aluminum, tin, & glass containers in the same recycling bin, which are strategically placed throughout campus. It’s easy and saves valuable natural resources.
It’s also important to think about the larger picture. Get involved and remember that your politicians have eyes, ears, and addresses. Let them know you want a green planet for your kids and their kids, too!
More Sustainable Resources and Information from Lasell College:
Make sure to read Professor Daley's Green Blog regularly to learn more about sustainability initiatives and issues on campus!