I’m dreaming of a GREEN Christmas

Hi everybody!

This will probably be my last post for a while.  If you’re a college student, you’ve probably finished the semester, but if you’re an Ithaca student like me, odds are you have a lot of finals left to go.  I know a lot of people that keep all their files electronically, which is great.  However, this leaves a lot of students to simply throw out all their work/notes for classes.  Please, please, PLEASE do your best to recycle your papers!  If you’re not planning on using your work, simply sort it into the recycle instead of dumping it in the trash.

On another note, try to reduce the amount of wrapping paper you use on presents.  Or, try recyclable wrapping paper.

Happy holidays! Hope your Christmas is white and spent with loved ones, and for those who don’t celebrate-enjoy your Chinese food!

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Quick Tip-Unplug Your Appliances

I’ve often been tempted to keep my laptop plugged in 24/7 and to charge my cell phone over night.  We’ve all done it.  Whether we realize it or not, this is a huge waste of electricity.

Students that I’ve polled show an interest in unplugging their appliances.  What about you?

Dear blog readers,

I really invite anyone reading my blog to comment! I love it when people contribute with relevant remarks.  However, I ask that if you do comment, please make it very obvious that it is related to to my blog post.  I’ve been getting an incredible amount of spam lately, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t.

Thanks again everyone!

Personal story-How I stopped eating red meat.

I haven’t written any actual personal blogs on the topic of sustainability…but I thought my own experience on the matter might actually be a good addition to my blog.  (This one might be a long one.)

Last year, I took an environmental science class in high school.  I was assigned to participate in “Green Week,” by setting goals for myself to make environmentally-beneficial changes to the lifestyle of my family.  Along with making other changes to our routines, my dad and I became vegetarians for that week, while my brother and mom decided to avoid all red meat.  I was absolutely dreading this week.  I feared that as a meat lover I was setting myself up for failure.

As the week went on, I realized that avoiding meat was NOT the hardest thing I’d ever accomplished. It made it clear to me that if I wanted to, I could limit my meat intake.  I then decided that I would make an effort to stop eating red meat and pork, primarily due to unsustainable and inhumane production methods, as well as to improve my own health.

It’s easy to find alternatives to red meat-if you’re a hamburger lover, order a veggie burger.  If you adore pork, try turkey bacon.  The taste isn’t all that different and you’ll feel a lot healthier and eco-friendly.

Have you made any environmentally related changes to your diet lately? Comment here!

The {r}evolution WILL be sustainable

The {r}evolution WILL be sustainable.

Such a cool and fashionable concept.

Take Back the Tap

At colleges across North America, a movement is rising to ban the sale of bottled water on campus.  According to USA Today, as of September 2011, 14 colleges banned the sale throughout all of campus, while another dozen have banned it on certain parts of campus.

Many of these movements were student organized, and advocated for more widely accessible drinking fountains.  At Ithaca, Take Back the Tap is a student organization, striving to do just that. This will save money for students and unnecessary plastic waste.

A real example of how students are making a difference!

 

Spongebob feels the effects of global warming

Video taken from last reblogged post…