What You Can Do

It is second nature for many to recycle, conserve and live some version of a sustainable life. While it is difficult for most people to live this 24/7, there are many things you can do to make a significant difference in your life and the lives of the community you live in.

Walk, ride your bike or your skateboard.

Turn off the lights when no one is in the room. Use natural light whenever possible.

Eat locally. Attend the farmer's markets and purchase locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, bread and other items.

Recycle. There are recycling bins in all major buildings including dorms.

Reuse and Repurpose. An annual event at GU is a clothing swap. This enables students to get rid of what is no longer useful to them or does not fit and to benefit others who may like them.

Follow bloggers and Facebook posts about your favorite sustainability topics. This way you will get daily ideas and reminders about what you can do.

Use a reusable mug. Most convenience stores offer a discount for using your own mug. Also, in the library lounge GU's mug program is underway to encourage use of non-disposable mugs and cups.

When printing, print double-sided. When printing drafts, print single-spaced.


Water: A Natural History by Alice Outwater

The Living Company by Arie De Geus

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken

The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination by Donald Worster

Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect by David W. Orr

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River by Aldo Leopold

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

Environmental Ethics Today by Peter S. Wenz

Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe, Marika Hahn

The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono