10 Easy Ways to Be Green in Your Dorm!

By: Keely Dunham

Living a sustainable and healthy life can be difficult when it comes to living in the dorms on campus. However, with some creativity, it isn’t as difficult as you think. Here are some simple ideas to be greener in your dorm!

1.Turn off the bathroom lightsimage05Even though most of the lights in the bathrooms are automatic, it still saves energy when you turn them off when no one else is in there.

2. Use less waterimage07Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving. You can also create a playlist so you don’t spend too much time in the shower.

3. Use your blue recycling basketimage06It’s there for a reason! Upcycling is even better.

4. Donate your old clothesimage09The Goodwill donation center in Oxford makes it really easy to give life to your old tee shirts.

5. Don’t buy one-time use water bottlesimage08Invest in a solid water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day.

6. Don’t do small loads of laundryimage01Ask your roommate if they need some clothes washed too!

7. Instead of watching Netflix, get some fresh airimage00Spending time outside can boost your mood and reduce stress levels, as well as save electricity you would otherwise be using.

8. Unplug your microwave when you’re not using itimage03Plugged in microwaves can consume lots of energy even when you’re not cooking your ramen. You can also unplug phone and laptop chargers, TVs, and any other gadgets you don’t constantly use.

9. Reduce food waste at the buffetsimage02Don’t overestimate your appetite! Drink plenty of water during your meals and take your time eating.

10. Add some foliage to your roomimage04Growing some herbs or a pretty plant can liven up your room while giving you some fresh O2.

GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s