Tips for Green Living at SMU
your paper, aluminum cans, plastic and glass in containers with
clear liners. Old-school garbage goes in the containers with black
liners. Remember to
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
- Turn off the lights and open the blinds when possible.
- Use your own cup, mug or other reusable container. Avoid paper
and polystyrene cups and plastic water bottles that waste resources
and choke landfills.
- Use DART, the Mustang Express or a bicycle to reach campus. Less
auto exhaust means a cleaner Dallas.
- Skip the tray. If you can carry your on-campus meal to the table
without using a tray, it saves the water it would take to wash it.
- Go paperless. Think before you print. Save documents
electronically instead of printing when possible. If you must print,
use both sides of the paper - then recycle it when you’re finished.
- Use blowers instead of paper towels to dry hands when possible.
They’re faster, cleaner and easy on the skin. Yes, the trade-off
between paper (trees and trash) and power usage makes sense.
- Live on-campus? Talk to your SMU E-reps about keeping your
residence hall green.
- Live off-campus? Turn up the thermostat in the summer, use
florescent bulbs where possible, and switch to low-flow faucets and
- Practice green evangelism. Encourage everyone on the hilltop to
reduce, reuse and recycle.
Want the big picture? National Geographic Magazine’s Green Guide For Everyday Living is a terrific resource for the sustainable approach to just about everything – powering your home and office, landscaping, eating, shopping and even traveling.
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