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Sustainability How-To

Listed below are some simple steps you can take to reduce your environmental impact, both at Carleton and elsewhere.

To save energy and water…

At Carleton:

  • Request energy-saving CFLs from Facilities (x4133) for free
  • If the heat or A/C is unpleasant, contact Maintenance Services (x 4133)

Everywhere:

  • Use energy-saving CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs
  • Turn off and unplug all electronics (even computers!) when not in use, or use a power strip that you can switch off
  • Always close windows (even storm windows) when the heat or air conditioning is on
  • Set thermostat to 68˚ F in winter
  • Wash clothes on cold and let them air dry
  • Take short showers
  • Turn off the water while brushing teeth, washing hands, etc.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room (even public places, such as restrooms and classrooms)
  • Look for Energy Star certification when purchasing appliances

Recycle…

At Carleton:

  • Items with recycle symbols (#1-7) in the blue one-stream recycling containers
  • Packing peanuts at the bookstore—they can reuse them there
  • Used ink cartridges at the SCIC on the first floor of the CMC
  • Old clothes can be put in the marked boxes in any campus laundry facility
  • Used books by re-selling them to the bookstore or placing them in the Books for Africa bin at the entrance to the library
  • Used electronics in the electronic recycling bin in PEPS (basement of Laird)
  • Donate to the annual "Lighten Up" garage sale at the end of spring term or sell items via the NNB

Beyond Carleton:

  • Familiarize yourself with the local recycling policy, remembering to reuse first
  • Used ink cartridges by returning to manufacturer or at stores such as Staples or Office Max
  • Old clothes by donating them to charity
  • Apparel, furniture, appliances, etc. by donating or selling them
  • Consider buying things used instead of new or find a local reuse network using Freecycle or FreeSharing.org to find things for free

Dispose of…

At Carleton:

  • Batteries in the blue battery bin in Sayles
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) by giving them to Facilities (x4133)
  • Food waste in yellow compost bins in dinning halls, Sayles, and dorms

Beyond Carleton:

  • Batteries by finding local businesses that recycle them
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) by returning them to a store such as Home Depot or your local hazardous waste facility
  • Food waste in a compost pile

Consume consciously by…

At Carleton:

  • Taking only what you can eat in the dining halls
  • Using the ride share section of the NNB

Everywhere:

  • Avoiding excessively-packaged products
  • Opting for travel mugs and reusable water bottles
  • Trying to purchase recycled paper and biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products, laundry detergents, and art supplies
  • Shopping with cloth bags or your backpack
  • Considering local, fair-trade and/or organic products
  • Asking questions about the origins of food and the social/economic/environmental responsibility of products
  • Selecting double-sided and multiple sheet per page printing
  • Saving gas through carpooling