7 Ways to Make Binghamton Even Greener
Posted by Sophia Cohen on April 17, 2019
Binghamton University students love wearing green, but what about going green? People across the globe are building more sustainable lives, and Binghamton students are doing their part. Here are a few quick and easy ways you can adjust your lifestyle to make our world a cleaner and greener place to live!
Eat locally grown food
Eating food that was grown in your backyard not only tastes better and is better for you, but it also helps cut out the energy needed to transport food from far distances. Our dining halls are already utilizing BU Acres Farm for fresh veggies. Consider getting in on the action too by buying your produce from the Binghamton Urban Farm, located downtown!
Sustainability tip: Research has found that meat consumption has a tremendous negative impact on the environment. Consider reducing your meat intake by partaking in a movement like #meatlessmonday and spend your day filling up on fresh fruits and veggies!
Reduce your energy usage
Before you head out for another busy day, make sure you turn off your lights, unplug any appliances and hit the off switch on power cords. This will help reduce your household energy use and help create sustainable living patterns for the future.
Sustainability tip: Do your work in communal study spaces! The lights are almost always running in study lounges, so gather up your friends and do your work all together in one of these spaces. It will save you from using energy to power just your room, and will give you the opportunity to work with friends in a collaborative environment!
Reuse your materials as much as possible
Plastic water bottles are so readily available these days. However, all of that leftover plastic makes a strong, lasting impact on our environment. Instead of going through bottle after bottle, consider investing in a reusable bottle and filling it at one of the many refilling stations around campus. Not only will this cut down on your waste, but water bottles come in dozens of fun colors and patterns, so you can find one that truly speaks to your style. You can even get one to show off your #BingPride!
Sustainability tip: Don’t just limit yourself to a reusable water bottle. Stock up on reusable coffee mugs, plates, silverware, containers and shopping bags, too! Then challenge your friends to see who can create the least amount of waste in a week.
Sell your unused items instead of throwing them away
It requires a lot of energy to mass produce clothing all over the world, and clothing waste can take decades to decompose in landfills. Instead of throwing away your old clothing, consider selling or donating them to a local charity, like the Salvation Army or the Goodwill Store. While there, look around and see if you can find some reasonably priced items to add to your collection!
Sustainability tip: Hold a clothing swap with your friends! Bring any old clothes that you don’t wear anymore and trade with each other. It is a great way to update your wardrobe, and you can donate any leftover articles of clothing.
Rely less on your car
The emissions released by cars is one of the leading causes of climate change. Instead of driving, consider walking to your next destination. If you need your car to get somewhere, bring some friends along and carpool. Or take advantage of the Binghamton OCCT bus system to get you where you need to go.
Sustainability tip: Try taking up biking to get from point A to point B. Instead of driving around campus, consider renting a bike from Binghamton’s Bike Share program. Already have your own bike? Don’t forget about our University Bike Shop, if it ever needs a tuneup!
Only take what you are really going to eat
You can always go back for seconds, but make sure you finish what you have first. So much food goes to waste each year, so every little bit saved from going to landfills helps. Plus, who doesn’t love leftovers (stored in a reusable container, of course!)
Sustainability tip: Check out the awesome ways our dining halls are working to keep our food as sustainable as possible!
Regular exercise is needed to keep your mind and body feeling healthy and fit. While great for a workout, machines like treadmills and ellipticals take a lot of energy to power. Consider switching up your exercise routine and take advantage of #Springhamton by exercising outdoors!
Sustainability tip: Look up some designated running trails in your local area. Or get out there and create your own!
Sophia is a junior English major who loves exploring all the opportunities Binghamton has to offer. In her free time she likes to bake, listen to classic rock and hang out with her Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi sisters.
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