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Green Tip

Unplugging your devices, lowering your heat, and smartly disposing of waste are a few ways to leave for break on sustainable note!

 

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Climate Action Plan

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Annual Report

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Greening Thanksgiving

A vegetable turkey perched on a platter

Thanksgiving is a time for appreciating all of the good things in our life. Why leave out the planet? Keep reading for some ideas to make this Thanksgiving greener.

 

Travel wisely

Whether home is a few minutes or a few hundred miles away, there are ways to green your fall break travel. If you can, consider taking a bus or train home. It’ll reduce your carbon footprint and save you or your family the drive. If there’s no public transportation options to get you home, try to tag along with other students who are heading your way. It’s a cheaper and a greener option than making the drive alone! Finally, if you have to fly, take little steps to reduce your footprint by packing lighter and using mobile tickets instead of printed ones.

 

Give thanks locally

Spread the love in your area by purchasing local and organic fixings for Thanksgiving. Even if you don’t have a farmers’ market or any other local produce places in your area, you can go to the grocery store to find the organic products needed to cook a Thanksgiving meal that will make the Earth grateful.

 

Waste carefully

Apart from the most extreme zero wasters, most of us can’t get by without producing trash. However, there are ways to cut back on the waste you produce this Thanksgiving. Try collecting your food scraps for compost, and be mindful of how much food you really need to eat. If you usually use disposable plates, cutlery, or napkins, switch them out for their reusable counterparts.

 

Heat strategically

Blasting the heat isn’t the only way to stay cozy. Utilize the warmth from the kitchen and turn down the heat while you’re cooking. Not only will it reduce your footprint, but it’ll also knock down your energy bill. Now that’s something to be thankful for.


 

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