Greener Behrend: How can I help?

Listed below are various tips to help you maintaining a responsible relationship with the fixed and finite natural resources on which we depend:

Alternatives to Chemicals

  • Use a program of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Use inter-cropping to control bugs and weeds
  • Keep garden/lawn free of insect-attracting debris
  • Keep plants properly watered and organically fertilized
  • Attract native predatory insects, mites, and birds

More on Chemicals >>>

  • Use compost for fertilizer
  • Rotate crops
  • Identify pests
  • Try least toxic solution first

Energy Savings for Resident Students

  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near thermostats.
  • Keep radiators clean and free of furniture/clutter.
  • Turn off lights/other appliances when you leave a room.
  • Use outdoor clothesline or indoor drying rack to dry clothes.
  • Clean refrigerator condenser coils (unplug first!!).

More Student Tips >>>

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Keep daytime lights low or off.
  • Don’t over-light an area.
  • Dust light fixtures and bulbs.

 

Energy Savings for Off-Campus Students

  • Lower thermostat temperature and use fireplace when applicable.
  • Keep windows by thermostat tightly closed.
  • Keep radiators clean and free of furniture/clutter.
  • Turn off lights/other appliances when you leave a room.
  • Use natural ventilation.

More Off-Campus Tips >>>

  • Use a fan in conjunction with your air conditioning unit.
  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near thermostats.
  • Keep daytime lights low or off.
  • Dust light fixtures and bulbs.

 

Environmental Friendly Cleaning

  • Six ingredients can meet most of cleaning needs:
    • Vinegar
    • Soap
    • Baking soda
    • Washing soda
    • Borax
    • Ammonia

More Green Cleaning >>>

  • All-purpose cleaner:
    • 1 gallon hot water
    • ¼ cup sudsy ammonia
    • ¼ cup vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon baking soda
    • * For stronger cleaner double all ingredients except water

 

Food

  • Always rinse fruits/vegetables before eating
  • Support sustainable agriculture
  • Try growing some of your own food
  • Buy from a local farmer or co-op
  • Eat foods that are in-season locally

More on Food >>>

  • Compost
  • Eat less fast food
  • Eat organic foods
  • Eat less meat

 

Waste Reduction

  • Bring groceries home in least amount of bags, or bring your own
  • Recycle grocery bags, either at the store or for other uses
  • Save leftovers in freezer for soups and stews
  • Write to companies that over-package products
  • Avoid plastic products where possible

More on Waste Reduction >>>

  • Use cloth diapers for babies
  • Compost organic waste
  • Recycle
  • Choose paper instead of plastic

 

Water Savings

  • Put a bottle or “toilet dam” in your toilet tank to use less water per flush
  • Check your toilet/faucets for leaks
  • Don’t use toilet as garbage can
  • When washing hands/dishes, don’t turn water on all the way
  • Install flow-control aerators in faucets

More on Water Savings >>>

  • Use electric/non-disposable razors
  • Try flushing less often
  • Install water-saving shower head
  • Take shorter showers