Join the herd. 89% of CU Boulder students try to make environmentally sustainable choices in the way they live. Here are some tips for your school supplies.
Start shopping in your own closet! Collect supplies you already have
Host a back-to-school clothing or supplies swap with your friends
Consider digital note-taking apps and eTextbooks so you don't need to use any paper
Get ready to Re-Use
Bring a reusable water bottle, coffee mug, shopping bag and eating utensils
Buy rechargeable batteries for your devices
Look for refillable pens, pencils, and highlighters
Get used or recycled furnishings and clothes - check out Boulder's Tour de Thrift
Consider renting your textbooks to save money and books
Look for notebooks and paper with 100% recycled content and high post-consumer recycled content
Choose cleaning supplies and detergents without phosphates or other harsh chemicals
Pick LED light bulbs - they will last longer and save the most energy
Need a new bike or an upgrade? Look for a used bike on craigslist or at Community Cycles for a great green deal! CU BikeFest will have a bike sale is on September 12th.
Make sure to buy bike lights so you don't get a ticket! (Cyclists are required to use lights after dark in Boulder)
Get your bike back in riding condition at one of our on-campus bike stations
No bike? No problem. The CU Bike Stations provide free 48 hour bike rentals, low-cost semester bike rentals, and we offer free student memberships to bike sharing through Boulder B-Cycle.
You may sometimes still need a car. Campus has multiple carshare vehicles available through Zipcar and eGo carshare.
Find more tips, info and resources in the CU Buffs Green Living Guide