Published: Dec. 10, 2020 By

As I am sure we all know, finals week can be an extremely stressful time. I know we are all cramming in last-minute studying, and are overall just super busy and preoccupied with other things on our minds. However, I believe that it is essential to remain environmentally-conscious and to continue to think about what our decisions will have even though we are busy. This article will serve as a helpful reminder to think green and to provide you with some helpful tips to having a sustainable and successful finals week!


Snacks and Meals:

  • Opt for a healthy and quick zero-waste snack, such as nuts, fruit, etc.
  • For energizing snacks, here is a recipe for a no-bake, few-ingredient energy bites! These are great to make for a quick snack when you need that energy to study late into the night and is easily accessible for most people.

Need for Fuel:

  • In need of fuel? Choose to support local Boulder coffee shops for your energizing drink of choice! Supporting local companies is always the better option because they typically have a much larger carbon footprint associated with their brand. Some great local coffee shops near CU are:
    • Ozo Coffee
    • Brewing Market Coffee
    • Boxcar Coffee Roasters
    • Flatiron Coffee
    • Alpine Modern Cafe
    • Amante Coffee
    • And so many more! 

Sustainable Forms to use to Study:

  • If you are a person who needs to study on paper, choose to use a reusable whiteboard or an app and a stylus rather than paper to review material and practice problems. 
  • If you need to get out of your house and want to study in a cafe, library, etc. choose to use public transportation like the Hop bus, Buff bus, etc. Take advantage of University transportation!

Other Simple Tasks to Keep in Mind:

  • When staying up late to study, ensure that all the other lights are off in the rest of your house!
  • Make a meal plan for the week, (include any energizing snacks and beverages!) to limit food waste as you will be busy studying and taking exams you may not have the time to worry about food going bad as you will most likely spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. 
  • Make sure you have a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated whilst studying, no plastic bottles!

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