Published: Nov. 9, 2022
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Sometimes reducing your carbon footprint can be a difficult and daunting task. Here are 20 small actions you can try on your new - or steadfast - journey to living more sustainably! Small actions make a big difference. Pick a couple to try below to get started.

1. Turn off lights each time you leave the room

2. Use energy efficient light bulbs at home, school and office (receive 2 free LED light bulbs during an This Form

3. Take the bus

4. Walk, use a scooter, or ride a bike 

5. Join or organize a carpool

6. Join a car cooperative (information on options available here! Open to anyone with a driver's license from their country of origin.)

7. Eat meat free meals once a week

8. Buy local and in season food whenever possible

9. Ask for local, organic and fair trade food on campus

10. Use a reusable coffee mug

11. Avoid using disposable plastic and bring your own cutlery/chopsticks/cup/tupperware to CU

12. Use a stainless steel water bottle instead of a plastic one.

13. Line dry your laundry

14. Purchase used furniture, clothing, school supplies and books (check out the GFH Housing Item Exchange Facebook Group  here!)

15. Print Double-Sided

16. Buy 100% recycled paper

17. Support local businesses and Colorado made products

18. Buy 100% biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning products and toiletries

19. Be sure to recycle and compost correctly! (information available here! )

29. Share what you learn with family and friends