A sustainable lifestyle requires you to make conscientious purchasing decisions, and to take thoughtful actions both in your home and when out and about. To give you a jumpstart on living more sustainably, we’ve put together some things for you to consider. For more ideas check out our Sustainability Guides.
LIVING AT AU |
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
A good set up in your room and in your backpack allows you to easily make more sustainable choices, while saving money and reducing impacts on the environment. Here are suggestions and resources to help you pack for sustainable living.
Consider third-party certifications that may apply to the type of product you’re purchasing (e.g. – Green Seal, Energy Star, Design-for-the-Environment, Fair Trade, B-Corporation, FSC, SFI, EPEAT, Rain Forest Alliance, Cruelty-Free).
Personal Car — You can leave your car at home. Instead, use transportation options in Auburn, such as Tiger Transit, Ride Amigos, and Lee-Russell Public Transit. Of course, the most sustainable option would be to bike.
Recycling Bags (On Campus) — Keep recyclables out of the landfill. Use the orange and blue bags provided in your residence hall room to carry recyclables to outside bins.
Flashlight — If you need to get a flashlight, get a cranking flashlight.
Body Products — Purchase body products that have high ratings for health, environmental, and social impacts.
Appliances — Bring Energy Star certified appliances.
Utensils — Bring reusables for your room, and don’t forget portable eating utensils to carry when you go out.
Desk Organizer — Get creative and make your own, or buy one made of recycled products.
Memo Board — Instead of a dry erase board, purchase an easy-to-clean glass memo board.
IN YOUR HOME
The small decisions we make daily together create a large impact. Make a positive difference, by living conscientiously within your home. Here are some tips to get you going.
Get some air-cleansing houseplants for your home instead of using chemical air fresheners.
Instead of throwing things away, donate unneeded items to area organizations.
Go beyond purchasing green cleaning products, by looking to your cupboards for safe, effective, and cheaper alternatives.
Choose produce that is in peak harvest season for our region.
OUT AND ABOUT
Making sustainable choices shouldn’t stop at your front door. There are plenty of ways you can have a positive impact when heading out. Here are some tips to get you moving in the right direction.
Carry your own portable eating utensils, and eat in style.
Grow your own food at home or with friends in the Community Garden.
If you or a resident are experiencing food insecurity, visit the Campus Food Pantry.
Know biking guidelines and laws.
Ride Tiger Transit on and off campus.
Consider the Groome Transportation shuttle to get to and from the Atlanta airport.
Sustainable living requires an understanding of interconnections, and thinking about a variety of scales like personal, local, regional, and global. To help you identify the primary areas of impact for the listed strategies, we’ve included the following icons.