What You Can Do

Live more sustainably
Little choices you make every day, often without even thinking about them, affect the health of our campus and our planet. Keep these three words in mind (and in order): Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Consume less
Consider a used product in lieu of a new item. Check Craigslist, the Rescue Mission, Goodwill and the Salvation Army Store. Extending the life of a product reduces demand on both natural resources and energy.

If you must buy new, look for a product which contains recycled material. Recycled content consumes no natural resources and generally requires less energy to produce.

Don’t buy products designed for a single use. Whether it’s a disposable item like a cup or fork, or water in a bottle not designed to be refilled, single-use products and packaging create a huge portion of the waste stream, and really deliver very little benefit.

Use less electricity
Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Use a smart power strip for your electronics and chargers. Smart power strips only supply electricity to devices actively in use. If you don’t have a smart power strip, use a regular one but turn it off when your electronics are fully charged, when you’re not actually using your devices and when you leave for the day.

Purchase Energy Star office equipment and use the power-saving settings. This applies to copiers, fax machines and printers. For your residence, purchase Energy Star appliances when they’re available.

Measure your impact!

Use less water
Take shorter showers, ideally for no more than five minutes. Don’t let the water run as you brush your teeth or shave.

Be a more efficient building occupant
In the summer, keep your window shades and drapes closed during the day and open in the evening.

Keep furniture away from heaters and air conditioning ducts. Furniture can block the flow of heat or cooling.

Use less paper
Go paperless. Pay stubs, newsletters and meeting agendas can all be done electronically.

Use double-sided and black-and-white default settings for all printers and copiers.

Learn what is recyclable and use the proper disposal containers.

Host a Zero Waste Event. (PDF)

Help us save our natural resources.
If you work on campus, remember to report energy waste, rooms too hot or cold and water leaks to your Maintenance Zone. A listing of buildings and their associated zones can be found here. If you live on campus please report these issues to the Housing and Food Services Maintenance Zone.

For information and links to buying local please visit: http://www.syracusefirst.org/

If you would like some easy and inexpensive ways to lower your utility bill please go to: https://www1.nationalgridus.com/SavingTips