Tips

Use Less Water

Boil food in as little water as possible. Once water has cooled, use it to water houseplants instead of dumping it down the drain.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Steel cans take 80-100 years to break down.

The energy saved from recycling one aluminum can will run a TV for 3 hours.

Did you know that it takes more than 500,000 trees to make the newspapers that Americans use in one Sunday?

Did you know that every ton of paper that’s recycled saves 380 gallons of oil?

The energy saved by recycling a single aluminum can, or one glass bottle, could operate a television set for three hours, or light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.  If everyone on campus recycled 1 glass bottle or aluminum can, we would avoid adding 9.6 metric tonnes (21,000 pounds) of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Most of the energy used to wash clothes, around 90%, comes from heating the water, which is why the US Department of Energy recommends that clothes be washed in cold water, using cold-water detergents when possible.

Walk More, Drive Less

BU offers many alternatives to driving solo. You can walk, bike, take the T, city bus, or BU Bus. When you need to drive, there are 19 ZipCars available on campus and an additional 39 within a ½ mile radius of campus.

Turn Off The Lights

If everyone at Boston University turned off one light, for one hour a day, for one year, we could save 733,475 kWh per year, the equivalent of removing 97 cars (or 1,161,000 pounds of CO2) from the road for an entire year.

Think Before You Print

According to the Clean Air Council, the average American uses 650 pounds of paper a year and collectively throws away enough office paper annually to build a 12-foot wall spanning from New York City to Los Angeles. But, by printing on both sides, and only printing what is really necessary, paper usage can be considerably reduced.

Power Down Computers

Setting your computer to sleep mode reduces energy consumption by at least 87% . To further reduce your computer’s energy consumption, turn it off when not in use; enable the Power Management feature; and don’t use a screen saver.

Use Compact Fluorescent

Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds by replacing one 60-watt incandescent bulb with one compact fluorescent bulb. Energy Star compact fluorescent bulbs use 75% less energy than standard bulbs, produce 75% less heat, and last up to 10 times longer.

Carry a Reusable Shopping Bag

Steering clear of plastic shopping bags can remove 200,000 metric tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

The Green Dorm

Add a few plants to your room. They not only improve air quality, but have been shown to aid in overall mood and stress levels. They’ll also show everyone that you’re compassionate about the earth

Closing your dorm windows before leaving for winter break can help save over $23.000 in energy costs, reduce our boiler use, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20%.

Bring Your Own Mug

The average American office worker uses 500 disposable cups a year, or 1.4 per day. Invest in a reusable coffee mug and save 25 cents at coffee shops on campus.

Take Shorter Showers

The average American uses 25,300 gallons of water a year (69.3 gallons daily). If you shorten your shower by 2 minutes, you can cut your water use by 10 gallons.

The Green Classroom

Whenever possible use an online syllabus system and post assignments and study tools online.