Green Tips

16 Things Students Can Do To Reduce Their Carbon Footprint: From the SHU Green Light Club

16 Things Students Can Do To Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

From the SHU Green Light Club

  • Eat less red meat, or be knowledgeable of where your meat comes from. The industrialized production of red meat has a number of harmful environmental effects, including: stressing the world’s grain, water and fish supplies, contamination of ground water, soil erosion and more.
  • Plug TV, DVD, VCR, computers and monitors into a power strip.  Turn the power strip off when these appliances are not in use.  These appliances use energy when turned off to keep them ready for a quick start. 
  • Mix your own Gatorade/sports drink in a reusable container. 
  • Drink tap water rather than purchasing bottled water.
  • Reuse grocery bags (I prefer paper) or purchase fabric bags for reuse
  • Recycle what you can. Join or start a recycling group. Email:
  • Keep a spoon in your car or purse to use instead of disposable silverware.
  • When possible choose washable dishes instead of disposable.
  • Buy local foods or foods that do not travel across the country.  A lot of energy is used moving food from one part of the world to another. 
  • Carpool or use public transportation.  Every gallon you save also saves 20 pounds of C02 emissions.
  • Keep your tires inflated to improve gas mileage by up to 3 percent
  • Shop at resale stores. 
  • Avoid products with a lot of packaging. 
  • Use a slow cooker or a toaster oven (or even a solar oven!) to reduce electrical use from kitchen appliances. A meal that requires one hour to cook in an electric oven, uses 2.7 pounds of C02, a crock pot uses 0.9 pounds of C02 for seven hours, a toaster oven takes 1.3 pounds of C02 for 50 minutes, and a microwave only 0.5 pounds of C02 for 15 minutes of cooking. A solar cooker requires NO C02!
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs in places where lights are on for long periods of time.  (Be sure to recycle these bulbs because they contain mercury)

Become proactive:

  • Press your college/university to do more “green things”
  • Read and learn more about the environment
  • Write a political representative or candidate: let them know you care
  • Talk to your parents about: turning down the heat, limiting the air conditioning.
  • Join an organization that promotes environmental awareness 

Local options include:

  • Adrian College weekly think tank – to think of things to do on campus - meets Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in Room. 221 Valade Hall. Contact:
  • Siena Heights University Green Light Club meets the second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. Contact:   
  • Step It Up Lenawee Meeting: First Tuesday of the month, Room 121 Valade Hall, Adrian College (corner of Madison & Williams) Contact:


Meet Siena


Profile photo

Nate Adams

Theater major; movie reviewer; Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

Profile photo

Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


Profile photo

Kevin Rose '09

Business Administration Graduate; 3+1 Program; Jackson Center