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EcoPledge Program

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Maybe you are a聽person who always carries聽a reusable water bottle around campus.聽Maybe you are someone who attends climate marches聽and talks to friends about climate change. Or, maybe you want to make a difference for our environment but aren't sure where to start. If you identify with any of these descriptions, the聽EcoPledge Program is for YOU!

Commit to making聽sustainable choices on campus and in your life and earn sustainable prizes.聽To get started, commit to taking at least 10 actions from the list below and to become certified. It's that easy.

Climate change is a global problem that will require action and solutions from every level of government, our institutions, the private sector, and from individuals like you. By , you are helping to make our campus a greener, healthier, and more sustainable place for everyone.

NEW: Green Floor

Certify your residence hall floor as a Green Floor by recruiting 75 percent or more of your floor to sign the EcoPledge! The first floor to achieve 75 percent聽will win a sustainable study break during midterms. All additional floors will be entered into a raffle, and two聽more winners will recieve sustainable study breaks during midterms. Winners will also be announced here and on our social media!

Reduce Waste

Reduce food waste and by composting at home or on campus. Refer to 础鲍鈥檚 Zero Waste guidelines聽for a list of items that can be composted on campus, including all food waste, napkins, and pizza boxes.

AU provides mixed recycling bins across campus. Paper, plastic, metal, and glass can all be placed into these bins. Items should be empty and clean (mostly free of聽residue). Refer to 础鲍鈥檚 Zero Waste guidelines for a list of items that can be recycled on campus.

If you live off campus, check out , , or . Recycling rules differ by community, so remember to look up your hometown鈥檚聽guidelines as well.

Confidently say 鈥渘o鈥 to single-use items by consistently using alternative, reusable options. A few examples: Bring a reusable water bottle and reusable utensils when you eat out.聽Go plastic free by taking the聽聽challenge.聽Purchase a reusable coffee mug through the and receive discounts at the Davenport Coffee Lounge.

Reducing the amount of waste that we generate in the first place is always best. The next best option is to reuse, repurpose, upcycle, or donate items that we already own when we no longer have a use for them. AU offers several donation bins on campus specifically for clothing and textile waste (you can find one in Lett-Anderson Quad!). During spring move out,聽students can donate gently used clothing and dorm furnishings to as part of their annual Project Move Out initiative.

Consume Mindfully

Reducing your meat consumption, even for one day a week, can have a on our planet. AU offers in dining locations across campus. Cooking at home? Try out these .

If you need to purchase an item, it's ideal to look for one that has been pre-owned. Buying secondhand items keeps them out of the landfill and can help reduce the production of new items in the long-term. It can also reduce carbon emissions; extending the average life of clothes by just three months per item would lead to a 5鈥10% reduction the item's聽carbon, water and waste footprints. Here are several lists of聽and 聽in DC.

, food and food packaging materials make up almost half of all municipal solid waste in the United States (yikes!). If that wasn't bad enough,聽single-use bags, plastic bottles, food containers and food wrappers are . When possible, choose to eat in at The Dining Room on campus or purchase food with recyclable or reuseable packaging.

Carry a reusable bag to the store so that you can refuse plastic bags at checkout.聽 are thrown away in the US each year and only 1-3% get recycled.

Conserve Energy

麻豆果冻传媒 has instituted a temperature policy on campus to maximize energy conservation and efficiency. Residence halls and all other occupied buildings are maintained in the temperature range of 68掳 to 78掳 Fahrenheit year round. During聽the winter, buildings are maintained at聽70掳F (+/- 2掳) and聽76掳F (+/- 2掳)聽during the summer.聽聽

You should not attempt to change the thermostats in your residence halls; they have been preset by Facilities Management and cannot be changed individually.聽If you live off campus, maintain moderate temperatures throughout the year to maximize savings.

Always unplug appliances and electronics that are not in use. Even when they are not being used, these "鈥 still suck energy from the outlet.

Using natural light instead of artificial light not only reduces energy consumption and lowers your electricity bill but also has many health and wellness benefits. Using natural light .

Washing your clothes in cold water . Bonus: Save even more energy by hanging your clothes to dry.

Save Water

Fresh water is a precious and limited resource, and our global supply is decreasing. If you reduce your showering time by 5 minutes for an entire year, you could save more than annually.

2Fix stands for "To Fix and Repair", and refers to the Facilities Customer Response Center at 麻豆果冻传媒. If you notice a leak anywhere on campus, such as a dripping faucet or a malfunctioning toilet, report the problem to the 2Fix team immediately.聽

It鈥檚 super simple and effective: Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth. Running the water while brushing your teeth is the equivalent of each day.

The average residential washing machine uses about . Save water and energy by washing only full loads of laundry.

Commute Smarter

Walking, riding a bike or scooter, and riding the AU Shuttle聽are easy ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint.聽

础鲍鈥檚 U-Pass program provides full-time students with unlimited Metro and Metrobus rides.

Biking is a convenient, healthy, budget-friendly, and low-carbon way to travel around campus and to explore the region. If you have your own bike, register it聽with AU Transportation to聽help聽AUPD locate it if ever lost or stolen. If you don't have your own bike, take advantage of a discounted membership to Capital Bikeshare, which operates several docking stations on campus.

Build Community

Discussing climate change and environmental problems with others helps build wide-spread awareness and support for issues you care about. Talking about these issues with friends and family might be .

麻豆果冻传媒 hosts a variety of environmental clubs, ranging from the Zero Waste Club to the Beekeeping Society. The Office of Sustainability also offers聽the EcoRep Program for undergraduate students.聽

Sign-up to receive聽聽and be in the know about environmental initiatives and opportunities on campus and beyond. Then follow on Instagram, on Twitter, and 聽on Facebook.

Commit & Certify

Commit to taking at least 10 sustainable actions, become certified, and earn prizes.

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