At Home Tips

Practicing sustainability in the workplace allows us at Campus Recreation to provide our participants with the best, most healthy and socially responsible experience possible when using our facility. ‚Äč It also helps us bring awareness to the importance of respecting people and the planet. At the end of the day, we want our participants and ourselves to have the tools necessary to make similar conscious choices in our personal lives. The following are Campus Rec’s tips for sustainability at home:

Ditch the Plastic

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Invest in a reusable water bottle. Plastic water bottles are more expensive in the long run than a single, durable bottle. Bottled water is no cleaner than tap water, contains harmful toxins from cheaply made plastic, and can take hundreds of years to break down. Not to mention, there are some pretty stylish reusable bottles out there.

Stop The Car (active, carbon emissions, stress)

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Automobile-dependent transportation is a significant contributor to carbon emissions, as well as a cause of stress and decreased activity levels in people. Break away from the single-passenger vehicle and walk, run, bike, carpool, ride the bus, skate, or hoverboard your way around town (well, maybe not that last one)! It’s good for your mind, your body and your earth.

Turn the Water Off

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While the majority of water use comes from the agriculture industry, we can dramatically reduce our water consumption at home with just a few simple practices. Turning off the water while brushing teeth, scrubbing all dishes and then turning the water on to rinse, doing full loads of laundry, and showering in five minutes or less, all will help. Brown lawns are also in, so why not limit outdoor watering as well?



Rec Center OutdoorLED light bulbs are much more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, using far less energy to provide light for thousands of more hours. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at any hardware store. They will definitely lower your electricity bill, but it’s still important to remember to turn them off when you don’t need them.










Use It Or Lose It

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Paper is often seen as a limitless resource. However, the vast amounts of paper used daily at home and in offices comes from forests. By printing double-sided, going digital, and using the backs of previously used sheets of paper, we can cut our paper use in half.

Go Thrift Shopping


Rec Center OutdoorPurchasing items second-hand is a great way to give used items another chance at life rather than being sent to a landfill. It takes a lot of energy to manufacture clothing, especially since most of our goods are produced overseas. No raw materials are used when purchases are made from thrift stores.






Use Plant Power

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Many household cleaning products, including personal care items, contain chemicals and ingredients that are harmful to breathe and toxic to ingest. For example, microbeads, the small beads commonly found in exfoliating scrubs, are made of plastic and are not filtered from wastewater, resulting in plastic pollution in rivers and other water bodies. Look for products that don’t contain petroleum ingredients, are free of artificial dyes, are not tested on animals, and won’t poison you if accidentally ingested. There are labels for all of these!

Go Local

Rec Center OutdoorYou can help support your local economy by purchasing food and products that were made within your city, county, or state. Doing so creates jobs, lessens the distance your food travels to reach you, and creates a sense of ownership and togetherness in a community.








Eat Some Veggies

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and water waste is cultivation of livestock for the dairy and beef industries. Large areas of forest are cleared to make room for these animals, eliminating a crucial carbon sink and destroying the homes of countless species. Estimates of the amount of water it takes to “grow” a burger, including water needed to grow grain and nourish the cow before slaughter, are as high as 600 gallons!

Tell Your Friends (Power of Word of Mouth)

Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth. Share your ideas, finds, and practices with your friends and family, encouraging them to learn more about how their lifestyle can create a healthy community and world. No action is too small.