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Ten Simple Tips for Sustainable Living

  1. Turn off your computer monitor when you'll be away for more than a few minutes. Turn off and unplug your printer, speakers, and other peripherals when you're not using them. Turn off the lights and music every time you leave the room.

  2. Print rough drafts of papers on the back of scrap paper, or (if it's all right with the professor) print your papers on both sides.

  3. Use two hands to brush your teeth - one to operate the toothbrush and the other to turn off the faucet when you're not actively using the water.

  4. Use your own mug when you're getting coffee or tea to go - U.Va. Dining locations offer discounts, and you save paper cups.

  5. Recycle utilizing U.Va.'s award-winning program.

  6. Refill reusable water bottles and store them in a refrigerator instead of buying new disposable bottles of water.

  7. Wash only full loads of laundry.

  8. Buy used and/or recycled products (including textbooks) whenever possible.

  9. Take only what you will eat in the dining halls and choose fresh, less-processed snacks (fruit, veggies, yogurt, cheese, whole grains) instead of processed items with excessive packaging.

  10. Take the bus (free with a U.Va. ID) or, better yet, walk or bike to your destination. It saves gas, money, and wear on your car, and you'll be healthier for it.