Student Sustainability Tips
Download sustainability tips for undergraduate students and graduate students!
Bike to and around campus
Visit UNH Transportation Services at the UNH Visitor's Center near A-lot, show your UNH ID, and borrow a blue Cat Cycle - for free! Then happily ride all over campus knowing that you are improving your health and our air quality.
Only wash full loads of clothes, and wash with lukewarm or cold water, not hot. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Take shorter showers, and turn the shower off while you scrub. (You can turn it back on to rinse.) When washing dishes by hand, use a sink full of water instead of running water. If you use a dishwasher, only run full loads and use any energy or water efficiency settings available. Report any leaks and drips in sinks, showers, and toilets to your Hall Director or to UNH Facilities Maintenance at 862-1437.
Check out our virtual energy efficient residence hall room for how to easily deck your dorm or apartment out with energy saving electronics and lighting. Don't bring a fridge or car to campus. And buy previously owned items from UNH Trash-2-Treasure.
- "Eat Good, Do Good," a food guide for UNH students
- UNH Slow Food organization and Organic Garden Club
Turn off lights when you leave the room. Use natural lighting - read or work near windows or outside when you can.
Get involved in the work of student organizations on campus like Students Without Borders, the UNH Organic Garden Club, the Student Environmental Action Council, the UNH Energy Club, the Student Senate, the UNH Slow Food group, volunteer efforts of your fraternity or sorority, and various student performing arts groups. Join, pitch in, and share in the fun!
Refill a reusable water bottle in water fountains and "Hydration Stations" across campus. And bring a reusable mug to get your Fair Trade coffee.
UNH has many sustainability academic programs and courses from which to choose.
When choosing a light bulb for any personal floor and desk lamps, choose efficient lighting like compact fluorescent or LED.
Donate furniture, electronics, clothing, non-perishable food, and more, through Trash-2-Treasure.
Print (if you even need to!) sustainably
You know the drill. Don't use your blue UNH recycling bin for trash. Recycle paper, cans, plastic, and more. When you can, please speak to other students about the importance of recycling, and if you see someone throwing away recyclables or putting trash in recycling bins, please speak up.
Join UNH Wildcat Rides on Facebook to ride share with others!
Dimond Library offers a free scanning service. Faculty, staff, and students can use a KIC II scanning station -- located next to the photocopier outside the Addison Reading Room -- to scan paper documents. Questions about the scanner can be directed to the Dimond IT Support Center staff.
Instead of driving solo to campus, take WildCAT Transit to save time, hassle, money, and emissions.
Get involved in UNH Unplugged, an energy use reduction competition held on the UNH Durham campus each year. The major goal is to engage students living on campus in activities that reduce their ecological footprints - in particular, energy use. Compete for prizes and recognition while saving energy and emissions!
Turn off and then unplug all electronics and appliances when not in use. Or, plug these items into a power strip or surge protector that you can turn off. And make sure your power management settings are turned on so your monitors and hard drives go to "sleep" or shut off when not in use.
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