Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Easy ways Huskers can increase their sustainability on campus
It can seem hard to live sustainably when there are lots of disposable, single-use items available to you. However, there are lots of simple ways to adjust your daily habits to save energy, preserve resources and protect our environment.
These small tweaks will benefit you and everyone else, too.
- Use the OZZI reusable containers for Take & Go meals at the on-campus dining centers.
Avoid waste and cost increases by returning the empty container to a Drop 'N Go receptacle on your next visit to the dining centers. By "completing the loop" of keeping the containers in circulation, you help ensure the containers are available for other Huskers and there are enough containers to go around.
- Utilize the campus recycling receptacles.(shown in photo)
More sites were installed around campus in 2020 by UNL Recycling Services to increase convenience and recycling capacity. Read about the new Recycling Pilot Program here.
- Carpool with the people who live in your household.
Follow these guidelines on how to carpool safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Try biking when the weather allows, and utilize the campus bus and Startran to move around town. These tips will also save you lots of money on gas.
- Fill up at the on-campus water refill stations.
Located in a variety of buildings, the stations are hands-free and accommodate a wide variety of containers and sizes. Use this map to find a refill station near you.
- Wear cloth face coverings or masks and wash them often.
This single act alone will cut down on waste on a global scale. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals in one city alone produced more than 240 tons of single-use medical waste per day. The total waste is much, much larger worldwide.
- Reduce your energy use.
Don’t leave electric items plugged in all day long. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could save about 10% on your electricity bill by unplugging unnecessary appliances.