A Student's Guide to Going Green

How do I get started?

Now that you are thinking of going green and being more sustainable let's first consider the following things.

Before getting started, you should think about what sort of things you want to accomplish while taking your journey. No. 1 rule is don't rush. This transition is one that hopefully many of you will stick with for the rest of your life so, what's the rush. Second, learn as much as you can and educate yourself. There are tons of helpful websites and local resources in your area. To get started on this step check out the Resources page.

Next, see what works for you. If you live in a dorm, chances are you're not going to be able to do household tricks like changing light bulbs in the common room or making sure people don't overuse too much water. So, find things that can work for you. Personalize these tips and make them your own. Another thing, have a friend join the journey with you. It's always more fun and easy to have someone along for the ride.

Make sure you write-up a goals list. This will help organize your ideas and allow you to see what progress you've made. The last two items are to join a local environmental club or organization and share your experience. These will help you network with others trying to go green and will help you gather more information, tips and advice.