A Student's Guide to Going Green

Why should I go green?

Going green can help reduce pollution and waste while conserving resources and energy. Doing so, can help the environment prosper and continue to provide people with a safe place to live. According to Livestrong.com, using natural cleaning products and purifying your air at home can help improve your personal health as well as raise your productivity. Using natural products not only helps you but the world around you. For students, being able to be more productive can definitely come in handy, especially during finals week.

Schools and businesses around the country have joined in the go green movement and have taken action in reducing their carbon footprint. The Office of Sustainability at the University of Florida is among the many schools joining the cause. According to their website, their mission is to make UF a model of sustainability through its operations, research, education and outreach.

Laurel Nesbit, a program assistant at UF's Office of Sustainability, has been reaching out to students and community members of Gainesville, Fla., for years about the importance of going green. She's earned her B.A. in English from the University of Florida and is a member of the Board of Directors for Alachua Conservation Trust. I spoke with Ms. Nesbit recently to understand exactly why it's important for students and people to become more eco-friendly and for tips on how they can do so. Listen below to hear the full interview.