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Do One Thing (DOT)
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How hard is it to Do One Thing?
Try to adopt one easy-to-"Do" sustainability related actions from each theme during SLUstainability Month!
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Energy Consumption (10/1-10)Alternative Transportation (10/11-20)Food and Waste (10/21-31)
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Choose the stairs instead of taking the elevator - you’ll get some exercise in, too!http://www.studentswitchoff.org/ Start an office or commuter carpool group.http://ridematch.ridefinders.org/mct/service.asp?Authenticated=FalseGet smaller portions when getting food in dining halls (you can get more later)
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Start a "turn it off" campaign to conserve energy by turning off electronic devices, such as monitors, when you leave for the day.Use MetroLink or Bus when going downtown (i.e. Watching the Cards play)Recycle and opt to buy products whose packing and waste are recyclable.
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Unplug your cell-phone charger when it's not in use.Register your bike with DPSDPS WebsiteEat vegetarian at least one day a week. Start this by participating in Meatless Mondayhttp://www.practicallygreen.com/actions/join-meat-free-mondays-or-eat-vegetarian-one-day-a-week
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Switch light bulbs to CFLs or LED.Adjust driving habits: accelerate gently and use cruise control.http://iturnitoff.com/Stop someone from throwing a recylable item in a landfill-bound trash can
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Wash full loads in dishwashers and washing machines. This could save up to 1,000 gallons a month.Walk or ride your bike to the store instead of drivingMake the commitment to not buy bottled water.Take the Pledge Here.
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Adjust your thermostat...wear layers or use fans.Use the new Enterprise CarShare programPurchase resuable cups, bottles, mugs or utensils to encourage waste minimization.
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Replace your shower head with a low flow version.Take advantage of the Guaranteed Ride Home program provided by Citizens for Modernized Transit (CMT)If you have old plastic shopping bags, make a habit of taking them to the groccery store to recycle them
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Wrap your water heater.Take the free shuttle to locations around campus instead of drivingRecycle your old or worn out electronics. Find a e-waste hauler or collect a box and place a SLU service request.famisweb.slu.edu
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Winterize your home and seal drafts. Try Biking to SLU one day and use one of the shower stations on campusBring reusable bags to ANY store.
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Turn water off while shampooing/ conditioning your hair and save more than 50 gallons a week.Save gas by keeping your tires properly inflated.Shop at a local farmers market.http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/where-and-when-to-find-the-farmers-markets-in-the/article_eeb8ceec-6cb9-56d8-8a32-90129db744f2.html
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Place "did you know" signs around your space to inform others of the impact of simple changes such as, "Turn off faucets while washing hands or brushing teeth and save 4 gallons a minute."Leave a little earlier and try walking to your location instead of drivingCompost any designated cups, utensil, or food waste you have
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Save energy by washing clothes with cold water, instead of hot.Limit idling to under 5 min to save on excess emissionsAdopt a first in, first out (FIFO) policy with food. Always have older products moved to the front of your cabinets, fridges, etc. to ensure all food is eaten before getting thrown away
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Try a clothes line to dry your laundry. But, if you use your dryer, make sure the lent screen is cleaned off. This action alone could save up to 5% off electricity bills.Try riding Metro to SLU one day or to an event. Support sustainable restuarants by eating at a certified Green Alliance RestaurantFind a Restaurant Here.
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Set your thermostat to 74 in the summer and to 69 in the winter for the most efficient heating & coolingParticipate in CMT's Try & Ride Program to get access to free Metro passes by committing for two months.Volunteer to work at a local community gardenFind an organization here.
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Be the one who makes sure to turn off the lights whenever you’re the last to exit a roomVolunteer at Campus KitchenSign Up Here.
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If you have a ceiling fan, running it in the opposite direction during the winter helps push warm air downParticipate in Community Supported Agriculture
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Use your microwave to cook or reheat small portions.If you go out ot eat, do not grab unecessary napkins. The average American consumes over six disposable napkins a day (2,200 in a year). This produces billions of pounds of waste into landfills every year.
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Utilize the reusable clam shells Aramark offers at its many dining options on campus.
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