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Why do you believe in being green? Try these out to make your beliefs a reality.
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To Conserve: To Heal: To Transform:To Support: To Lead:Websites with More Ideas:
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In the interest of avoiding waste and preserving resources, tap into your frugal side.In the interest of reducing harmful impact and mitigating environmental damage, tap into your sense of responsibility and altruism. In the interest of adapting and changing to be more sustainable, tap into your innovative tendencies and openness to change.In the interest of spreading sustainability to others, tap into your social, academic, and supportive side. In the interest of breaking the mold and rejecting the status quo tap into your risk-taking, self-sacrificing, entrepreneurial side.http://www.slu.edu/facilities-services-home/slustainability/be-a-green-billiken/live-it/tips
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Recycle and opt to buy products whose packing and waste are recyclable. recycling.slu.eduHost a planting party to bring beauty and cleaner air into your indoor spaces.Start a "turn it off" campaign to conserve energy by turning off electronic devices, such as monitors, when you leave for the day.http://www.studentswitchoff.org/ Contact your local, state, or national representatives to ask for greener legislation.http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx/leg_lookup.aspxMake your office "styrofoam free."http://www.earthresource.org/campaigns/capp/capp-styrofoam.htmlhttp://www.ccbcmd.edu/sustainability/sustainable_tips.html
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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.Organize a group to volunteer on Make a Difference Day.http://www.slu.edu/madd.xmlStart an office or commuter carpool group.http://ridematch.ridefinders.org/mct/service.asp?Authenticated=FalseDevelop a department challenge, such as a "NoShember" (no shave November). http://www.northern-iowan.org/no-shave-saves-water-1.2788857#.UmAgfnBwrQg or noshavenovember.com Put "sustainability" on your next meeting's agenda and see what new practices you can champion.http://www.strategyforsustainability.com/do-one-thing/
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Hold an e-waste drive and make a famisweb.slu.edu work order for pick-up.famisweb.slu.eduUse alternative transportation. http://www.slu.edu/facilities-services-home/departments/transportation-services/alternative-transportationTurn water off while shampooing/ conditioning your hair and save more than 50 gallons a week.Join or sponsor a student group focused on sustainability. http://www.slu.edu/facilities-services-home/slustainability/be-a-green-billiken/live-it/groups#Student groupsStart a "green team" for your group.http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2009/05/05/how-build-green-team-first-step-sustainabilityhttp://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/ten-sustainable-actions/
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Purchase resuable cups, bottles, mugs or utensils to encourage waste minimization.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.htmlUnplug your cell-phone charger when it's not in use.Wear green on 10/25/13.Eat vegetarian at least one day a week.http://www.practicallygreen.com/actions/join-meat-free-mondays-or-eat-vegetarian-one-day-a-weekhttp://www.sustainabletucson.org/what-you-can-do/sustainability-actions-everyone-can-do/
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Wash full loads in dishwashers and washing machines. This could save up to 1,000 gallons a month.Have your group "adopt-a-highway."http://www.modot.org/stlouis/programs/adoptahighway.htmMake the commitment to not buy bottled water.http://bottledwaterfreeslu.tumblr.com/Post a recycling sign on your recycling bins.recycling.slu.eduHost a sustainability scavenger hunt.http://www.corecolorado.org/events?eventId=521234&EventViewMode=EventDetailshttp://www.yousustain.com/
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Adjust your thermostat...wear layers or use fans.Switch light bulbs to CFLs or LED.Bike or walk to work.Follow @greenbilliken on Twitter and tweet your green practices.https://twitter.com/search?q=Green%20Billiken&src=typdTry a clothes line to dry your laundry.http://sustainability.duke.edu/action/
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Replace your shower head with a low flow version.Wrap your water heater.Opt for the stairs over the elevator.Watch a sustainability themed documentary, such as Tapped.http://www.tappedthemovie.com/Plan ahead and participate in an upcoming national or global event such as Earth Day or Earth Hour.http://www.earthhour.org/ http://grist.org/article/2010-02-01-how-personal-actions-can-kick-start-a-sustainability-revolution/
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Save gas by keeping your tires properly inflated.Select products with the least packaging and/or buy in bulk.http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/5-companies-producing-products-with-eco-friendly-packaging/Adjust driving habits: accelerate gently, limit idling, use cruise control.http://iturnitoff.com/Show your support by wearing a #GreenBilliken or Recycling Button or #GreenBilliken wrist band.
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Winterize your home and seal drafts. Save energy by washing clothes with cold water, instead of hot.Bring reusable bags to ANY store.Donate to a charity like the United Way.http://www.stl.unitedway.org/
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Hold a book drive to support Better World Books.http://www.slu.edu/facilities-services-home/slustainability/campus-operations/recycling-and-waste-reduction/reuse/book-donationsPlant a tree.http://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/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."
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Citation: Ones, Deniz S; Dilchert, Stephan; Wiernik, Brenton M.; and Klein, Rachael. (2013). The green five. http://greenfive.org/aashe/greenfive-handout.pdf
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