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Make a Personal Sustainability Commitment

While political efforts and international treaties get all the attention, a good bit of environmental sensitivity comes down to individual practices. To that end, this page provides you with a way to be part of the environmental movement at the grass-roots level by making your own commitment to adopt some green practices.
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Knowledge Matters

1. Calculate what my personal carbon footprint is:

2. Take Wittenberg's recycling quiz [link] to sharpen my understanding of good sustainability practices on our campus.

3. Read at least one New York Times article per week on sustainability issues.

4. Read up on environmental sustainability this year.

5. Make your own commitment to expand your knowledge of sustainability (optional).

Food and Drink Matters

1. Support Wittenberg's food co-op through monthly orders.

2. Seek out local and organic food options.

3. Primarily eat items lower on the food chain (especially vegetables).

4. Make your own commitment to sustainable food choices (optional).

Transportation Matters

1. Keep a working bike handy and use it whenever possible to reach destinations in the Springfield area.

2. Walk or bike to campus, or, when commuting from farther distances, carpool whenever possible.

3. Look for opportunities to carpool when car travel is necessary.

4. Trim my average approximate average annual car mileage by

5. Make fuel efficiency a primary consideration in my next automobile purchase.

6. Make your own commitment to reducing carbon emissions through transportation choices (optional).

Energy Matters

1. Turn off lights, computers, and other electronics when not in use--even for short periods of time.

2. Replace burnt out conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

3. Look for no or low carbon-emission recreational activities (i.e. things that don't require electricity) such as playing acoustic musical instruments, bike riding, hiking, and camping.

4. Use the cold water option, whenever possible, when doing laundry, and opt for short showers.

5. Make your own commitment to conserve energy (optional).

Waste Matters

1. Recycle all unwanted paper (including newspaper, post-it notes, and cardboard), glass, plastics, and aluminum.

2. Avoid buying and using bottled water.

3. Take reusable bags on all shopping trips.

4. Reduce waste in the CDR by not selecting potentially unwanted food, drinks, napkins, and the like.

5. Bring a reusable cup where possible in order to avoid the use of disposables.

6. Cut paper use in half by using 2-sided printer options or by printing multiple pages on one sheet.

7. Make your own commitment to reducing waste (optional).

Activist Matters

1. Attend at least 4 campus events this year that pertain to environmental issues.

2. Become involved in a campus environmental organization such as PoWER, STAND, the Outdoors Club, or Green Wittenberg.

3. Become active in an environmental organization at the state or national level through groups like the Ohio Environmental Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club.

4. Meet face-to-face with your state legislators during the Earth Day lobbying effort (April 22nd).

5. Make your own commitment to environmental activism (optional).

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