What Can I Do?
Check out the Xavier University Guide to a Green Cincinnati created for students by students with tips on how to live sustainably on or off-campus.
Join the Sustainability Club and help create tangible change on Xavier's campus.
Practice sustainable habits in your dorm or apartment: take shorter showers, turn off the lights when you're not in a room, unplug energy vampires (chargers and electronics with lights that shine even in the off position such as TVs), don't run your air conditioner when you're not home, switch to CFL light bulbs, and more!
For Faculty & Staff
Take a look at the Green Office Guide for tips on how to promote a sustainable workplace. You can also order a recycling bin for your office by calling x3151.
Take the Green Umbrella Energy Challenge this winter, and take advantage of the Green Umbrella/Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance/Xavier partnership to do an energy audit on your home and receive incentives for energy conservation measures.
By committing to do at least one action in each of the following categories, I am joining others to help create a more sustainable Xavier.
I pledge to reduce my energy use.
- Turn off lights and appliances when I'm not using them
- Unplug appliances that I don't often use
- Replace my regular light bulbs with compact fluorescents
- Change my thermostats a few degrees (down in the winter, up in the summer)
- Combine my errands to reduce car trips
- Take public transportation/walk/bike/carpool to campus at least one day a week
- Learn how to power my home with "Green" power and do it.
I pledge to reduce the waste I produce.
- Use scratch paper for notes and print/copy double-sided
- Take my own shopping bags to the grocery store
- Use my own water bottle and coffee mug every day
- Buy items in bulk and items with minimal packaging
- Recycle everything that I can and responsibly dispose of my electronic waste.
- Sign up to receive all my bills online, rather than in the mail
- Sign up for the Directmail.com National Do Not Mail List
- Provide and encourage recycling at the events I plan (meetings/meals/parties)
I pledge to develop more sustainable habits.
- Eat vegetarian more often and reduce my consumption of meat and seafood
- Buy organic produce and visit the farmer's market near Xavier or my home
- Think twice about making a purchase. "Do I really need more stuff?"
- Buy products composed of organic and/or recycled material
- Use less water when I wash dishes/brush teeth, take shorter showers
- Support fair trade, shade grown and organic coffee
- Learn as much as I can about sustainability and teach others
I pledge to lead by example.
The Xavier Community
Members of our community have shared their own tips for living sustainably, from taking the bus to using less harmful cleaning products. Their contributions are featured below.
- Living Glocally by Kathleen Smythe, Department of history
- Community Gardens by Molly Robertshaw, Peace and Justice Programs
- Sustainability and the Economic Crisis by James Buchanan, Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue
- Clean and Green by Rose Marie Wetterau, Health and Counseling Center
- Be a Locavore by Sarah Melcher, Department of Theology
- Recyclemania by Stacy Decker, Physical Plant
- Starting a Recycling Program by Mary Rosenfeldt, McGrath Health and Counseling Center
- Green Computer Usage by Greg Schaber, Marketing and Printing Services
- Lights Off by Kathleen Smythe, Department of History
- Food Cooperatives by Gillian Ahlgren, Department of Theology
- Ride Sharing by David Mengel , Department of History
- Paul Hawken's 2009 Commencement Address at the University of Portland