10 Easy Ways to Go Green at Xavier Posted April 20, 2015

10 Easy Ways to Go Green at Xavier 

1. Grab lunch to go.
One thing you won’t find on special at Xavier Dining is Styrofoam. Instead, students use Green To Go Boxes at the Hoff Dining Commons. It’s included in your meal plan, and is an easy way to help keep 400 Styrofoam containers from being discarded into landfills every day.

2. Get on your bike.
With more than two dozen bike racks and clear paths through campus, it's simple to navigate by bike. It’s also easy to rent a bike on campus. All you have to do is email Bike XU (bikeXU@xavier.edu) for information about how to rent a bike, helmet, safety light and lock for the entire semester.

3. Get your own compost bin.
Those banana peels, apple cores and grape stems can live on, not as fuzzy objects in your dorm room trash can, but as a valuable addition to the University’s sustainable efforts. Contact the Sustainability Department on Facebook for information about how to get your own compost bin! 

4. Grow vegetables in our community garden.
Get your thumb green at our campus community garden. But don’t vegetate on the idea too long—plot applications are available annually and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

5. Become an energy detective.
Supplied with heat-imaging devices, thermometers and laptops, this student task force gathers data on energy use throughout the campus. The data they gather helps the University make buildings more energy efficient. Perhaps the coolest paid internship on campus. Sign up for the Sustainability Newsletter for the latest internship postings. 

6. Ride the Metro bus.
Most Xavier students who ride the bus catch Route 4 and Route 51. The routes travel to anywhere you could want to go, including downtown Cincinnati, Findlay Market and Kenwood.

7. Join the Sustainability Club. 
Sustainability is the future and is about the choices we make. Join the Sustainability Club and share ideas with the University, get involved in green initiatives and develop your own projects.

8. Participate in Earth Week (April 20-25).
Celebrate Earth Week at Xavier and raise awareness about sustainable action on campus. Activities include composting, hand printing, tie-dying and more. Check out the student-created Guide to a Green Cincinnati for tips on how to live sustainably year-round.

9. Recycle more than paper and cardboard.
Look for the booths set up throughout campus to drop off gently used furniture, clothing, books and other items during Move Out week. Donations will go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity. Drop off items year round at our donation box for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, located behind Husman Hall near the C-1 parking lot.

10. Go outside.
Between Hayden Baseball Field, outdoor basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, the outdoor soccer field and green space, it's easy to find something to do outdoors at Xavier. Be sure to save energy by turning your computer off before you leave your dorm, along with other plugged-in appliances. See a full list of tips from the Sustainability Department. 

As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Xavier is committed to teaching students about the environment and ways to make the world a better place for others. Learn about our Sustainability degree programs, our Sustainability Plan, and how to get involved. Follow Xavier Sustainability on Twitter and Facebook


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