Kermit must not have gone to college: It is easy being green
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 16:01
As college freshmen, we've made a transition (hopefully) from careless high school kids to well-rounded individuals who are globally aware and have the knowledge to touch on topics of religion, politics and the environment.
I like to think I've become globally aware. Yes, I care about the planet now. I unplug my phone charger when I'm not using it, turn off lights that aren't in use, and best of all, I ride my bike to and from campus four miles every day — except when it rains.
My bike has become a hot topic, and it's no secret I have a newfound appreciation for bikes. Maybe it's the child inside me, maybe the frugal college girl who wants to save money at all costs. Whatever the reason, there are many pros and so little cons to going green.
I must admit, riding my bike from home to campus each day didn't exactly begin as me trying to make a green revolution, it was a move for convenience and economy.
The sneaky workout and the saving of the planet are just an added bonus. I know as college students, convenience is something we swear by, and like the great philosopher Kermit, the Frog once said, "It's not easy being green."
In that spirit, I've decide to compile a list of things to make the green process for us much easier.
1. Make it a goal to shower in five minutes or less. You'll save time you can put into doing your really hard math homework.
2. If you live off campus, try riding your bike to school. If you live on-campus, skateboard, ride or walk your way to class.
3. Buy a thermos! Ditch the water bottle and refill your thermos whenever.
4. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Great lighting, great savings.
5. Unplug your phone, your iPod, your Nook, whatever. Turn off your computer before bed.
6. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot. The majority of your clothes won't mind.
7. Get yourself a nice, green recycled tote for groceries. I've heard Publix sells nice ones.
8. Print on both sides. Some professors are okay with this and even encourage students to reuse paper.
9. When you clean, keep it green. You'd be surprise at the many uses of vinegar and baking soda.
10. Recycle your clothes. Donate them to Salvation Army or Goodwill. You'll be doing good and feeling good.
Are you up for this challenge? If you are,, get involved with the club I.D.E.A.S., which strives to create a self-sustaining, proactive university.
There you have it, now it's up to you to make the change. Go green.