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Green Living Guide

We hope that as UW Oshkosh continues its effort in becoming a more sustainable higher education institution, you will make a conscious effort to do the same. Here are quick tips on what YOU can do:



  • Tune in and turn off! Turn off lights and computers when not in use and convince your friends to do the same.
  • Check appliances, such as computers, that continue to use electricity even when turned off. Switch off the power bar you are using or unplug the computer.
  • When we are having cold Wisconsin weather, wear warm clothing rather than turn up the heat.


    Waste Reduction

    • Get to know where the recycling containers are on campus.
    • Recycle paper, cans, and bottles.
    • Be careful that the cans and bottles are empty -- one can with liquid in it contaminates the entire contents.
    • Ask a friend to recycle.



    • Stop the Drop! Turn off faucets when you are not using them.
    • Take showers instead of baths, and take shorter showers.
    • There is no "away." Don't pour oil or other liquids into storm drains -- they end up in our water.



    • Purchase Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, and other products.
    • Eat more organic food.
    • Support local farmers by purchasing food at farmers markets or directly from the farm.
    • Purchase meat and chicken that have been raised in a certified humane way.



    • Forget the car. Bike, walk or take the bus!
    • If you buy a car, look for those with the highest gas mileage and the least polluting.



    • When you buy paper, try to find a kind with 100% post-consumer content.
    • Buy eco-friendly cleaners.

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