Here are a few simple suggestions for ways that students can begin actively caring for God’s creation while living at Houghton.
- Turn off your lights and other electronics when leaving your dorm room.
- Throw all recyclable items into the many blue recycling bins.
- Select the cold cycles on campus laundry machines; use less detergent; and select shorter drying cycles (or line dry your clothes).
- Don’t waste food in the dining hall. Take only what you will eat.
- Eat less meat. The production of meat requires significantly more energy and natural resources than do vegetables or grains.
- Walk around campus.
- Use a lamp with a simple LED bulb instead of the overhead lights.
- Put your electronics on a power strip and turn it off when not in use.
- Get in the habit of bringing reusable water bottle with you in order to avoid using bottled water.
- Take shorter showers to conserve water and energy.
- Carpool home on breaks.
- Take a course that focuses on sustainability.
- Avoid opening the windows during the winter! (If it’s too hot, fill out a maintenance request instead.)
- Become an Eco-Rep. Eco-Reps are student leaders who plan activities designed to engage the campus in creation care action.
- Read a book about creation care. A few good ones include Our Father’s World, Serve God, Save the Planet, For the Beauty of the Earth, Deep Economy, Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Saving God’s Green Earth.
- Get involved in political advocacy and let your representatives know that caring for God’s creation is a top priority for you.
- Get outside! One of the best ways to care for God’s creation is to fall in love with it. Get out and take a walk in the beautiful countryside around Houghton.
Got an idea you’d like to see happen at Houghton? Contact the Center for Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you’re thinking about.