Campus Sustainability is an opportunity for college students to practice being better stewards of the earth God created. According to a recent study, 97 percent of upcoming college students they are deeply committed to caring for their world and want to support campus sustainability efforts as much as possible.
Here are several ways Azusa Pacific University students can work together to do their part in protecting the planet and the people on it.
Commit to reducing your energy consumption
Small actions, like turning off lights or appliances when they’re not in use, can add up to a lot of energy savings without drastically changing your lifestyle. Here are some easy ways to save energy:
- Study by an open window or outside in beautiful sunlight instead of using indoor lights.
- Combine your errands so you can save time and gas.
- In cold weather, find a comfortable blanket or socks before turning up the thermostat.
- In hot weather, drink a large glass of ice water before turning on the air conditioner.
- Sign up for bill payments and online deposits to reduce paper waste.
- take the APU Creation Care Commitment today and get more ideas on how to live green.
Buy used to save money and protect the planet
Every season, new home goods, fashions, and gadgets hit the aisles, and it’s tempting to update accordingly. However, doing so can severely impact the planet. In fact, the fashion industry alone accounts for nearly 8 to 10 percent of global carbon emissions and nearly 20 percent of sewage. about 9 million tons of furniture ends up in landfills around the world every year.
Buying used means you can find items in good or like-new condition for less, and it prevents products from ending up in landfills. Buying secondhand doesn’t always mean shopping at a dusty thrift store. You can find items at garage sales, through the Facebook Marketplace, and through online thrift retailers like eBay and OfferUp.
You can save even more by borrowing items from friends or family. Organize a birthday party? Instead of running to the store for supplies, see if you can borrow the materials you need from friends and family. This can also work if you need a suit or dress for a fancy event. See if you can borrow one first to save money and protect the planet.
Reduce the use of single-use plastic and paper
Reusable items cost more up front, but can save a lot of plastic and paper in the long run. Here are some simple ways to reduce your footprint with reusables:
- Bring your own mug to the cafeteria.
- Use reusable straws or drink without one.
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go to reduce your use of single-use plastic bottles.
- Pack groceries and other purchases in reusable bags to reduce plastic and paper waste.
- Buy food in bulk and share it with friends.
- Use real plates and utensils instead of paper and plastic; doing the dishes pays off when it comes to reducing waste.
APU’s commitment to environmental stewardship
APU’s Environmental Stewardship office helps the school achieve its sustainability goals. Its mission is “to honor God by developing programs that promote conservation, recycling, and sustainability, and to provide efficient public service systems without compromising the needs of future generations.” It seeks to accomplish this goal by managing public services, overseeing recycling efforts on campus, and encouraging community involvement.
In addition to recycling centers on campus for your old paper, cardboard, glass, and cans, APU also uses recycled paper in all restrooms and biodegradable cleaners. Additionally, electric vehicles are used for campus security and campus duties. These are just some of the ways APU seeks to embrace the words of Psalm 24:1: “The earth belongs to the Lord, and all that is in it.”
For more information on how you can contribute to APU’s sustainability goals, contact the Environmental Stewardship office.
Published: July 22, 2022