Hello everyone! Happy Earth Week! I hope our sustainable practices are in full effect (as they should be every week). I think this week is a great time to challenge ourselves to see how sustainable we can live and see if these could actually be viable changes to our lifestyles. Let’s investigate the options!
One option is using public transportation this week. If you live downtown or by South Campus, this is definitely a great way to save money, wear and tear on your vehicle, and the stress of finding parking while simultaneously reducing harmful emissions. Taking the bus or train will give you time to read, study or relax. Walking to and from stops to your destination also helps you get some of your steps in.
Alternatively, depending on the weather, using a bike, rollerblades or a skateboard are also clean ways to travel that double as exercise.
Another money saving option would be going meat “less”, vegetarian or vegan this week. If cutting meat completely out of your diet isn’t an option, look into cutting out beef. It takes approximately 8 times more energy to produce a pound of beef (31 kWh/lb.) than a pound of chicken (4.4 kWh/lb.). Beef production also uses more land and emits more methane, a GHG. By replacing an all-beef burger from Stackers to a chicken burger or a salad from Edgy Veggies, you’ll be making a more sustainable choice.
Have things you don’t need? Donate them! This is a great way to give items a second chance at life and diverting them from landfills. On the other hand, if you need something, look into used items first. You might find what you need at a lower price and will save them from landfills as well.
All of these suggestions might sound like a lot of work, and as a college student, you’re probably already exhausted. Get your caffeine fix and fill up your UB CDS reusable mug for 10% off your drink purchase. Save money, keep single use cups and lids out of the landfills, and help yourself from falling asleep in lecture. The earth (and your professor) appreciates it!
April also marks the start of planning out your garden! Starting a garden at home will give you access to fresh fruit and vegetables and will help encourage the growth of our dying bee population. Need help starting your garden or don’t have any green space in your dorm/apartment? Join UB Gardening Club and help make your campus more sustainable!
Speaking of gardens, soil amendment is available at the Statler Commissary (by the Center for Tomorrow/ Maple Rd. Entrance)! By dehydrating pre and post consumer food waste from the dining centers, Campus Dining and Shops is reducing their overall food waste and helping the community add nutrients back to the soil. It can even complement your own compost!
Student Sustainability Coordinator, CDS