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10 Awesome Things Sustainable Wildcats Do

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

NU accepts paper, cardboard, cans, glass, plastic containers #1-5, electronic waste, and even plastic bags at the bottom floor of Norris, near the elevators during the school year!

                                                   Recycle Bins

2. Carry a reusable water bottle EVERYWHERE.

We now have more than 40 water refilling stations in the residence halls, Norris, and across campus. Why pay for water when you can get it for free?

                                                  sustainNU water bottle

3. Turn off the lights and all electronics when leaving a room.

Beware of vampire energy, electronics continue to use energy when they are turned off, but still plugged in. Consider purchasing a power or smart strip. 

                                                    turn off lights & electronics

4. Participate in Meatless Monday.

Steak is delicious, but industrial livestock contributes heavily to carbon emissions and uses a significant amount of water and land. Luckily Northwestern Dining offers meatless options in the dining halls.

                                                    meatless mondays

5. Take the Green Pledge annually.

It never hurts to refresh your commitment to help make NU a leader in sustainability.

                                                    sustainNU Green Pledge

6. Walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation instead of driving.

Lets be honest, there are always good stories to tell your friends after taking alternative transportation...

                                                   people sleeping on train

7. Purchase secondhand clothes, furniture, and accessories.

Choose to reuse; they dont make 'em like the used to and nearly-new clothes are softer and more comfortable. 

                                                   Macklemore & reusing

8. Shop for produce at farmers markets and look for local and seasonal options.

You are what you eat and fresh fruits and vegetables taste better and are good for you. 

                                                   farmers markets

9. Shower for less than 5 minutes and only do full loads of laundry.

It's a no-brainer, both will save you money and time.

                                                  shorter showers  

10. Take Eric Masanet’s life-changing ‘Intro to Sustainability’ class.

Life cycle assessments anyone?

                                                   Intro to Sustainability course