12/07/2021

Categories: Sustainability, Undergradute

How to be a Sustainable Student

Slowing the rate of climate change means all of us making, small changes to how we live and work. With University life already being so busy, just how can students be more sustainable?

Student life follows a busy schedule and so even though you probably know how to be green, with so much to do and so much happening every day, being eco-friendly can seem like a big ask. But as these seven hints and tips show, there is no reason why you can’t make eco-friendly changes to become a more sustainable student.

1 Ditch paper…

The world is now digitally focused, and that means you no longer have to bulk your bag with notebooks and pens. Opt for digital note-taking with a tablet or on your smartphone. You can store this safely on the device so when you need to consult your notes, you have them to hand. It might also be possible to submit assignments electronically too, great for reducing your paper consumption even more.

2… but power down

Electronic gadgets make student life so much easier, but many of us still have a habit of leaving them on standby. Powering down gadgets, from TVs to PCs and laptops, and unplugging chargers when not in use save you money as well as the environment. 

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3 Re-use plastic bottles

There are times when the only option is to buy a drink in a plastic bottle but rather than immediately toss it into the recycling when you are done, re-use it as many times as you can. You can re-use it for as long as it is not cracked or damaged, and for as long as you can keep it hygienically clean.

4 Buy less

In considering how can students be more sustainable at University, we need to consider what we buy and why. All of us tend to buy things that we assume we need, or we are led to believe that we need. The truth is many of these purchase decisions are driven by advertising. Consider purchases before you make them or why not consider borrowing items instead?

5 Walk or cycle more

Student life often means that you live on or very close to campus and whilst getting public transport is better for the environment than driving, it can be expensive. Walking or cycling more is not only better for your budget but also much better for your health. Both are also eco-friendly, as you are not consuming fossil fuels.

6 Turn down the thermostat at your student digs

It’s an age-old joke about your folks turning down the thermostat and wearing an extra layer or two, but now you are at University you’ll find that this is something you end up doing! It can be expensive to heat your student digs to a tropical temperature and gas, oil or electric heating also adds to your carbon footprint. Turn the thermostat down a notch or two to help save the planet.

7 Opt-out of junk mail

Life at University comes with all kind of benefits, one of which are brands and manufacturers offering your products and services at discounted student rates. But these offers usually come with junk mail. By opting out, you are helping to save paper, and you can always go for email marketing instead.

In learning how students can be more sustainable, the answers are much easier than many people think. Small changes that we make a part of our everyday life, have proven to be the most effective way of living more sustainably. And there’s no reason why every student can’t live more sustainably.

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Sustainability At The University Of Bolton

Of course, there’s one way to be a sustainable student that we haven’t mentioned, and that is to study at a University that takes sustainability seriously. Here at the University of Bolton, we’re doing all that we can to ensure that our impact on the environment isn’t a negative one.

Our sustainability committee regularly reviews our sustainability practices and we aim for a continuous improvement, by ensuring we follow best practice when implementing such strategies.

If you’re interested in learning more about our sustainability policy, you can read our sustainability policy here. Or, you can get in touch by messaging enquiries@bolton.ac.uk to learn more about what we’re doing to reduce our footprint.

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