How Can College Students Help Create Green Working Spaces?

Written by on November 19, 2018 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments

By Jennifer Lockman,

As time goes on, the need to go green is more important than ever. Luckily, there are a variety of ways that everyone can incorporate eco-friendly practices and habits into their everyday lives.

Turning your whole life green can be a bit of a process, though. In other words, it’s best to start small. So, how can college students make their study spaces green?

Start with the Lights

When setting up a workspace, it’s essential that there is plenty of light. If possible, set up a desk in an area that gets plenty of natural light. It means that when a student is working in the morning or even the afternoon, they can depend on natural light.

When a student does need to use a light, they should make sure their desk lamp uses an LED bulb. These use less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. Plus, they last longer, so they won’t need to be replaced as often.

Check the Computer

For the modern student, a lot of time will be spent on the computer. Writing essays, doing research, and even answering online discussion boards are a huge part of every college student’s life.

Since a computer is used all the time, it’s important that these computers are as energy saving as possible. There are certain features to look out for such as an LED display rather than an LCD one. The easiest way to find a green computer, though, is to look for a laptop that is Energy Star certified. These computers can save up to an impressive 65% of energy compared to other, standard computers.

If while you’re sitting at your computer, you find yourself struggling with school work, you aren’t out of luck. You can turn to online platforms to get help with essay writing.

Reduce and Recycle

Almost every college student has a trash bin by their desk. After all, you won’t keep the syllabus and handouts for every class forever. Instead of a trash can, try replacing this with a recycling bin. While it isn’t suitable for all trash – for example, your leftover study snack can’t be recycled – it can be great for getting rid of old papers or even empty water bottles.

It’s also worth considering carefully what you buy. Buying far more than you need is a sure way to create unnecessary waste.

Use Recycled Products

While it’s important to be the one to recycle, a student can also be the one to use the products of recycling. It includes items such as recycled paper or refillable ink cartridges.

For those worried about costs, you don’t have to worry too much. While recycled products can cost a little bit extra, they only charge about 5% additional compared to standard products.

Don’t Keep It Too Hot (or Too Cold!)

It’s crucial that a student is comfortable while they study. They shouldn’t go overboard on this either. While you might like to be warm in the winter, that doesn’t mean your study space should have the heat cranked up to an unreasonable level.

Not only does this save energy, but it also helps students who live in apartments or houses save money on their energy bill!

Final Thoughts

Going green is absolutely crucial to keep our environment healthy. While it might seem like a big job, everyone’s part matters. For students, they can start by turning their study spaces green, and it isn’t hard to do!

By taking small steps such as looking for energy-friendly and recycled products and keeping the temperature of your study space at a reasonable level, you can turn your study space eco-friendly in no time.

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