Student’s Corner

Since the majority of people spend a large portion of their time in an office building, it is valuable to learn tips that allow us to be the most sustainable we can be in this environment. has an extremely comprehensive list of tips, but here is a “cliff notes” version of useful ideas:

Paper Use

  • Consider whether the material printed can be shared over email
  • Print double-sided
  • Use scratch paper for notes
  • Print on recycled paper whenever possible
  • Recycle materials that you are finished with

Computer Use

  • Adjust settings to conserve energy, such as allowing the computer to hibernate or standby after a period of not being used
  • Lower the screen’s brightness level
  • Turn off your computer at the end of each day


  • Exchange older bulbs for eco-friendly, Energy Star rated bulbs
  • Open the blinds to utilize natural sunlight
  • Turn off the lights whenever you leave the room


  • Open windows or doors and put down the blinds to keep the office cool
  • Dress in layers rather than turning up the thermostat

Water Use

  • Do not use the sink with full pressure
  • Wash dishes by hand rather than using the dish washer


  • Bring a reusable bag and Tupperware containers rather than paper or plastic bags
  • Compost the food that you do not finish if the office has a compost system in place


  • Taking public transportation, carpooling, walking, or biking, are all environmentally friendly forms of commuting


Written by Abigail Fagan, class of 2014.