Accept the Challenge!

Did you know that Georgia Southern was named one of the top green universities in the country by the Princeton Review for the second year in a row? I didn’t either!

This past weekend I was presented with an opportunity to go on a campus sustainability tour with GSU professor and Director of the Center for Sustainability, Dr. Lissa Leege. There are so many steps that Georgia Southern takes in order to help direct our campus towards sustainability, which is the ability to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, according to the UN Bruntland Commission.

It’s easy to go about your day without thinking about whether or not future generations will be able to keep using the resources on our planet. I get that. But I think if you are fed some knowledge, you might catch yourself thinking twice.

Here are a few interesting facts I learned about our campus:

– There are 14 buildings on campus with white roofs. This allows the hot sun to reflect and also helps insulate the building. This reduces heating and cooling costs to save money and energy.

– Have you ever noticed square bricks in areas along the pedestrium that don’t match the others? Well those are pervious pavers. They allow rainwater to trickle through and be filtered before it ends up in our water systems.

– There are over 600 recycling bins on campus!

– Our buses use ultra low sulfur diesel and use biodiesel as fuel to transport students around campus.

– The RAC is LEED certified and the new Biology building will also be LEED certified!

These are only a few of the many things campus has to help keep GSU green. If a university of over 20,000 students can take the steps to live a little greener, what can YOU do to reduce your carbon footprint and become more sustainable?

I challenge you to participate in the LivinGreen Challenge. You can commit to 10, 20 or 30 days to increase the ways you live green. No act is too small for this challenge, so click here to register!

You can do things like carpool to campus with roommates or friends, invest in a reusable water bottle and water filter, turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face and set up your own recycling bins in your house or apartment. Get creative, there are SO MANY ways to live a little greener!

But don’t stop there! Make sure you take pictures of yourself participating in these types of sustainable acts and post them to the University Wellness Facebook page or email them to wellness@georgiasouthern.edu to be entered into a prize raffle! Prizes include a bike, Kindle and many green, household items. Also, all participants will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last.

On top of taking pictures of yourself adding sustainability to your daily lifestyle, you may receive a signature on your attendance verification form for attending approved events to be placed in the prize raffle. For example, you can attend the Farmer’s Market on the first and third Tuesday of the month to help support local farmers and enjoy fresh produce. A list of those events can be found HERE.

I feel that most people don’t realize how much of an impact they have on our planet, even as an individual. Take THIS QUIZ to find out how many earths we would need if everyone lived like you! If everyone lived like me, we would need almost four earths! I need to step up my green game, so I accept the LivinGreen Challenge and I’m challenging you to do the same!

Happy Green Living!
Amanda


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