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Green Living Guide

An illustrated student living space. Marked with 1 is a bottle of cleaning supply. Marked with 2 are window curtains. Marked with 3 is a window letting in daylight. Marked with 4 are textbooks. Marked with 5 is a houseplant. Marked with 6 are clothes in a laundry basket. Marked with 7 is a lamp on a nightstand. Marked with 8 is a nightstand. Marked with 9 is a computer. Marked with 10 is the SSC logo on a computer screen
  1. Eco Cleaners — Check your cleaning supplies for the EPA's Safer Choice label. These products are certified to be safer for you, your family, pets, and the environment without sacrificing performance.
  2. Curtains and Shades — Window curtains are a simple way to help insulate your room. Keep them closed in the winter to combat drafts or use black-out shades in the peak of summer to beat the heat.
  3. Natural Lighting — When the weather allows, keeping your shades open and using natural light helps us avoid harsh indoor lighting. There are also many health benefits from using natural light.
  4. Used Textbooks — Used textbooks can save paper, money, and emissions when sourced locally. Seek out second-hand books when possible and consider donating unwanted books at the end of each semester.
  5. Plants — Research has shown that houseplants could have the power to help improve indoor air quality, reduce stress levels, and boost your productivity.
  6. Laundry — Washing machines use an average of 20 gallons of water per load. Save water and only wash full loads of laundry. You can also reduce single-use waste and drying time by using wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets!
  7. LED Bulbs — LED bulbs are far more energy efficient than standard incandescent bulbs and can last much longer. When you can, switch lamps and light fixtures over to ENERGYSTAR qualified LED bulbs.
  8. Secondhand Furniture — Shopping secondhand when decorating your space supports the local economy, prevents unnecessary shipping emissions, and saves money.
  9. Power Save Settings — Power-saving settings help conserve energy by switching off unused devices and lowering screen brightness, which can also help reduce eye strain.
  10. Get Involved — Getting involved with the Student Sustainability Cooperative will help you engage in U of I sustainability through volunteerism, educational events, and leadership opportunities.

U of I Student Sustainability Cooperative

Physical Address:
Idaho Student Union Building Room 302
Moscow Campus

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2535
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2535

Phone: 208-885-4106


Web: Student Sustainability Cooperative