Do-It-Yourself Green

You can read a lot of information about how to be green, but sometimes you just have to actually get up and do it. Check out some of these links to see what you can do to actually be green on a daily basis.

Videos:
How to Go Green on Campus
Going Green in the Residence Halls
Going Green 101
10 Ways to Make Your School a Green Campus
Ways to Go Green on Campus
Green Campus
Green Campus Example
Tips For Going Green at College

Simple Steps Go Far

  • Pick up one piece of trash a day
  • Walk the extra 15 feet or less to recycle It
  • Have a refillable water/coffee canteen ñ water from drinking fountains is cold and clean.
  • Use CTS lead sheets as scrap paper
  • Automatically print duplex. Most teachers will accept papers printed on both sides.
  • Don't throw cigarette butts on the ground

Green in Oswego
While you're attending school at SUNY Oswego, you spend a lot of time in the community, moreso when you're living off campus. There are ways you can make green everyday lifestyle choices while being in the city or town of Oswego.  

The options to buy local and organic in the Oswego area are more numerous than many people think. There are a couple of organic food stores and farms where you can order your food, and there's always the local over organic option too (organic means pesticide-free; local is not necessarily pesticide free, but it doesn't contribute to high transportation carbon emissions).

Grindstone Farms is a local community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Pulaski that offers organic produce. You can order from their website or via phone and get fresh vegetables, chicken and eggs delivered straight to your house. As usual, organic costs a little more than the generic versions of food, but the health and environmental benefits outweigh the slight difference in cost. Check out their website for more information.

Price Chopper also offers cheaper organic food alternatives. They do come from farther away sometimes, so you have to take into account the carbon emissions from transportation versus the environmental benefits of no pesticide use.

Mustard Seed in Midtown Plaza (E. Bridge and First streets) features a lot of healthy items for purchase. The staff is more than willing to show you around the store and help you figure out what you want to buy, if you have never been there before. The prices range higher here, but you can get a lot of items that are hard to find in Price Chopper and Grindstone.

Another local option is Ontario Orchards, which is a farmers market of sorts in addition to its orchard. While you need a car to get here, you can also bike (it's a couple of miles away from campus) or find someone or a bus who may be heading this direction. Ontario Orchards sells apple cider to the dining halls during the fall months, so you can always get it then, but you can also get fresh produce year-round. Check it out!

Look at all of your options and think about what you're going to buy before you do. Be a conscious consumer!