Green Amherst

Smart Energy Behaviors

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The real exciting part of energy conservation is you. While learning about all the ways we have been working on reducing the ecological footprint of the College, you probably see how they might apply to your life as well--and without any shift in lifestyle.

We encourage you to think about energy conservation and know you can make a difference. A few simple changes in the way we all do things will make huge impact.

Of course, we haven't thought of everything yet. We are counting on you to come up with bright ideas and tell us about them!

What You Can Do: Learn More

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Living Greener



Fun Facts

(From The Carbon Trust)

  • Switching off non-essential equipment in an office overnight saves enough energy to run a small car for 100 miles.
  • A photocopier left on overnight uses enough energy to produce over 1500 copies.
  • Leaving a PC monitor on all night wastes enough energy to microwave six dinners.
  • By using a reusable container for your daily coffee, you can keep more than 20 pounds of waste per year out of landfills.
  • Office paper consumption increased 43% between 1999 and 2002; the average employee uses 27 pounds of paper annually . . . some 200 sheets a day!Going paperless (or simply using less paper) can save trees and increase productivity.

We all know that printing e-mails is usually a waste.Consider adding this to your e-mail signature: "Eco-Tip: Printing e-mails is usually a waste. Make this tip go viral by adding it to your e-mail signature."