Living Green Tips

Here are some tips to help you stay sustainable every day!

At Agnes Scott

o Get involved with sustainability efforts on campus!

o Use the stairs; you can save energy and get a workout!

o Drink tap water, not bottled. Carry and use a reusable mug, cup or bottle. 

o Unplug electronics and turn off the lights when you're not in your room/office. 

o Eat less red meat; it takes 1,857 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. 

o Try to use reusable utensils, instead of plastic ones from Mollie's and Evans Dining Hall. 

At Home

o Use cold water instead of hot to wash clothes; this can save up to 80% of the energy needed to wash clothes. 

o Wrap your water heater with insulation to keep as many as 1,000 pounds of CO2 a year out of the atmosphere.

o Use vinegar for household chores instead of chemical products. Examples include: as an air freshener, as a coffee machine cleaner, to clean a washing machine, and as a surface cleaner. 

o Use an aerator on your faucet to reduce water usage when washing dishes or hands. 

o Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. 

At School/Work

o Turn off your computer at night. You can save $90 worth of electricity a year by turning your computer off every night. It also reduces wear and tear on the hardware. 

o Carpool, take the train/bus, bike, or walk! Cars count for 35% of carbon emissions, and the average American spends 72 minutes a day in the car. 

o Take a reusable mug or bottle to reduce paper/Styrofoam cup usage. 

o Replace burnt-out light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones, like CFLs and LED lights. 

o Print on both sides of the paper. In the US, each person uses about 27 pounds of paper per year. 


o Bring your own bags to stores and try to stop using plastic bags; currently, 1 million plastic bags are used every minute!

o Buy less stuff; reuse, repurpose, and upcycle instead of buying all new items. 

o Don't let your car idle for more than 30 seconds; if you know you'll be stopped for more than 30 seconds, you'll save more energy by turning off your can than it takes to turn it back on. You'll also be polluting less, saving gas, and putting less wear on your car. 

EWG's 2013 Shopper's Guide

The Environmental Working Group publishes a Shopper's Guide each year to describe the cleanest and dirtiest produce items, in terms of pesticide prominence. The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen are great references while grocery shopping. ewg-guide