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What You Can Do

Creating a sustainable environment at Widener goes well beyond increasing our recycling efforts. Here are things you can do to conserve resources like electricity, fuel, and water.


  • Unplug energy draining equipment, like coffee pots and laptop chargers, when not in use.
  • Do not leave devices that require charging, such as cell phones and mp3 players, hooked up to chargers for longer than necessary.
  • Use rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs. These are more cost effective than throwaway batteries
  • Replace desk and lamp light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). CFL bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer.
  • In areas that have more than adequate lighting (i.e. corridors or near windows), turn off every other light and/or remove unnecessary bulbs.
  • Turn off lights when leaving the room.


  • Report or fix leaky faucets.
  • Don't let water run while washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Keep water turned off until it's time to rinse.
  • Don't flush unnecessary things down the toilet to dispose of them. Throw away tissues in the garbage can, which doesn't require gallons of water.
  • Use the least amount of detergent possible when washing dishes by hand in order to minimize the volume of water needed for rinsing.
  • Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator so you have a ready supply of cold water instead of running the tap until water gets cold.


  • Put your computer into ''sleep mode'' by enabling power saving features. Your monitor and hard drive will go into a low power mode when not actively in use. Screen savers DO NOT save energy but giving your computer a nap does.
  • Turn OFF your monitor when you are not using it.
  • Set your screen to automatically turn off after 5 or 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • Turn down the brightness of your screen to prolong the life expectancy of your monitor and save energy.
  • Turn off your computer during the evening and on weekends.


  • Print only when necessary
  • Try to print using both sides of the paper.
  • Make your ink last longer by changing your computer's printer settings to "fast-draft" or "black ink" only, and save on the cost of your printing ink consumables.
  • Turn off printers and photocopiers in the evening and on weekends.


  • Choose energy efficient vehicles.
  • Bike or walk when possible.
  • Carpool or take public transportation.
  • Plan errands and trips for efficient routing.