Students & Sustainability

Share magazines and books. Use natural, outdoor lighting instead of electrical lighting whenever you can. Turn off unnecessary electrical devices when you leave your room. Enable your computer to go into 'sleep mode.' Do not leave your computer running all night. Reuse, reuse, reuse! Whenever you can, use washable utensils and dishwater. Unplug your electrical appliances when you’re finished charging them.

 

The Student body at the University of Southern Mississippi is the lifeblood of Southern Sustainability. Learn about how you can get involved and be a part of our mission:

  • EcoEagle Representatives: An informal, peer-to-peer knowledge community charged with educating, motivating and inspiring members of the campus community. Apply.
  • EcoEagle Bikes: Free to students, pending availability. Apply

Interested in living sustainably? Here are some helpful tips and tricks you can use to take the strain off the environment:

 

In the residence hall:

  • Turn off unnecessary electrical devices when you leave your room for an extended period of time.
  • Reuse, reuse, reuse! Whenever you can, use washable utensils and dishware; share magazines and books; use the same water bottle more than once.
  • Buy a water filter instead of cases of bottled water.
  • Conserve shower and faucet water.
  • Report leaky faucets and showerheads.

 

In the dining hall:

  • Limit your use of paper napkins. 
  • Only take as much as you can eat.  
  • Dispose of waste in the correct container. 

 

In the classroom:

  • Take notes on a computer instead of using notebooks. 
  • Use both sides of the paper when printing assignments. 
  • Take notes on both side of the paper. 
  • Use recycled paper. 

 

Getting around:

  • Organize carpools to lessen carbon emissions, and save gas money and parking spaces.
  • Keep your car tires inflated at all times so your car can run more on less gas.
  • Ride a bike (click here for EcoEagle bike information) or walk whenever you can.