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Dear USI Students,

as we are a big family, we wanted to give you ten tips on how to reduce your footprint.

  1. Join a Sustainable Student Organization or in our case just create a sustainable student organization (for serious considerations: please contact SINC).
  2. Study Sustainability: just attend a sustainable course or if you have any ideas of sustainable projects -> Let us know!!
  3. Conserve Electricity: If you happen to take a break of Facebook or Twitter, just shut down your laptop or if you live in a dorm, make sure to use LED lights.
  4. Reusable water bottles: One of our biggest enemies: PLASTIC. There are so many reasons, why you should not use plastic bottles anymore. There are only benefits at using reusable water bottles. Besides Mother Nature will be grateful for that.
  5. Second Hand Shops: Don´t be shy to enter in a Second Hand Shop, we are sure you will find something interesting. Macklemore has even wrote a song about Second Hand Shops
  6. Textbooks: Please don´t start a bonfire with your Textbooks, you can sell them to other students and earn some money.
  7. Remain Digital: If you really don´t like books, there is an option: Digital Textbooks. Of course there is also a benefit: Reduction of paper.
  8. Ditch the Car: At the main entrance of the University there are rental bikes, but if you happen to live far away, just take the bus or create a carpool.
  9. Buy Locally: We have to support local restaurants, farms etc
  10. Swap Party: Meet up for Swap Parties, just share clothes, DVD´s, books you don´t need.

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