What You Can Do
Daily lifestyle changes may be the most challenging to implement. Whether positive or negative, it can take up to 3 months for a habit to form, so making shifts in your lifestyle towards more sustainable behavior is a journey that will involve both failures and successes. However, with time and energy, you will find that you can realize the changes in your lifestyle you would like to see, and promote more environmentally ethical behavior in your daily life. If you are interested in measuring your current impact on the environment, take our environmental footprint quiz!
Truman State offers the following services to students:
- Plastic, paper, and aluminum recycling bins around campus buildings and in the dorms.
- Glass recycling is available in large bins South of the baseball fields on La Harpe or in the Office of Sustainability in Violette 1310.
- Battery recycling is offered at residence hall desks or the Office of Sustainability.
- Compost can be taken to the compost bins at the Communiversity Garden by West Campus Suites, or to the Green Thumb Garden compost pile at 2010 E. Normal behind the maintenance sheds.
Tips for living more sustainably on campus:
- Turn off all lights when they aren’t in use. Study in common areas such as lounges or the library where the lights are already on to save electricity.
- Be moderate with adjusting the temperature in your room. It makes a huge difference!
- Take short showers. This saves water and the electricity used to heat water.
- Eat vegetarian/vegan in the dining halls. Meat is one of the top sources of natural resource use in the U.S.
- Print in MO Hall. The printers use recycled paper.
- Bring your own mug if you are getting coffee in a C-Store, or bring your own bag anywhere you shop.
- If you need to go off-campus, bike, walk, or carpool to save fossil fuels!
Services available for students off-campus:
- Curbside glass recycling bins can be purchased at City Hall for $4. The weekly pick up is free.
- Sign up for weekly compost pick up by emailing Rot Riders at firstname.lastname@example.org. This service is also free.
- Stop by the Kirksville Farmer’s Market May-October and support local sustainable food systems!
Tips for living more sustainably off-campus:
- Conserving water, light, heating and cooling, and electricity will save resources and money.
- Weatherize your windows during the wintertime.
- Always wash clothes in cold water.
- Grow a garden to have free, sustainable, and healthy food.
- Limit consumption of animal products and buy local as much as possible.
- Use a handkerchief instead of Kleenex or toilet paper to blow your nose.
- Bring your own water bottle or coffee mug, shopping bags, or to-go containers.
- Biking to campus rather than driving will save money and provide built-in exercise.
Local Food Resources
While living in Kirksville, many Truman students decide to buy produce from local farmers in order to help stimulate the local economy and reduce their ecological footprint. The follow list is a comprehensive directory of the local farmers many Truman students choose to purchase produce from during the weekly Kiwanis Farmer’s Market. Some students even contact the farmers directly so they may continue to get produce during the wintertime. If you are interested in being in contact with local farmers in order to buy produce directly from them, we recommend you first connect with them at the Kiwanis Farmer’s Market.
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