How Can I Live Sustainably at Lawrence?

Lawrence's environmental impact is affected by choices in energy and water consumption, waste disposal, transportation, food, etc. Please consider these green living tips to help Lawrence strengthen its commitment to sustainability.



  • Turn off and unplug appliances when not being used (hair dryers, coffee makers, chargers).
  • Turn off the lights when you are the last person leaving the room (don't forget bathrooms and lounges!).
  • Wash clothes in cold water. Most energy used by washing machines goes into heating the water.
  • Use LED light bulbs in lamps.
  • Share a fridge with your roommate, or use the common fridge in the kitchen to save electricity.


  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hands.
  • Use a reusable water bottle, this will also cut back on single-use plastic and save money!
  • Challenge yourself to take shorter showers. Use a timer to test yourself!
Fact: you can save around 200 gallons of water per month by turning off the water while brushing your teeth.


  • Bring your own mug to the cafe for coffee and other beverages. You can even get a discount!
  • Use reusable shopping bags. Single-use plastic shopping bags cannot be recycled.
  • Make sure recyclables end up in the recycling bin. Recyclables that are put in the trash end up in the landfill. See the Recycling Guide for recycling tips.
Fact: Pizza boxes with grease residue cannot be recycled. If there is no grease on the lid, rip it off to be recycled and throw the bottom on the trash!
  • Bring trash and recycling from your room to the proper disposal areas for your building (trash room or outdoor dumpsters).
  • Personal compost can be collected and brought to SLUG.
Fact: There are no trays in Andrew Commons to prevent food waste by taking too much in one trip.


  • Purchase food from SLUG during harvest seasons
  • Try out a sustainable diet. Over 25% of the food in Andrew Commons is sourced within 150 miles of Appleton
Fact: All pre-consumer kitchen waste is diverted to SLUG to be composted. That's over 900 pounds per week!


  • Use public transportation to get around downtown or run errands
  • Carpool or use one of the enterprise rental cars available to students for specific trips. See the Info Desk for more details.

Buildings and Grounds

  • Print on both sides of the sheet of paper
  • Keep curtains closed on warm days to keep your room cool - keep curtains open on cold days to capture natural sunlight and heat.
  • Donate unwanted clothes and furniture rather than throwing away
  • Use natural cleaning products. 1/2 cup of vinegar in a half gallon of water makes an easy cleaning solution

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