Make Your Personal Sustainability Pledge 2011-2012

Environmental and cultural sustainability has been identified as one of the four hallmarks of the Hollins University strategic plan.  As part of this plan, Hollins has set an annual target of a 3% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the next five years with a goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.   In order for us to realize our goals, we need the active participation of the entire Hollins community to pitch in, turn off, conserve, and re-evaluate our daily habits as they relate to building a sustainable community.

We invite you to pledge your efforts to address energy, sustainable food, water conservation, commuting, recycling, and other sustainability issues while at Hollins and at home.

Please select three items from the list below that you will commit to doing.  Please also let us know what you are already doing. You can renew your commitment each semester by updating your pledge.

Energy

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I do this

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  I will turn off the lights when I leave any unoccupied room

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will replace my incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  When I work or study late, I will only use the lighting I need to illuminate work areas.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  When possible, I will take the stairs instead of using the elevator.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will unplug power adapters, chargers, and appliances (coffee makers, TVs, stereos) when not in use. 

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will use cold or warm water only when washing my clothes.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  If I work in a research building, I will lower the sash on my fume hood when not in use.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will follow university temperature guidelines for heating and cooling  and turn down the heat/AC when I plan to be out for an extended period of time.

Did you know?
Sustainable Food

I will do this

I do this

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  I will reduce my food waste in the dining hall.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will buy local, seasonal products when available.  

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will use real dishes instead of disposable when available.

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I will do this

I do this

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  Once a week I will consciously choose sustainably-produced foods when shopping or choosing a restaurant.

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Water Conservation

I will do this

I do this

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  I will turn off the water when brushing my teeth, washing my hands, etc.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will take shorter showers.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will only wash full loads of laundry and use front-loading washing machines whenever possible.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will report leaks and dripping faucets.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will drink tap water instead of bottled water whenever possible. 

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Transportation

I will do this

I do this

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  I will look for opportunities to share the ride when possible.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will make efforts to walk/bike rather than drive from the apartments and to get around campus. .

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will reduce travel where possible by using conference calls or scheduling meetings back-to-back.

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Recycling and Re-use

I will do this

I do this

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  I will reduce my paper use through double siding my copies and print jobs.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will avoid printing emails.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will use reusable bags when shopping.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will recycle all recyclable materials.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will bring my own reusable bags whenever I shop.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will carry a reusable coffee mug or water bottle instead of buying disposable cups/bottles.

Did you know?

I will do this

I do this

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  I will remove myself from junk mail and catalog lists.

Did you know?
Other

I will do this

I do this

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  I will invite 3 friends to take this pledge. Identify friends, colleagues or acquaintances that you think would follow your lead and commit to three actions to help Hollins become a more sustainable place. Click here to send a pre-populated email that will be sent directly to your contacts:

I will do this

I do this

N/A
  I will participate in Earth Day, or another sustainable activity on campus this year.
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Much of the information in this document was gleaned from sustainability pledges at  Emory University (http://sustainability.emory.edu/) and The Jewish Theological Seminary (http://www.jtsa.edu/prebuilt/sustain/index.html)