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1 How to save the world (and money!)
Presented by the Students for a Greener Berkeley The week of April 18-22, 2005 is Earth Week. Saving the environment means saving resources, and saving resources means saving money for you (and the university). So everyone wins when it comes to being more environmentally friendly.

2 What You Can Do, Part I: Reduce
Paper: Don't print unnecessarily. Use less napkins in the DC. Ditto for paper towel usage. Use “duplex” (two-sided) printing, if possible. Use “multi-up” printing... Try to read more on the computer screen. One or two napkins will suffice for any sort of normal meal – no need for a whole clump! Two sided printing depends on the printer type, but many of the printers on campus are set up to do it. Multi-up printing can be done on almost any printer, it is just dependent on the software.

3 Multi-Up Printing A print screen (your software might be slightly different).

4 Multi-Up Printing Click on properties.

5 Multi-Up Printing Here I’ve chosen four pages per sheet. This will reduce (i) the weight of my bookbag, (ii) the thickness of my notebooks, (iii) the amount of paper I buy, and (iv) the amount of trees killed, all by a factor of four. People sometimes complain that the print on the page might be too small to read. This may be true with four pages per sheet, but note you can also use two pages per sheet (and for those with laser vision and a deep love for the environment, why not go for 16 pages per sheet?).

6 What You Can Do, Part I: Reduce
Food: Sample, then pig out. Take only the utensils you need. Conserve your shopping bag usage. Water: Fix all leaking faucets. Take faster showers – more time to study for this class! Don’t just take gobs of anything you think you might possibly like in the DC. Try things first, then come back for the things you like. Less food wasted means less food bought means higher quality food bought. People usually take all the utensils when the enter the DC, and then only use a few of them. Why not get your food first, then get the utensils that will be necessary? Grocery stores around here give $0.05 off for every bag you bring in! Buy a canvas bag to bring to the grocery store, or at least reuse your old bags.

7 Per Capita Water Usage 168 Gallons Per Day!
Try to think of each category, and how you can reduce your water consumption for each one.

8 Per Capita Water Usage 168 Gallons Per Day!
As for the number one domestic use of water in the US – toilet flushing – I say: “if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Just a suggestion. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.

9 What You Can Do, Part I: Reduce
Electricity: Turn off the light after you leave a room. This is true for dorms, campus buildings, etc.! Power down during vacation Use high-compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent... You are allowed, even encouraged, to turn off the light after you are leaving a dorm bathroom, lounge, classroom, etc. (assuming it’s empty). When you go away on vacation, unplug your refrigerator (make sure you defrost it first), your clock, etc. Compact fluorescent bulbs rock.

10 Compact Fluorescent vs. Incandescent
Cost Comparison Chart 27 Watt Compact Fluorescent 100 Watt Incandescent Cost of Lamps $14.00 $0.50 Lamp Life days (4.5 years) 167 days Annual Energy Cost $5.91 $21.90 Lamps Replaced in 4.5 years 10 Total Cost $40.60 $103.55 Savings Over Lamp Life $62.95 $0 While Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) may cost more, over the life of the bulb it saves you loads. 62 bucks per bulb! That number is a national estimate. California electricity prices are even higher, and so the amount you save is even more.

11 What You Can Do, Part I: Reduce
Gasoline and Natural Gas ($$$) Invest in blankets, close windows, turn off the heat. Carpool. Use public transport. Buy a motorcycle (easy parking). Buy a bicycle. Nowadays, conserving gasoline is one of the best ways to help out your checkbook. Beyond that, think of the political and environmental repercussions of sipping, instead of guzzling, black gold. If you are going to get a bicycle or motorcycle, make sure you get a good wheel lock for it.

12 What You Can Do, Part II: Reuse
The Re-Use Program: Below Eshlemen Hall Used Reader/Notebook Drive Salvaged Paper Notebooks Salvaged Paper Collection A whole bunch of used stuff: telephones, etc. Their limiting resource is volunteers. Why buy readers at the beginning of the semester when you can have reused ones for free? They’re looking for donations, too, so don’t just toss you reader in the trash, like I know you want to do oh so badly. Pass along your pain! Why pay for a notebook when you can get one for free? They also want your used cereal boxes. Those one-sided paper trays in the microcomputing facilities? Yup, that’s them.

13 What You Can Do, Part III: Recycle
Don’t throw anything away. Aluminium is the most important to recycle: Americans throw away enough aluminium every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. It takes 20 times more energy to make a can from virgin ore than from recycled aluminum. Berkeley is choc full of recycling bins. There is no excuse to throw anything (besides trash) into the trash bin.

14 What You Can Do, Part IV: Join an on Campus Group
Students for a Greener Berkeley – Focusing on paper purchasing on campus. The Environmental Coalition – Green Campus GSPP - Environmental Policy Group Re-Use - Thanks for your attention! Students for a Greener Berkeley – a new group on campus, focusing (but not limited to) paper purchasing. UCB is lame compared to even Davis for the amount of recycled paper we use. website has a list of all other UCB environmental organizations. GSPP is a graduate student environmental policy group. Re-Use is super cool. Again, their limiting resource is volunteers. ‘em!

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