This questionnaire will help the CMU Green Practices Team (and you!) determine how aware students are of green issues, and hopefully inspire more students to live green in their everyday lives. Please complete to the best of your ability.
What is your major?

What is your grade level?

Waste reduction not only reduces the amount of trash sent to landfills, but also has the following benefits:  
1. Manufacturing goods from recycled materials typically saves energy
2. Diversion from incinerators and landfills decreases greenhouse gas emissions
3. Allows more trees to sequester carbon by saving paper

Remember to (in order of preference):

Do you use a refillable water bottle?

How often do you recycle paper products?

How often do you print out readings and assignments?

How often do you print double-sided ?

How often do you use reusable bags?

Bring your bag to the grocery store to avoid geting multiple plastic bags. You can buy reusable bags from any dollar store. Some stores also sell them with their logo on them as in the photo below.

How often do you recycle cans and bottles ?

Do you know where to recycle unconventional items (batteries, ink cartridges, electronics)?

How often do utilize the Green Room in the University Center ?

If you don't know what this is, it's ok! Answer to the best of your ability.
The UC proudly hosts a recycling center in the Green Room on the bottom floor across from McConomy. This can handle all of those unconventional materials mentioned previously. If you have any questions you can check Environment@CMU's webpage for detailed information on what you can recycle where:

Make sure you go check it out!
Whether you are living in a residence hall or an apartment, you are paying your electricity bill. It may not show up on your account as a line item, but it is factored into your total cost.

Also, energy use takes up resources. Find out where your building gets its energy from (fossil fuels? solar? wind?). Depending on the source your energy use can contribute to air pollution and climate change. Even so, conservation is always the best bet.

Do you turn off all lights when you leave a room?

Always turn off the light when you’re leaving a room for more than 5 minutes!

When the heat or AC is on, do you keep the windows closed?

Keeping your windows closed saves energy by limiting the work your AC/heater needs to do. Turn them off if you want some fresh air!

Do you use a personal heater or fan?

It's always best to save energy by using the AC/heater systems already implemented in your room. Introducing additional electrical loads for the same purpose wastes energy. If you are hot or cold, add/subtract your clothes!

Do you unplug devices when you’re done using them?

Practice unplugging your devices when not in use, or invest in a smart plug!

Do you choose stairs over the elevator when available?

Do you turn off the water while you brush your teeth?

Pittsburgh may not be known to have water conservation problems right now, but you should still practice to save water use as well.

Conventional vehicles run on gasoline, natural gas, or electricity. Either way they use up resources and spend energy. Utilitizing other modes of transportation such as walking, biking, or even ridesharing (public transit, carpool, etc.) can reduce these effects.

How often do you walk or bike to places instead of driving?

How often do you use public transportation?

How often do you carpool to places when possible?

Dining is a large contributor to food waste. Everyone on campus (hopefully) eats everyday. Think about how much you contribute to the waste stream and how to decrease that.

How often do you get a drink in a disposable container when you purchase a meal on-campus?

How often do you compost food waste when available?

Confused about what you can and can't compost? You can compost any food waste and other biodegradable items. Most departments have bins with directions. Check out Environment@CMU's website for more info:

How often do you eat meat or any other animal products (dairy, eggs)?

Seem like a strange question? Increased consumption of animal products actually contributes to climate change, biodiversity loss, and water stress and pollution.

Now that we've gone over all of the different "green" categories, we want to know what you are doing to learn more or to contribute to the learning of others.

If you're not doing anything yet, that's okay! Hopefully we can introduce some ideas for you to get involved.

Are you a part of Sustainable Earth?

Have you “liked” Sustainable Earth on Facebook?

Never heard of Sustainable Earth? They are a student organization dedicated to promoting sustainability at CMU. Like their Facebook page here to stay updated on their events!

Have you attended a sustainability-related event in the past 6 months?

Do you intend on taking any sustainability-related courses?

Sustainbility also includes continuous improvement. Leave a comment or suggestion about our survey or other issues we didn't touch upon. We appreciate your help!

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