Here at Drake, we have a strange outlook on environmental issues. We have compost bins at Quad, but since nobody uses them correctly, Sodexo has to put the compost bags into the trash.
Every dorm has a recycling bin provided, but the amount of people that I know who just use it as a regular trash can is astronomical. Just in the last two days, I’ve picked up about a trash can full of litter that was within 20 feet of a trash can.
So how do we fix this and become more of an environmentally friendly campus?
Well, there are simple solutions to those examples above. I should hope you can infer them.
But that’s not enough. We have the opportunity to cut back on severe cases of pollution and waste, and here’s what we can do.
First, if you have a car on campus and you have a bike/skateboard/any form of non-gasoline vehicle that can transport you a short distance, use it rather than the car.
I work at Mars Café and you can bet that I bike there every chance I get, regardless of the forecast. You don’t have to take your car to go to Walgreens. Walmart is close, but not close enough to bike, so take the bus.
It will run regardless if you’re on it or not, so you might as well save the gas money and the exhaust fumes and hop on, especially since your ID gets you a free ride on the Dart Bus at all times.
Use those reusable water bottles that you keep getting and not using.
Drake has given me at least three free water bottles and you can easily get one for like five bucks at Walgreens.
We have those nice water bottle fillers on most of our water fountains, and this way you’re not wasting all that plastic that is harmful to the environment and potentially even you.
Cut down that shower time and save some water. Yes, it’s nice to have an escape for a while and just soak in the hot water, but that’s not only bad for the Earth, but it can be bad for you too.
Speaking as somebody with severely dry skin, taking long showers turns my skin into parchment. All of the necessary moisture and oils get stripped from your skin the longer you stay in there.
And as for the Earth, it’s not just wasting water, it’s wasting energy as well. It takes energy to heat the water and filter it back into the system.
Even though we live in Iowa where we have a prominent community of windmills that generate clean energy, we are still get 40.11 percent of our energy from coal, according to the Iowa Utilities Board.
Speaking of energy, turn off your lights when you leave the room and when you’re on your laptop watching Netflix.
Basically any time you don’t need the lights on, turn them off. Even if you aren’t paying for the bill, you’re paying for the side effects on the Earth.
Sorry to get all preachy on you guys, I’m just very passionate about this stuff.
So learn how to compost. There are posters by each compost bin. Start recycling and just throw away your trash. I’m sick of picking it up for you.