Environment: What can you do?
As an employee or student, you can also take simple measures to contribute to reducing the impact of the university on the environment.
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- Turn off the lights when you leave your room, even if it is only for fifteen minutes.
- Turn down the thermostat in your office.
- Select a good spot for your desk or work table (to ensure your workplace is properly lit).
- Put an energy-saving bulb in your desk lamp.
- Put your computer in stand-by mode if you leave your workplace, and put it in sleep mode or turn it off if you do not plan to use it for the next half-hour or more.
- Do not use a screensaver: turn off your screen if you are not using it.
- Disconnect your power supply from the power outlet if you are not using it.
- Use central facilities (for instance a multifunctional for printing, copying and scanning, coffee corners, and fridge and freezer facilities). These are less harmful to the environment.
- Make sure that devices are properly filled when you turn them on (dishwasher, autoclaves).
- Cycle to and from work; it’s also better for your health.
- Immediately report leaky faucets and toilets and defective lights to the service desk of your building.
- Use the low volume flush mode of the toilet.
- Throw away old paper and cardboard in a paper container; this saves money.
- Print and copy documents only if this is absolutely necessary.
- Write, print and copy everything double-sided.
- Use the notice board or the personnel newsletter to make announcements. Not everyone needs to receive an announcement on paper.
- Do not use any disposable products.
- Buy longer-lasting supplies.
For more information please contact Amber Hensema, environmental adviser, Ext. 3094, firstname.lastname@example.org