It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins
with a single step. Here are some simple steps that you can take to help the
earth. Remember that the earth is something we all share, and it’s up to
everyone to preserve it for ourselves and generations to come.
Instead of driving alone in your car, find another way to
get from point A to point B. Walk, ride a bike, carpool with a friend, or use
public transportation, such as the DART system in the Dallas
area. Riding DART is now free for all UTD students, faculty, and staff. Get your free pass at the Info Depot in the Student Union.
Use energy saving appliances in your home, such as those
marked with the Energy Star logo. Small amounts like a 75-watt lightbulb
instead of a 100-watt one add up and save you money on your electric bill.
Buy organic. Buy products that are labeled “Certified
Organic” or “USDA Organic”. These products conform to standards that allow only
natural ingredients and forbid the use of chemical pesticides, preservatives,
Recycle. Instead of throwing away things made of plastic,
aluminum, paper, cardboard, or glass, recycle them. Recycling is typically
quite easy for residents in the north Dallas/Richardson area. Most cities offer
simple, convenient, curbside pickup of recyclables. Check with your city to see
what you can do to recycle.
Reuse. Try to think of new uses for old things rather than
throwing them away. You might make a sculpture for an art project or build a
coffee table out of old lumber. This can save a lot of money and be a great use
of your creativity!
Spread the word. Tell others how they can save the earth.
Join a green organization like SEA. Register to vote and vote for politicians
who care about the environment. Write your congressional representative to show
how you care about the living world. Everyone has a voice, so use yours for
This website is published by Students for Environmental
Awareness, a registered student organization. It is not an official publication
of The University of Texas at Dallas
and does not represent the view of the university or its officers.