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How You Can Help

Sustainability and You

Knox students maintain a Community Garden.We are all responsible for our carbon footprint, and there are many steps you can take every day to make your life and work more environmentally friendly, in the classroom, in your dorms, and in your community.




In Your Dorm

  • Students use the sun to light their room.Shut lights off when you leave a room.
  • Plug your electronics and appliances into a power strip, then you can shut all of them off at the strip so they aren't using electricity by being plugged in.
  • Turn off your computer when it is not in use.
  • If it's a sunny day, open your blinds and windows and get your light from the sun.
  • If your mini fridge is empty, stuff a sweatshirt inside to cut down on energy costs.
  • Hang your clothes on a small drying rack after you wash them instead of putting them in a clothes dryer, which are among the biggest energy consumers.
  • Knock off a couple minutes from your shower time (use a timer to remind yourself.)
  • Use task lighting instead of brightly lighting an entire room.
  • Turn off running water while brushing teeth, washing dishes, and shaving.
  • Take advantage of the Knox Recycling Program by putting your recyclables outside your
    building on Thursday mornings.


On Campus

  • Keep all doors and windows closed when the air-conditioning is on.
  • Walk or ride your bike across campus instead of driving your car.
  • Many Knox students use bicycles for transportation.If you don't have a bike, borrow one from the Bike Shed at the Eco House.
  • Tote around a container of filtered tap water instead of buying bottled water.
  • You don't have to become a vegetarian, but reducing your meat consumption can seriously decrease your carbon footprint. Try to eat vegetarian at least one meal a day!
  • Set the washing machine to use cold water instead of hot, and only wash your clothes when you have a full load.
  • Join other Knox students working in the Knox Community Garden.
  • Avoid printing documents that easily can be read and filed electronically.
  • If you're the last one to leave the classroom, shut off the lights.
  • Instead of adding to the landfill, drop off unwanted clothing at the Freestore.
  • When printing PDF's or other materials for class in one of the computer labs, use the "multiple pages per sheet" option. Chances are there is a lot of white space not being used on every reserve or reading you print off.
  • Don't throw away one-sided printed documents. Place them in the boxes in the computer labs for the Recycle printer.
  • If you have ideas to make the campus more sustainable and need some funds for the project, you can apply to the Student Senate Sustainability Committee for a grant from the Student Sustainability Fund.


In the Community
Knox canvas bag

  • Take a re-usable canvas bag to the Outpost or grocery store. Don't use the paper or plastic sacks.
  • When shopping, check the label and buy clothing that does not require dry cleaning. Natural fibers are also easier to care for at home.
  • Instead of taking several cars to the restaurant or shopping mall, carpool with your friends.
  • On Saturday mornings buy fresh, locally grown foods at the Farmer's Market on Simmons St. across from The Kensington.
  • Instead of buying new books, head to the Galesburg Public Library, Knox students are eligible to receive a library card for free!
  • Hop a ride on the Galesburg Transit City Bus, which operates four fixed routes including one that stops at Knox.
  • For entertainment, visit one of the many parks in Galesburg.

Get in Touch

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni can direct questions, comments, and suggestions about campus sustainability to the Sustainability Task Force at sustainability-list-user@knox.edu.