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What Can I Do?

Friday, Jun. 18, 2010

Now that you’re out of college, you’ll find that many habits that are good for the earth are also good for your wallet. Here are some simple changes you can make as you move on to a new job, apartment and city that will help you live eco-friendly after graduation. 

Reduce emissions by carpooling or biking to work. If you’re living in a city, take public transportation and/or sign up for car-sharing programs like Zipcar.

Reuse your furniture, appliances, and other household items you had in college. If you’re moving in with another recent graduate, see what you already have so you don’t have to buy new furnishings. Used furniture and appliances are cheap and often eco-friendly options. Visit to find a yard sale in your area, or search for goods online at Craigslist or

Remember to recycle! Go to your new city's website to learn about their municipal recycling program and to see what they do and do not accept.

Respect the environment and society by looking for an employer who practices good business ethics. For information on how to find out how responsible a potential employer is, check out the Graduation Pledge website.

Compiled by Hannah Slocum, '11, Sustainability Intern.

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