Sustainability

Food & Water

  • Try to take shorter showers. Do the math: if a shower uses 2 gallons of water a minute, and you take a shower every day, making each shower one minute shorter will save about 60 gallons of water a month. You’ll also conserve energy, since you’ll be using less hot water.
  • Report any leaks, dripping faucets, or toilets that don’t stop filling to your custodian or landlord.
  • Wash clothes only when you have a full load and save up to 600 gallons of water each month.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Eat less beef and pork. Poultry takes much less water and energy to produce than beef and pork, and vegetarian sources of protein take even less than poultry.
  • Replace dishwashers and washing machines that no longer work with water-efficient models. Such models also save energy by using less water.
  • Choose fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “best choice” list.
  • Shop at farmers’ markets to support regional agriculture.
  • Make an effort to eat within the season. That means striving to eat food grown close to home: strawberries in June, but parsnips in March.
  • Eat more whole foods and fewer processed foods.
  • Support nutrition education and food awareness programs in schools.