Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

What You Can Do

  • 1. Be Green at C-Street! 

    • Don't take a tray if you don't need it. This will cut down on washing needless dishes. 
    • Compost your food so that large amounts of scraps don't end up down the garbage disposal and into the Puget Sound!

    2. Use a refillable water bottle!

    3. Eat less meat and dairy.

    • A quarter pounder is worth more than 30 average American showers! If you do eat meat, choose grass-fed rather than grain-fed, because it takes a lot of water to grow corn and feed crops.
    • There are also water costs embedded in transportation of food. Buy local instead!

    4. Buy less stuff. 

    • It takes 100 gallons of water to grow and process one pound of cotton, and the average American goes through about 35 pounds of new cotton material each year. 
    • Recycling a pound of paper saves about 3.5 gallons of water. 
    • Buy recycled goods! Go ‘pop some tags’ at your local thrift shop!

    5. Be laundry-smart! 

    • Match the water level to the size of the load.  
    • Using the warm or cold settings will help your clothes retain color! 

    6. Take shorter showers. 

    • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons a month! 
    • Take a shower instead of a bath. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water!

    7. Washing dishes

    • When washing by hand, don’t let the water run.
    • Upgrade to an Energy Star dishwasher! These dishwashers use less water than washing by hand, so cut back on rinsing! 
    • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run.

    8. Green your backyard

    • Plant species native to your region. 
    • Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard. 
    • Using mulch and allowing leaf litter to accumulate on the soil will keep it cooler and reduce evaporation.

    9. Upgrade fixtures and appliances

    • Install a low-flow showerhead to save about 2 gallons per minute. 
    • Replace older toilets with new, higher-efficiency toilets to save up to 5 gallons per flush. 
    • Invest in a new dishwasher and washing machine. 

    10. Insulate your water pipes. 

    • Insulate with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster, plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

    11. Fix leaky faucets!

    • They're not just annoying - a leaky faucet can waste as much as 2,192 gallons of water a year!
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