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Minimize Your Carbon Footprint

You Have the Power to Reduce our Carbon Footprint!

We are committed to reducing our energy use and minimizing our campus carbon footprint, but we can't do it alone. We need students to do their part by reducing energy and water consumption. This is your chance to show leadership at Nazareth and do something good for our planet. You have the power.

Top Ten Ways Students Can Reduce Energy Consumption:

10. Lighting.

Turn it off! An over-lit dorm room creates an annoying glare on computer screens and your roommate. Use compact fluorescent desk lighting as needed.

9. Leaky faucets, dripping showers, or running toilets.

If you have them, pick up the phone and give us a call. A leak the size of 1/16 inch can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water per month!

8. Showers.

Get in, get out. An extra two minutes in the shower wastes over 5 gallons of water.

7. Laundry.

Try washing your clothes in cold water. Save up to 80% of energy per load by washing in cold. Clean the dryer lint filter before every load. Your clothes will dry faster and might save you from having to run the dryer cycle twice for your big loads.

6. Curtains.

Close them during the night, weekends away, and school breaks.

5. Temperature.

You have the power to save energy by simply controlling the temperature in your room. Use a fan to cool off, rather than cranking up the A/C. In the winter, wear a sweater and turn the heat down. Make sure the heat vents in your room are not blocked.

4. Electronics.

Pull the plug on unused electronics. They use energy when they are unused or blinking (12:00 12:00 12:00!). Unplug your chargers and unused electronics. Turn off your computer and printer when you are at class or sleeping.


Purchase ENERGY STAR labeled refrigerators, computers, printers and electronics. The ENERGY STAR label will be on the box.

2. Computers.

Enable the sleep mode on your computer and save up to 70% of the energy use! Turn off energy-wasting screen savers. Email your papers to your teachers. Print documents only when you believe it is worth the natural resources.

And the number one way students can help...

1. Follow your mother's advice!

"Turn off the lights. Close the curtains. Close the refrigerator door. Do you think that we own the power company?! Turn off the TV and do your homework!"

Please call the facilities department at 585-389-2354 or email us at to report maintenance issues, temperature problems, dripping faucets, or any other energy-wasting issues. Thank you for working to reduce the carbon footprint of our campus!

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