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Making small changes in your daily life can make a big impact.  Check out this slideshow for quick tips on going green:

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Recycling BinsRecycling helps use our natural resources more efficiently and puts less of a strain on landfills.  If you’re living off-campus, recycling helps lower your garbage costs too!

Sometimes recycling can be confusing–every city seems to have its own set of rules.  Linfield and McMinnville have comingled recycling.  This means (most) recyclables can all go in one bin.  Western Oregon Waste provides a handy guide for what can and cannot go into the recycling bin.

For those on campus, visit Linfield’s recycling page to become familiar with the guidelines.  On campus, glass can be recycled curbside–those off campus should take glass to McMinnville’s Recovery Zone (2200 NE Orchard Ave) or to a recycling center at a nearby grocery store (Roth’s is closest to campus).

Plastic Bags

In addition to glass, plastic bags cannot be recycled curbside, but many grocery stores (e.g. Roth’s) have a bin located near the front entrance for customers to drop off plastic bags.

Check out what other items can be recycled at the Recovery Zone.

It’s important to rinse and clean the items you put into the recycling bin, as well as make sure no trash is mixed in with recyclables.  By helping clean and sort recycling from trash, you will be keeping recyclables from getting contaminated and the rest of the recycling process will be more cost effective.

This old school cartoon puts an entertaining spin on recycling.  Feel like a kid again while also getting an important message!

(Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyZbw8waVwk)

When shopping at the grocery store, eating out at a restaurant, or grabbing a snack from the Catty Shack, it is important to know where the food you’re about to eat is coming from.  Food often travels hundreds or thousands of miles to get to us, and we often overlook how many resources are used in the transportation process.

Want to “go green” with your eating habits?  Start reading the labels at the grocery store to find out where food was produced.  Figure out what you can buy from local farmers.  And the topic of today, find out what is in season in your area.

While you’re at Linfield, refer to this guide to see when locally grown products are available in Oregon.  Summer is quickly approaching, which means a variety of delicious foods will be in season!  It is almost mid-May now, and this means it is the perfect time to eat:

Garden

Photo from the Linfield Garden Club

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Turnips

Are you heading home or somewhere besides Oregon for the summer?  The Natural Resources Defense Council’s very easy-to-use Eat Local Guide tells you what’s in season for every state.  Add it to your bookmarks for easy reference throughout the year!

If you’re interested in learning more about local and seasonal foods, check out Linfield’s new community garden next to Renshaw Hall.  Refer to the Garden Club website to get involved.

If you’re interested in the issues discussed so far in this blog, there are many ways to get involved on the Linfield campus.  Here they are:

1. Take a class. The Environmental Studies Department offers a variety of classes each semester.  Several other departments occasionally offer classes on environmental issues as well: Biology, Economics, EnglishPhilosophy, Sociology and Anthropology, and others.

2. Join a club. Greenfield, an environmental issues group, is open to all students and meets every Monday at 8:00 pm in the Pioneer Reading Room.  The Garden Club, also open to all students, is responsible for maintaining Linfield’s new Community Garden, located next to Renshaw Hall.  The Garden Club meets every Tuesday at 7:00 pm in Riley 210.

3. Attend an event. Student organizations like Greenfield and the Linfield Bike Co-Op put on many different events throughout the year.  Get on the mailing list or join their facebook groups (Greenfield, Bike Co-Op) to stay in the know!

4. Volunteer. The aforementioned groups have tons of volunteer ops, but check out Linfield’s Community Service page to get involved.

5. Create a project. Linfield’s ACES (Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability) awards Sustainability Grants to students interested in completing a project that would further the campus in its progress toward a sustainable future.  Applications can be found here.  Learn more about projects that have already been awarded this grant here.

The opportunities don’t end on the Linfield campus!  Talk to professors and fellow students interested in these issues–you will learn about many other ways to get involved.

Interested in environmental issues, going green, sustainability, or eco-friendly living?  Here are my 10 Great Green Blogs (in no particular order):

1. Simple Organic, the blog about “sustainable and healthy living for mainstream people.”

2. The Daily Green, the “consumer’s guide to the green revolution.”

3. TreeHugger, the “leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.”

4. Recycle This, the blog with “creative ideas for reusing and recycling random stuff.”

5. SustainabilityBlog.org, the resource for “sustainability news and blogs.”

6. The Current, a “global conversation” about the “planet’s vast oceanic resources.”

7. Eco Life Blog, a resource for eco-friendly living.

8. Grist, the blog with “environmental news, commentary, [and] advice.”

9. It’s Getting Hot In Here, a “collection of voices from the student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming.”

**BONUS: Type ‘linfield‘ into the search bar at this blog to see a collection of posts highlighting what Linfield students have been doing!

10. Green, a New York Times blog “about energy and the environment.”

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