It’s March, and St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner. While you may be utilizing your time planning a St. Patty’s day party,  celebrating your Irish heritage, or looking to just want to wear a few shamrocks, consider going “green” – and I don’t mean just for St. Patty’s day.

So, whether you’re on the beach, at your parents’ house, or working your tail off this spring break, make sure to add “go green” to your to do list. Because, hey, who doesn’t want to save the earth.

As a college student with a busy schedule, you probably don’t have a ton of time to “go green” and reflect on your environmental impact. However, there’s a few smaller changes that you can implement into your daily life so you can be a little “greener” this semester:

  1. Recycle. Yep. It’s a no-brainer. Make sure to utilize the correct receptacle for your paper, plastics, glass, or other trash.
  2. Flip the switch.When exiting a room, or when you’re not using an appliance, turn them off. Flip the switch. Turn off the lights and electronics as a way to save energy – and your electric bill.
  3. Take notes. Electronically. Put your electronic devices to good use and take your notes electronically. Use a flashcard app. Put your upcoming assignments, events, and reminders in your calendar. You’ll save money and improve your time management.
  4. Walk. Or bike. Or carpool. Sidewalks are there to be used. So are bike lanes. And the carpool lane. Try to cut down on driving not only helps the environment, but offers you the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle, save money, and perhaps even be a bit more social.
  5. Think about your water. It’s easy to enjoy a 30-minute shower. But, seriously, you probably don’t have time for that. The simple act of thinking about your water – while brushing your teeth, taking a shower, drinking at the bubbler – can help save more water and make a bigger impact than you may think. And while you’re at it, make an investment in a water bottle that is refillable, or simply reusing a plastic one can help you reduce the impact in landfills.

So, whether you’re on the beach, at your parents’ house, or working your tail off this spring break, make sure to add “go green” to your to do list. Because, hey, who doesn’t want to save the earth.