Over the past weekend, you may have seen a few individuals doing some service work on the side of the road or maybe even at your local park. As you were walking or driving by, you may not have given it a thought, merely glancing at these individuals as you continued on with your day.

However, what you may have not known (or had forgotten about) is our wonderful celebration of Earth Day. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, and originally dates back to 1970 when Gaylord Nelson, then a US Senator from Wisconsin) brought awareness about the environment through helping establish the first Earth Day.

Although you may have missed Earth Day 2017, just know, it’s never too late to do your part. Here are a few things you can do to be a little greener, or make an impact in your own community.

  1. Carpool. Or walk. Although it’s not always possible, try to do so whenever possible.
  2. Recycle your waste. Whether its paper, plastic, glass – make the conscious effort to recycle!
  3. Reduce energy – and water – use! Whether you’re at home for the weekend, or taking a quick shower in Naber Hall, make sure to turn off lights and water when not in use.
  4. Reuse when possible. Carry a reusable water bottle, or a reusable shopping bag as a way to avoid using unnecessary plasticsMake your world a little greener. Plant a tree, some flowers, or even just pick up trash to make the natural world a little more, well, natural.
  5. Buy local. Support local farmers by purchasing local produce.
  6. Use your tech. Use your technology and keep files electronically, instead of printing and wasting paper.