What You Can Do

Buy used rather than new

When you buy used rather than new, you reduce your environmental impact in two big ways: keeping usable items out of the landfill AND reducing the demand for creation of new products. It also saves you money and lets you feel good about making sustainable choices! Fortunately, Madison is home to many resources that can […]

Give unwanted clothing a new life

While trends and seasons change, having a thrifty attitude will always be in style! Donating, trading, and repurposing clothes eliminates landfill waste and reduces resource demands related to clothing.

Unplug to save money

Unplug your TV when not in use Your television draws energy even when you aren’t using it because it must always ready to receive a signal. Turned off and plugged in, an average TV draws 5 watts per hour. Unplug your TV when you leave for the day to prevent wasted energy. Bonus: You’ll also save money.

Look at your trash

Act: Sometime today, take a look at the contents of a garbage bin in your home and conduct your own mini trash audit. How well are you putting waste in its place?

Journey of UW–Madison recycling

Learn: Sometimes recycling is confusing, especially if an item is made up of multiple materials, like a coffee cup. Learn the journey of UW-Madison recycling. If you’re interested in learning more about recycling on campus, check out the Office of Sustainability online recycling guide.

Use energy-efficient bulbs

You can save money by replacing your five most-used standard light bulbs with Energy Star-certified CFL or LED bulbs. If every American did this, as a nation we would save $8 billion in energy costs. Act: Check out Duke Energy Progress’ online resource 100 Ways to Save Energy at Home to learn more about how saving energy […]

Compost your food waste

Did you know that in 2012 alone, more than 36 million tons of food waste was generated, with only five percent diverted from landfills? Compost your food scraps instead. Compost collection sites are located in Lot 62 between the Natatorium and the School of Veterinary Medicine, Lot 60 on Walnut St., Lot 76 near the Goodman […]

Use a reusable bottle

Did you know that 40 million plastic water bottles go into the trash everyday where they take up valuable landfill space and leak toxic chemicals? The UW now has a refillable bottle station in almost every building on campus and more are on the way.  Reusable bottles are a lasting way to keep trash out […]

Donate Used Clothes and Shoes

Clothing items that are gently used can be donated for reuse at Rethreads on State Street or put in the clothing bin by the front door of Helen C. White Library or on the second floor of the Education building. Other alternatives include St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill collection sites or donated at USAgain […]