Green Pledge

Go Green Pledge

Join fellow students, faculty, and staff who are pledging to take personal steps to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives, which will have a collective impact in improving the quality of life for everyone on campus.

√ Today I agree to embrace my responsibility to help improve the environment here at Marshall University.. I pledge to directly impact the Earth’s Health by making environmentally responsible choices everyday. My pledge is to…

Increase Resource Efficiency
  • Turn off lights, computers, and electronics when not in use
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Set electronics to use energy saver features and replace incandescent lights
  • Save water with low flow shower heads and other water saving products
  • Use email instead of the mail
  • Use both sides of paper when making copies or utilizing electronic folders
  • Walk whenever possible
  • Ride bikes or bike share
  • Car pool or car share
  • Re-think transportation methods and use public transit whenever possible

Choose to Re-Use

  • Use reusable mugs (coffee, soda, etc…)
  • Use reusable bags instead of plastic
  • Pack lunches in reusable containers
  • Buy products made from recycled materials
  • Print drafts on the back side of used paper
  • Make notepads from used paper
  • Donate used equipment and furniture
  • Compost organic materials


  • Recycle plastic, paper, aluminum, and clean cardboard
  • Recycle disposable batteries
  • Recycle toner cartridges and replace with recycled cartridges
  • Use paper made from recycled materials

Reduce harmful impacts on the environment

  • Reduce pollution
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Reduce waste
  • Purchase products from companies that reduce pollution, waste, and energy consumption
  • Adjust thermostats
  • Wash clothes in cold water

Use Education as a Tool

  • Learn more about being Green by participating in Green/Sustainable outreach programs
  • Apply green concepts at home and with members of your family
  • Investigate new technologies and ways to help the environment
  • Help Marshall University or the Huntington community with events that teach others Green concepts and practices

Each person can pick and choose whatever initiatives that best fit with what they can do. The most important thing is for everyone to commit to doing something to improve the environment in the communities in which they live, work, and recreate.

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