It’s no secret–here at iD Tech, we love us some green. Green office walls, green shoes, green hair (in some cases…), and most importantly, our eco-conscious green initiatives like One Camper One Tree. Via a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we plant one tree for each student who enrolls in our summer tech programs. Since 2011 we’ve planted 75,000 trees, and expect to plant 35,000 more this year. Our company is dedicated to the success of our students in school, college, and beyond–and what kind of future isn’t green?
Top 10 Green Tips for Students & Parents
1. Purchase an inexpensive reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. Why? The production of plastic bottles uses millions of barrels of oil per year and the transportation of bottled water from its source to retail stores releases thousands of tons of CO2 into the air. Yuck. Reusable is the way to go!
2. Turn off your computer completely at night, and unplug unused chargers and appliances. Even if they’re switched “off,” plugged-in appliances still waste energy.
3. Parents–find out whether you can sign up for green power from your local utility company.
4. Watch The Story of Stuff to learn how your household trash impacts the planet, and learn how to make positive changes.
5. Carpool! Do you drive your kids to school and back every day? Try carpooling with other families in your neighborhood to save on gas and score some free-time when it’s your day off. Attending iD Tech this summer? We offer a carpool app! Learn more when you register.
6. Recycle dead batteries–don’t throw them in the garbage. It’s toxic! To make it easier, have a designated spot to store bad batteries. Once or twice a year, take them to a local recycling center.
7. Similarly, recycle your old electronics (anything that has a plug), ink cartridges, and CFL light bulbs to reduce toxic waste in landfills. Find a nearby e-recycling center here (or learn how to donate old computers and more).
8. Avoid overcharging your laptop battery. If you leave your system plugged in 24/7, it’ll keep sucking power even when it’s fully charged. Constant charging will shorten the battery’s lifetime.
9. For smaller electronics like game controllers and remotes, switch to rechargeable batteries. You could save up to $100 or so per year.
10. When it comes to homework, get in the habit of printing on both sides of the paper. Better yet, ask your teacher if you can email your assignments. No paper!
Go green. It starts here. Have another green tip to share? Tell us in the comments!