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Green Your Home Workshop

Learn how to live sustainably

At Susquehanna, “going green” means going well beyond the campus. We invite the local community to learn and live sustainably. At Greening Your Home workshops, SU students taught participants how to recycle, save household energy, buy local foods and clean with green products. Faculty, staff, students and locals all learned something practical. A master gardener demonstrated composting. An earth and environmental sciences major explained solar electricity. An eco-minded sophomore championed natural soaps and shampoo. 

“I presented a couple of interesting facts about recycling,” says Student Recycling Coordinator and workshop leader Melissa Hartley, “including that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power one television for five hours. I think these kinds of ‘shocking facts’ provide a lot of incentive.”

“People often tell me that they'd like to do ‘something’ to help preserve our environment but just aren't sure what that ‘something’ should be,” adds Kathy Straub, associate professor of geology and environmental science at Susquehanna, and organizer of the events. “Our workshop provided lots of ideas that will help local citizens not only lead greener lives, but also save money by lowering their electricity, fuel and trash bills.”

Putting lessons to practical use is a hallmark of a Susquehanna education, and environmental science is no exception. After one workshop, the audience was treated to a discounted lunch at Emma’s Food for Life, a downtown eatery that touts local and organic ingredients. The café became the classroom, and the lesson was delicious.

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