UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability Pledge

I pledge to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I will consider the environmental, social and economic impact of my daily decisions and make every effort to reduce my ecological footprint. I will also share my individual sustainability efforts with others at the University of Cincinnati and in my community.



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UC|Sustainability Pledge

I pledge to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I will consider the environmental, social and economic impact of my daily decisions and make every effort to reduce my ecological footprint. I will also share my individual sustainability efforts with others at the University of Cincinnati and in my community.
By committing to do at least a few of the actions below, I am joining others to help create a more sustainable UC.

I will reduce my consumption of electricity by doing the following:

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs.
  • Turn off the lights before leaving a room.
  • Unplug all electronics and appliances when not in use.
  • Adjust thermostats according to the season (up in summer, down in winter) and use clothing for comfort.
  • Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature and ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light.
  • Wash full loads of laundry in cold water.
  • Dry my clothes on a drying rack in place of using a dryer.

I will reduce my consumption of water by doing the following:

  • Drink tap water instead of purchasing bottled water.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, shaving, etc.
  • Use the least amount of water necessary when washing dishes.
  • Shower quickly or turn off the water while applying products

I will reduce waste by doing the following:

  • Recycle all mixed paper, cardboard, all plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that cannot be reused.
  • Buy recycled and used products.
  • Put my food and drinks in reusable containers 
  • Reuse plastic utensils or carry my own set.
  • Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups.
  • Bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
  • Reuse items whenever possible, donate instead of throwing away.
  • Use a compost bin.
  • Join a freecylce community or attend a reuse market.

I will also reduce my ecological footprint by doing the following:

  • Buy local and seasonal foods and support local farmers and companies.
  • Eat less meat, seafood, and dairy.
  • Print only when necessary and print double-sided.
  • Buy organically grown produce.
  • Walk, bike, and use public transportation.
  • Watch less television.
  • Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature.
  • Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings.
  • Promote and support renewable energy sources.

I will be more socially and economically responsible by doing the following:

  • Buy goods manufactured under fair conditions, such as "fair trade" certified.
  • Support sexual equality.
  • Encourage racial equality.
  • Take a course on sustainability or the environment.
  • Donate unneeded or excess food to a shelter or food bank.
  • Vote.
  • Keep up-to-date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others.

I will engage my local and educational community by doing the following:

  • Attend a free sustainability related lecture, film, workshop, tour, or bike ride on campus.
  • Volunteer in the UC community garden.
  • Volunteer to recycle at a sporting event on campus.
  • Volunteer to pick up trash in my community.
  • Volunteer for Earth Day events.
  • Get involved with a student group in the Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC).
  • I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors.

Your commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle helps the University of Cincinnati reach its goals of carbon neutrality and sustainability.

The UC Sustainability Pledge is a joint initiative between the President's Advisory Council on Environment & Sustainability, the Student Sustainability Coalition and Undergraduate Student Government Association, with support from UC's Office of Sustainability.

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