On April 22, we devote a day to the planet and try to reduce our impact on the environment. One day is great, but why stop there? Let’s be honest, we could be a little nicer to the planet every day.
At Regis University, we encourage students to make a positive impact to our campus and in the communities in which they live. Sustainability and being responsible stewards of the plant are major tenants of our Jesuit, Catholic values. We ask our students to consider, “How ought we to live?” Preserving the planet is a compelling answer to that question.
Want to live a little greener every day? Here are five simple things you can do:
- Plant something
The equivalent of 27 football fields of forests are lost every minute. We rely on plants and trees for oxygen, and they also provide homes for wildlife. We can’t recoup all of that in a single day, but you can plant something today that’ll make a small difference in the future. If you don’t have a yard to dig in, Regis’ Environmental Science department will give you access to community gardens right here on campus, through one of our undergraduate or graduate environmental science or studies program.
- Leave the car in park
Ditch the car and go by foot. Or if you’ve got somewhere you really need to be (and walking isn’t an option), opt for public transportation. For those needing transportation to the Northwest Denver campus, RTD Route 52 has stops along Regis Boulevard on the south side of campus.
- Pedal power
Cycling is great for your health and even better for the planet. If you’ve got a bike, ride it! Need some wheels? Our bike program lets students enjoy free bike rentals. There’s also a maintenance shop if your ride is in need of a tune-up.
- Trust the tap
Try to avoid plastic water bottles. Opt for a reusable bottle instead. Regis has filtered tap water available in every building, so grab your own bottle and fill up. And if you just can’t say goodbye to those plastic bottles, at least make sure you recycle them.
- Get outdoors and get inspired
Head outdoors and find inspiration and a million reasons to protect our beautiful natural spaces. With over 300 days of sunshine, there’s always something to do outdoors in Denver. Here’s a list of dozens of things to do in the open spaces of the Mile-High City. Don’t live near Denver? No problem—visit your local park, zoo or ball field. There are ways to appreciate the great outdoors in every city.
Have other ideas on how to act as a responsible steward for the planet? Let us know—and be sure to share them with your friends and family! If you're ready to learn more about how you can make a positive impact on our earth and your community with a Regis education, contact an admissions counselor or start your application today. Summer classes start May 6 and many of our programs are still accepting applications. There's no better time than the present to start making a difference.
Psst, here’s a 6th way to be “green.” We’re offering $500 scholarships—a nice chunk of green cash. Check out #RegisInspired for details.