Five simple ways you can live greener

April 22, 2015

Earth Day comes around once a year. 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 where 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:

  1. 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. Regis offers bus passes to students, so contact the Office of Student Activities for more information. 

  2. 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. 

  3. Say no to plastic

    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.

  4. Get outdoors

    With over 300 days of sunshine, there’s always something to do outdoors in Denver. Need some inspiration? Here are 14 things to do in 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. 

  5. Plant something

    The equivalent of 26 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 Studies program will give you access to community gardens right here on campus. 

Got others 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!