ENV S 204 Natural Science and the Environment

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  • Minimize your consumption of meat and animal products. Surprisingly, this is the single most significant thing we all can do to preserve the environment.


  • Drink tap water. It's better quality than unregulated bottled water and you'll use less plastic.
  • Install a low-flow shower head; don't let the water taps or hoses run. 


  • Borrow or stream books, magazines, music, films from your library instead of purchasing.
  • Minimize your use of paper towels, paper napkins, plastic utensils and dishes.
  • Opt out of receiving junk mail and phone books.


  • Recycle.
  • Re-use, re-purpose (be creative) or donate whatever  you don't need.
  • Reduce consumption. Distinguish between needs and wants.
  • Know your carbon footprint
  • Minimize driving. Car pool, use public transportation, bike or walk.
  • Avoid buying items with excessive packaging.
  • Dry clothing outside on a clothesline on warm days.


  • Garden with native plants.
  • Visit Washington State's beautiful national, state, and local parks. Walk some trails and enjoy nature.


  • Buy locally grown foods.
  • Shop at and support local farmer's markets.
  • Grow your own food.
  • Don't buy food products with excessive packaging.
  • Use re-usable grocery shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags or paper bags.
  • Don't waste food; give away or donate to a food bank.
  • Compost food scraps.


  • Vote!
  • Set an example for friends, family, co-workers.
  • Initiate or lead environment-friendly projects.
  • Support community and local government sustainability efforts.
  • Donate some time or money to an environmental cause.