April is Earth Month 2009. As part of the campus' observation, Outlook will post a weekly tip from the Office of Sustainability to help the community take steps to help the environment.
Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint without giving up the daily commute? The next time you reach for a cheeseburger, try a veggie burger instead.
Skipping meat at least one day a week can reduce carbon emissions significantly and potentially save money at the same time. In fact, the average American can reduce his or her carbon footprint more by eating 20 percent less meat than by switching from an average sedan to a Toyota Prius, according to a study by Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at the Bard Center, and Pamela A. Martin, an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago.
If you want to try going even partially vegetarian, the veggie-friendly menus of Athens restaurants make it easier than you might think.
On Wednesday, be sure to check Outlook to watch Distinguished Professor of Economics Richard Vedder and Sustainability Coordinator Sonia Marcus discuss the environmental and economic value of local purchasing. "Local purchasing: A neighborly gesture or an irrational cause?" is the second in a five-part Earth Month series, during which faculty and staff at Ohio University will tackle controversial issues within the environmental movement.