Tuesday's Earth Week tip: Choose to reuse

Choose to reuse is today's advice from the JHU Office of Sustainability, which is leading our celebration of Earth Week, April 18 to 24. By following the group's tip-a-day plan, we can each do a small part in helping the university reach its sustainability goals.

Why choose to reuse? The energy that's used to make, and dispose of, paper cups, for example, could power 53,000 homes every year.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: It's a hierarchy. Recycling is great as a last resort, but it's more important to reduce the amount of waste we may generate before we even get to the waste bins.

One of the best ways you can do this is to always have your reusable water bottle, to-go mug, and utensils with you. (JHU cafes provide a discount when you #BYOMug.) Encourage others to do the same with a quick email before catered meetings.

Connect with the JHU Office of Sustainability on Facebook and Instagram. On its website, check out its Earth Week Calendar of Events to join in the celebrations.