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10 Tips For A More Sustainable Spring Break

When the focus is on fun, it's easy to forget living sustainably! Here are a few tips to have an amazing time while keeping the environment in mind.

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1. Consider your carbon footprint.

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If you're flying from one destination to another, your largest carbon footprint might be from transportation. Think about eco-friendly ways to get from one place to another. Pack a car full of people or rent a hybrid for the break! The New York Times has a great article on how to travel and vacation more sustainably.

2. Save energy BEFORE you leave!

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A great way to reduce emissions (and save a little extra money) is by making sure that all appliances are unplugged, AC is off and your blinds are closed. Here's a helpful article on what you should and shouldn't unplug!

3. Consider an alternative spring break.

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Spend your week giving back to a local community. UF offers a variety of trips, such as it's transforming affordable housing or working with animal welfare or helping sustainable agriculture! Check out the trips here!

4. Eat local.

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Locally sourced foods are always the sustainable way to go, and chances are they're tastier, too! There are some great Apps, like Traveling Spoon and Feastly, that help you discover traditional, local eats.

5. Buy local.

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Support the economy you're traveling to and bring back some unique souvenirs. Sustainable Connections has a great list of why you should buy local while on vacation.

7. Look for eco-friendly tourist options.

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Think about what activities are having a low impact on the environment. Biking, swimming, canoeing and paddle boarding are all fun activities that aren't straining the environment. Also check out this article by The Guardian for tips on how to be an eco-friendly tourist.

8. Consider a staycation.

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Gainesville and the nearby cities have so much to offer. Sometime college students forget to enjoy the place they're living in. Look at Gainesville's calendar for any cool events and take a step away from campus to enjoy everything Gainesville has to offer.

9. Think ahead.

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Think about what aspects of your trip can be greener. If you're planning on bringing meals down to the beach, use reusable Tupperware and bring a couple reusable bags for grocery shopping. Get environmentally-friendly sunblock and walk to your destinations when you can!

10. Offset your trip once you're home.

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Once you're back from vacation consider planting a few trees or offsetting your trip through different carbon offset organizations. Gainesville has We Are Neutral, which helps offset the community's carbon footprint.

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