Maintaining a sustainable lifestyle at home does not have to be hard or expensive. Practicing sustainability at home means that you are able to meet all the needs of today without compromising the ability of others to meet their needs tomorrow. Achieving this balance of needs, while simple enough in theory, ultimately relies on the commitment of individuals to consider the impact of their choices on the world around us and to change their actions to reduce that impact. A challenge of living sustainably is an individual’s belief in their ability to make a difference.

As we consider the complex challenges associated with the environment, economics, and society it is easy to believe that our daily choices have little to no impact on the state of sustainability in the world. However, we need to remember each household consumes water, energy, food, and generates waste on a regular basis. Imagine the impact if just a few of our neighbors decided to follow your lead and increase their own sustainability?! Every house contains potential opportunities to reduce one’s footprint and increase its sustainability.

We have created the “Sustainability @Home” toolkit to help provide guidance and ideas for making sustainable decisions. Sustainable solutions for our world require the collective participation of us all—government, businesses, non-governmental organizations, community groups, and families—working together. This toolkit contains many ideas for you and your family to implement in your own home and share with your community. Together, we can make a real difference today that will make our world a better, healthier place for generations to come.

Explore each category to learn more about what you can do at home or in your campus residence. Then, check out some fun DIY @Home Hacks to try.


As the world warms, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, sea levels are rising, prolonged droughts are putting pressure on food crops, and many animal and plant species are being driven to extinction. It’s hard to imagine what we as individuals can do to resolve a problem of this scale and severity. The good news: We are not alone. People, communities, cities, businesses, schools, and other organizations are taking action.

When it comes to fighting air pollution and climate change, action at the federal and state levels are certainly important for effecting real change. But so are the smaller actions that you, personally, can take every day in your own home. Many energy-saving ideas are simple behavior changes that can add up to a lot of savings over time.


What we eat matters. The food choices we make every day have a big effect on the environment. The good news is that even small changes in what we buy and eat can add up to real environmental benefits, including fewer toxic chemicals, reduced carbon emissions, and preservation of our ocean resources. Eating “green and clean” can also mean eating fresher, healthier foods while reducing your grocery bill and supporting our farmers.

Zero-Waste is a holistic approach to addressing the problem of unsustainable resource flows. Zero-Waste encompasses waste eliminated at the source through product design and producer responsibility, and waste reduction strategies further down the supply chain such as recycling, reuse, and composting.