Marquette student organizations have been helping both the Milwaukee and Marquette communities become better places to learn and live. About eighty four percent of Marquette undergraduate students participate in service through a wide range of programs, student organizations, service-learning classes, and one-day projects. There are dozens of student organizations that focus on some form of sustainability and/or social justice and are always looking for new members. These groups continue to grow and form new groups on campus, one example is the Slow Food organization that follows the principles of local home cooked meals.
Students can have a major impact on sustainability initiatives right in their residence halls. Each year, at the beginning and end of each school year, all residence halls participate in a "move-in/move-out" recycling program. Students can donate unused food, clothing, furniture, and school supplies. This is a great opportunity for students to get rid of goods they no longer use and keep them away from the landfill. Student organizations then team up with local non-profits to donate the goods.
Students can also help Marquette be more sustainable by changing small habits in their everyday lives. One way to help in the residence halls is to turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This simple act can save up to eight gallons of water per day. If you multiply that by the number of students, the water savings climbs into the tens of thousands of gallons each day. Guys can go one step further and turn off the water while shaving. Another water saving challenge is to try to reduce your shower time by one minute.
The residence halls consume a great deal of electricity and are running 24/7. One way to lessen their impact is to turn off the the lights whenever leaving your room. This may not seem like much, but there are over 3,000 students living in residence halls, electricity consumption can add up quickly. You can also shut down your computer before going to sleep. If just 100 students did this, Marquette would save over $1,000 a year on electricity.