Sustainability Toolkit


Welcome to the written sustainability toolkit!

This toolkit is organized with our 4 R’s. You’ve heard of reduce, reuse, and recycle, but here we are going to explain 1. Reduce & Refuse, 2. Reuse and Repurpose, 3. Recycle, and 4. Rot. 

Why we made this:

  • PLU needs a basis for education on sustainability so we are providing a why, how, and where to practice the 4 R’s. 
  • PLU’s mission statement includes community for the Earth which can mean holding ourselves accountable for our waste and carbon footprint. 
  • In 2019, the United Nations stated that climate change will be irreversible in 11 years if humanity continues to emit greenhouse gases at the current rate. 

What if I can’t afford things or don’t have the time and energy to do something?

  • Little steps are okay and encouraged. Practice won’t be perfect immediately, even our team can’t do all of these things. But we try to do what we can. If you don’t have the energy to recycle, you probably have the energy to not litter. Or if you don’t have the financial security to shop reduction-centered, you can shop locally to cut down on carbon emissions. It’s not your fault if you can’t do something, but try to do what you can. 
  • Most of the pollution pumped into the atmosphere is caused by corporations rather than individuals, so it’s not your fault if you can’t be as sustainable as you want. 

The 4 R's

Reuse & Repurpose/ Refurbish

re·​use | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈyüz  \ reused; reusing; reuses. Definition of reuse (Entry 1 of 2) transitive verb: to use again especially in a different way or after reclaiming or reprocessing.
re·​pur·​pose | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈpər-pəs  \ repurposed; repurposing; repurposes. Definition of repurpose transitive verb: to give a new purpose or use to

Reduce & Refuse

re·​duce | \ ri-ˈdüs  , -ˈdyüs \ reduced; reducing Definition of reduce transitive verb (1): to diminish in size, amount, extent, or number.





re·​cy·​cle | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsī-kəl  \ recycled; recycling; recycles. Definition of recycle (Entry 1 of 2) transitive verb. 1: to pass again through a series of changes or treatments: to process (something, such as liquid body waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain material for human use.



rot verb \ ˈrät  \ rotted; rotting Definition of rot (Entry 1 of 2) intransitive verb 1a: to undergo decomposition from the action of bacteria or fungi