Last week marked the kick-off of Recyclemania, a nationwide recycling competition among colleges. As the magnitude of our future environmental challenges becomes increasingly apparent, we should feel more compelled than ever to make changes. We have the power to make minor adjustments in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment.

Nearly 90,000 paper coffee cups were taken from Bowdoin's dining halls last semester. This astounding number could easily be reduced to zero if students make the simple switch to reusable mugs?which the Dining Service offers to wash for free. We could reduce waste from the Café and the Pub by refraining from using paper products whenever possible.

Bowdoin has already proved its commitment to sustainability as an institution. For example, the College has vowed to make future construction projects LEED certified and to reach complete carbon neutrality within two years. These lofty goals are commendable, and we hope that individuals on campus will follow the College's lead to develop their own personal goals to be more environmentally conscientious.

We can start by making small changes to daily routines. By leaving lights, computers, and other electronics on when not in use, we are wasting energy and contributing to our planet's looming environmental crisis. We must not expect the College to make us go green in spite of ourselves. We must take responsibility for our own habits.

The editorial represents the majority view of The Bowdoin Orient?s editorial board, which comprises Steve Kolowich, Anne Riley, Anna Karass, Adam Kommel, Mary Helen Miller, Joshua Miller, and Cati Mitchell.