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Oriane Matthys Caught Green Handed Taking the Stairs
Oriane Matthys was caught Green Handed taking the stairs instead of the elevator in Perkins Library. Oriane received a Sustainable Duke stainless steel water bottle as a reward for her eco-friendly behavior.
Name: Oriane Matthys
Year: Class of 2014
From: Santa Barbara, California
Major: Biomedical Engineering
1) Why do you take the stairs instead of the elevator?
Taking the elevator saves electricity and takes almost the same amount of time. Also, walking the extra stairs is the more healthy option.
2) What other actions do you take to lead a more sustainable lifestyle?
I refill my stainless steel water bottle instead of buying water, I make sure lights are off in my room when I'm not in there, and I take short showers.
3) If you could change one thing on campus to make it more sustainable, what would it be?
I would like to improve the dining facilities on campus. We need more reusable containers and silverware. Also, when the restaurants do offer plastic utensils, they should not be packaged in extra plastic. That is an unnecessary use of natural resources.
Will you be caught green handed next? Get Caught Green Handed is an initiative of Students for Sustainable Living created to reward sustainability actions at Duke. Get caught doing something eco-friendly, and receive great prizes including t-shirts, stainless steel water bottles and reusable grocery bags! It's simple, just take actions throughout the day to reduce your environmental footprint and with a little luck, you could be caught GREEN HANDED! The contest will continue on a twice monthly basis throughout the fall semester.