College students taking cold showers to “save the environment”


Students at Indiana University are being urged to take short, cold showers in an effort to save the planet.

“Living sustainably is one of the easiest things you can do,” said the head of the student association’s new sustainability department. “Turn off your lights, unplug your electric devices, take shorter, cold showers. Maybe some people are deterred by that, but as time progresses these issues are going to become much more pressing and much more internationally important.”

Indiana University isn’t the only college to promote cold showers as fears of global warming inspire universities across the country to adopt “sustainability programs.”

Dickson College in Carlisle, PA has a Center for Sustainable Living, which is a 14-person campus residence nicknamed the Treehouse. Students who live there are permitted to take three-minute warm showers each day.

Heating is also rationed at the Treehouse, and indoor temperatures go no higher than 58 degrees during the winter. The television runs on a bike-powered generator and is only turned on for “big events like the Super Bowl, Grammys and election debates.”

At the University of California Los Angeles, students are encouraged to “always opt for a shower over a bath” and to “measure the length of your shower, and then challenge yourself to shorten your shower!”

A recent graduate of UC Irvine has stated that she has ditched her hot showers—and her “entitled millennial” lifestyle in general since visiting Costa Rica for the university’s global sustainability program. She said she’s also started composting.

Students who live in dorms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are urged to “take shorter and/or colder showers,” and in the winter, they’re advised to “wear layers rather than turning up the heat.”

One student at Ohio State University who decided to replace one normal shower a week with a cold shower commented, “It’s disappointing, because if I were to have been doing this my whole life, just taking one cold shower a week, I could have saved so much water and energy, and my life hasn’t been any better or more enjoyable because I haven’t.”

H/T: Heatstreet

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