How to: contribute to the blog

Special reading week edition 😉📖

by Freya H-T, Daphny Budaz, and Julia Lee

Happy reading week, from the blog team! Now that you have a couple minutes on your hands (between episodes of Greys Anatomy or Riverdale), we wanted to bring you a couple tips on how to contribute to the blog this year:

  1. What counts as a submission
  2. Some content examples
  3. Advice from Julia, our resident blogging n00b

Each SustainSU volunteer is required to contribute 1 piece to be published on SustainableU each year. But it doesn’t have to be a poetic masterpiece or heroic epic…

1. What counts as a submission:

  • Writing- 500 words max
  • Photo(s)
  • Video
  • Sound clip
  • Event poster/collage

We want variety! Feel free to send in all content relating to personal/campus sustainability. Multiple submissions & submissions from non-volunteers always welcome!

2. Some content examples:

You can write about almost anything. We’ve provided some examples below:

Sustainabili-tea! Just grabbing a snack and some yummy leaf water while finishing this blog post.
  • You can also post some SustainSU initiative appreciation.
Catch the SustainSU Advocacy team’s amazing posters around campus! (Sorry for the potato quality pic ft. Bobby from SustainSU Research)


  • A quick poem can also be inspiring:

Reaching for coffee

Served in reusable mugs

Made special for me

  • Know some amazing facts related to being sustainable? Make a list for everyone to see:

2 interesting facts about sustainability:

1) Plastic cutlery can be rinsed and thrown into the recycling bin

2) A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That’s more than one person uses in two weeks. (source)

  • The world is an exciting place and there is plenty happening in sustainable development. You can share an article with a quick overview or even write your own.

For example, did you know China built a giant solar panel panda? 

  • You can share how you live a sustainable life, too

2 Things You Can Do To Be Sustainable

Turn off the lights when you leave a room

Recycle paper (that had your old first year notes and hopes and dreams on it, which, sadly, were too optimistic and are unattainable now)

  • You can also share a list of useful books, movies, etc.

                Daphny’s “Recommendeds” List:

                Book: Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

                Documentary: Blackfish directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

                And for fun:

                Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy directed by Peter Jackson

Here are some possible topics to choose from:

  • Projects that your SustainSU initiative is working on
  • What happens during your SustainSU team meeting?
  • How do you stay sustainable during the holidays?
  • Community hours recap
  • Quote/Fact of the Day

3. Advice from Julia the blogging n00b:

Are you a blogging n00b? ME TOO. I’ve only been with the Blogging Team for about a month, and my credentials are limited to sharing animal photos on FaceBook and making memes. Sometimes (read: most of the time), I’m all like:

Yes, I made this. Yes, I love cats.

Basically, submit whatever you have the time for. We’re thankful for a single picture (double points for a meme) or a “shower thought” about sustainability on campus or around the world. I’m personally passionate about renewable energy and memes, so I’ll be featuring both in my blogs (plug: coming next week on the 23rd).

Don’t be intimidated! Have fun! Blogging is honestly not that hard – especially since we can edit and format your submissions for you 🙂



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