Announcements / 11.30.20

Sustainability during coronavirus

Sustainability@Broad has compiled this list of recommendations to reduce your environmental impact while flattening the curve.

Being eco-friendly might be the last thing on your mind during a pandemic, but there are some simple (we promise they’re simple!) things you can do to reduce waste in your home. Sustainability@Broad has compiled this list of recommendations to reduce your environmental impact while flattening the curve.

  1. Make your home more energy-efficient: 
    • Switch to LED lightbulbs.
    • Only run your dishwasher or laundry when you have a full load...or, better, yet, dry your clothes on a line or by using an indoor drying rack!
    • Consider turning your heat down even a few degrees. 
    • Try at-home composting! (We’ll be sharing different ways we compost in a post soon.)
  2. Shop locally! It’s a double-win: you don’t have to drive and you get some exercise.
  3. Look into joining a CSA or similar local food delivery option. Many local farms, fisheries, and butchers are offering CSAs and delivery options. To find a CSA near you, go here.
  4. Buy toilet paper brands made with recyclable materials: Look for rolls that contain recycled materials or ones made with bamboo, a more sustainable option. Some brands we recommend include: Seventh Generation, Green Forest, and Scott Essential 100% Recyclable TP. There are also some great online options, including Who Gives A Crap (we love the name, too!)...or better yet, invest in a bidet. :)
  5. When you order delivery or take-out: 
    • Ask if your food can be packaged in compostable containers.
    • Ask to skip the plastic silverware and napkins.
    • Re-use or recycle your take-out containers if they’re plastic. But remember to make sure they are clean and dry!
  6. Start a home garden! You can also buy plants through many local farms, including: Waltham Fields Community Farms, and Underwood Greenhouses.
    • If you have outdoor space, peas and tomatoes are usually easiest to grow. Flowers are also great for pollinators.
    • If you want to start an indoor garden and know you have a sunny spot in your pad for a mini-garden, consider planting easy leafy greens like spinach and kale OR sprouts, which you can grow in a simple glass jar!
  7. Only buy what you need: We know it’s hard to resist the urge to buy oodles of items, but please take only what you and your household will actually consume. It will reduce waste of all kinds and allow more folks to get what they need, too.
    • Bought too many canned goods and don’t know what to do? Local food banks are accepting contact-free donations.
  8. Make your own food. Broadies are baking their own bread and blending their own oat milk. Consider trying to make some of your favorite staples at, it’s a fun weekend activity!
  9. Make a list of the sustainable practices you've developed while working at home, and keep them up when we return to on-site work! For example, if you’re eating lunch at home with reusable utensils, bring a spoon and fork to use at Broad! Or, if you’re finding walks or bike rides restorative, consider a human-powered commute!

Have more environmentally friendly ideas or have questions about our practices? Share them with us on the #sustainability Slack channel!