University Housing Green Initiatives
Going green isn’t just important for the environment. University Housing is committed to using green initiatives to reduce costs. Utilities are one of the largest and most unpredictable expenses for the university. To keep these costs in check, University Housing has taken several steps to improve water and electricity usage. Be sure to learn what you can do to help us in these efforts.
Water saving toilets
Toilets installed in University Housing facilities use less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush as opposed to the 3.5 gallons needed to flush an average toilet.
Through a partnership with Mac-Gray, all washing machines on Central Campus are front-loading High-Efficiency washers which use 50% less water than traditional top-loading washers. In addition, University Housing uses energy-efficient dryers.
Many areas in University Housing, such as study rooms and laundry rooms, utilize motion-sensor lighting so we’re not wasting electricity when no one is in the room.
Brita Hydration Stations have been placed in each residence hall to provide students a way to fill reusable water bottles instead of buying disposable bottles.
University Housing has recently changed out the lights in The Village bathrooms to LED bulbs. These special bulbs use less electricity and a life of more than 15 years.
When replacing items such as furniture and mattresses it’s easy to simply throw the old stuff away. University Housing works to identify community partners who can still get some life out of our older furnishings. For example, since 2008 more than 2,100 mattresses have been donated to charitable organizations for a second life and saved from the landfill.
University Housing made the move to paperless billing, contracts and forms years ago and we are constantly looking for ways to move more forms online to reduce the amount of paper we use.
University Housing is exploring several projects that can further reduce our carbon imprint. These projects include motion sensors, metering, efficient lighting and more.
What you can do
- Turn off appliances and lights and unplug chargers when you’re not in the room
- Keep windows and blinds closed
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
- Use energy efficient bulbs in your lamps (compact fluorescent)
- Recycle paper, plastic and aluminum used in your room
- Be smart when you buy – check out this list of
- Use the printer wisely – ask professors if it’s okay to email in assignments instead of printing