Sustainability in the Residence Halls
In Your Apartment or Suite
Save Energy
  • In cooler months, keep your thermostats at 68 degrees or lower. Lower the setting (55 degrees at lowest) for sleeping and when leaving for the day.
  • In cooler months, open blinds to let sunlight in, and close them to keep heat in on cloudy days and at night.
  • In warmer months, keep your thermostats at 78 degrees or higher. Keep blinds closed to keep sunlight out and retain cooler inside temperatures.
  • Turn off the fan in the air-conditioning unit (or at least set it to Low) when no one will be in the room.
  • Keep windows closed when heat or air conditioning is on.
  • Keep your refrigerator full to use less energy. Stock it inexpensively with water in reusable containers and your favorite snacks.
  • Report windows or doors that will not close properly to (301)4-WORK (301-314-9675).

Save Water
  • Wash dishes by hand and turn off the water while scrubbing them, or only run your dishwasher with a full load.
  • Wash full loads of dirty clothes and use cold or warm water to save water and save on energy needed to heat water.
  • Take shorter showers, ideally five minutes or less. Try getting wet, then turning water off or down while you soap and scrub, before turning water back on (or up) to rinse.
  • Turn faucets off while you brush your teeth, shave, etc.
  • Call (301)4-WORK (301-314-9675) to report water waste from dripping faucets, showerheads, etc.
Manage Waste
  • Discuss with your roommate and floormates how to reduce consumption of disposable products as much as possible and to re-use or recycle those products you do bring into your room, apartment, or suite. Consider adding these points to your Community Living Agreement.
  • Use the recycling bin provided in your suite/apartment for all your recyclables: metal, plastic, glass, paper and cardboard.
  • Use, and encourage others to use, the recycling containers provided for your building and community. Single stream green recycling containers for paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic are located outdoors, next to trash dumpsters. Single stream recycling containers for paper, glass, metal and plastic are also located inside the Leonardtown Community Center, Annapolis Hall and the Harford Hall service area.
  • Rinse glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, and plastic containers with a 1 through 7 on the bottom and store them in your personal recycling bin before carrying these recyclables to a green recycling dumpster.
  • Store mixed paper (including waxed paper juice or milk containers, unwanted mail, pizza boxes and cereal boxes, flattened corrugated cardboard, and virtually every other paper product) in your personal recycling bin before carrying these recyclables to a green recycling dumpster.
  • "Green clean" with reusable washcloth or sponge, not paper towels. Use green cleaning products available at the on-campus convenience stores.
    • Effective Fall 2011, Single Stream Recycling will occur in all traditional residence halls, suites, apartments and in South Campus Commons. This makes recycling all the easier as you do not need to separate your recyclables!
    • Rinse glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans, and plastic containers and store them in your personal recycling bin.
    • Recyclable plastics can be placed in campus recycling containers include beverage bottles; microwavable food trays; laundry, dish and shampoo containers; and common food containers for yogurt, butter, salad dressing, milk and juice.
    • Recyclable plastics that can be placed in campus recycling containers include beverage bottles; microwavable food trays; laundry, dish and shampoo containers; and common food containers for yogurt, butter, salad dressing, milk and juice.
    • Mixed paper includes unwanted mail, pizza boxes and cereal boxes, flattened corrugated cardboard, and virtually every other paper product.
    • Always store recyclables in your personal recycling bin before carrying them to the labeled recycling container (in floor hallways, lounges, lobbies, most laundry rooms) or the green recycling containers outside your building.
    • Reuse plastic shopping bags as trash can liners before discarding them.
    • Recycle plastic grocery bags at The Commons Shop, North Campus Snack n' Shop, or local groceries.
    • Avoid paper waste by using the double-sided function on your printer and recycling pages until you've printed on both sides or used them for notes and messages.
    • Edit your documents on screen and by using the print preview function rather than printing drafts.
What Can't Be Recycled?

These items are not recyclable and should be placed in the trash: food scraps and food wrappers; Dining Hall carry out containers, used or wet paper towels, napkins and tissues; broken glass or china; wax paper. Most of what you have thrown away in the past can now be recycled!