Sustainability in the Residence Halls
When You're Out and About
Save Energy
  • Carry a reusable water bottle or mug, and refill it at water fountains, dining rooms, shops across campus, and "hydration stations" in the Stamp Union. Doing this will save you money, reduce the amount of plastic entering the waste stream, and reduce energy costs of producing plastic bottles.
  • Say "no thanks" to paper and plastic bags when you shop. Carry your books, snacks, reusable mug, reusable silverware, etc. in a backpack or cloth or canvas bag.
  • Eat-in whenever possible. Limit use of disposable cups and food containers to those items you carry out of the dining room or restaurant. Always use glass/dishware when you can.
  • Dining Services' "Bagasse" to-go containers are biodegradable and compostable, and can be disposed of in the trash.
  • Stock your room, suite or apartment with reusable dishes and cups.
  • Try to avoid products like Styrofoam plates, plastic cups, plastic silverware, and plastic bags in order to save the expense of convenience items and avoid the cost of recycling these products. Have your own reusable silverware.
  • Look for products with packaging labeled "Printed on recycled paper" or "Made with post-consumer content."
  • Use rechargeable batteries instead of regular disposable ones. If you have disposable batteries, drop them in our battery recycling containers at all service desks.
  • Use public transportation (Shuttle-UM, Metro, etc.), bike, walk or carpool whenever possible.