Sustainability in the Residence Halls
In Your Room
Save Energy
  • Turn off your laptop, monitor, printer, room lights, television, radio, etc. when not being used and when you leave your room. Turning off your computer equipment reduces heat stress and wear on your system while saving energy. Screen savers do not save energy.
  • Use CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp bulbs) or LEDs (light emitting diode bulbs) in your desk lamp.
  • Use power strips to plug in your laptop, printer, cell phone charger, gaming console, television, etc. Turn off the power strip when you're asleep or off to class.
  • Buy energy efficient ENERGY STAR ® electronics and appliances such as televisions, laptops, computer monitors, Blu-ray and DVD players, printers, lamps, and small refrigerators.
  • In cooler months, do not open your window to cool your room. Try turning down the heat by adjusting (clockwise) the control valve under the front of your heat convector or calling 301-314-9675 for help.

Manage Waste
  • Discuss with your roommate and floormates how to reduce consumption of disposable products as much as possible and to re-use and recycle those products you do bring into your room.
  • Use the recycling totebag provided in your room for all your recyclables: metal, plastic, glass, paper and cardboard.
  • Minimize your purchase and use of disposable glass, plastic and paper containers. Buy and use products in containers that can be reused and/or recycled.
  • "Green clean" with reusable washcloth or sponge, not paper towels. Use green cleaning products available at the on-campus convenience stores.
  • Recycle – all together – METAL, GLASS, PAPER and PLASTIC
    • Effective in 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.
    • Mixed paper includes unwanted mail, pizza boxes and cereal boxes, flattened corrugated cardboard, waxed cardboard beverage containers 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.
    • 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!