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Sustainability

Sustainability Guide

Welcome to the Florida State University on-campus housing community! In an effort to help you have the best possible experience while you are living in the residence halls, and in line with FSU’s commitment to sustainability, we would like to make you aware of some of the sustainability resources available to you while you are living in your residence hall. This document was composed to serve as your guide to sustainable living in the residence halls.

 

Why be Sustainable?

Being sustainable means living in such a way that you could sustain your lifestyle indefinitely without running out of the resources being used to do so. Unfortunately, as a society we are utilizing resources in an unsustainable way. This means that if things do not change we will eventually run out of vital resources such as: freshwater, viable farmland, and natural gas. The use and overuse of various resources has also contributed to the following: deforestation, ozone depletion, animal extinctions, and toxic living conditions for humans. It is critical that we all do our part to live more sustainably, and we would like to encourage you to be sustainable while you are living in the residence halls.

If you would like more information regarding sustainability and the effects of living unsustainably the following websites can serve as additional resources:

http://sustainablecampus.fsu.edu/

http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/

http://sustainabletallahassee.org/

http://sustainableflorida.org/

 

How to Be Sustainable While Living on Campus

There are many ways to being sustainable during your time on campus, below are a few suggestions from our office.

 

Conserving Electricity

  • Be sure to turn off the lights in the bathroom, bedroom and common room when you are not using the room.
  • Unplug electronics that are not being used.
  • Use CF or LED lights and light bulbs.
  • Do not leave your cell phone charger plugged in when you are not charging your phone.

Conserving Water

  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth/shaving/washing your face/etc.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • If there is a leak (faucet, shower, pipe) in your room, report it immediately.
  • Only do laundry when you have a full load to clean.

 

Recycle

○       Aluminum

○       Glass                                 

○       Plastic

○       Paper

○       Cardboard

  • Blue Recycling Bins

○       These bins are in all of the residence hall rooms and should be utilized to sort recyclable materials.  These bins can then be taken to the recycling location in your building (shown in chart below) so that materials are sorted properly.

  • Where do we recycle?

○       See chart below for locations for each material, in each hall.

 

 

Recycling Can

 

Building Paper Plastic Glass Aluminum Cardboard
Broward Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Bryan Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Cawthon Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
DeGraff Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Deviney Front Desk Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Place near dumpster
Dorman Front Desk Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Place near dumpster
Gilchrist Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Jennie Murphree Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Kellum Front Desk Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Place near dumpster
Landis Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
McCollum Front Desk Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Place near dumpster
Ragans Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Reynolds Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Rogers Front Desk Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Place near dumpster
Salley Front Desk Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Place near dumpster
Smith Front Desk Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Each floor's recycling bin Place near dumpster
Traditions Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster
Wildwood Front Desk Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Each floor's recycling trash chute Place near dumpster

 

 

 
Paper Lid
 

 

Other Ways to Be Sustainable

While reducing our energy and water consumption is important, as well as recycling the materials we use, there are many other ways that we can generate less waste to go to the landfills.

  • Use a reusable water bottle.
  • If you don’t like tap water, get a filter system.
  • When possible, print notes/papers/etc on both sides of the paper.
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag with you on all shopping trips.
  • Walk, bike or take public transportation as much as possible.
  • Sell or donate unwanted items instead of throwing them away (See “Chuck it for Charity” below).
  • If you want more information on being sustainable, pull up your favorite internet browser and search ways to sustainable, there will be 100s of ideas for you to choose from.

 

Signature Programs

The following are recurring sustainability programs that take place on campus:

 

  • Chuck it for Charity  -  Unwanted items are collected at the end of each semester. They are then sorted and donated to local charities and groups. 
  • Recycle Mania - This is a way for multiple campuses to compete for being the most sustainable. During a 10-week period in spring colleges and universities across the United States and Canada weigh their trash and recycling and are ranked based on which campus recycles the highest percentage and produces the least amount of trash.
  • Garnet and Gold Goes Green - The friendly face of recycling at all football games in Doak Campbell Stadium. This initiative encourages fans to recycle their beverage containers at the games.
  • Phantom Slayer - This initiative seeks to raise awareness about “phantom loads”, or electronics that use energy when they are plugged in or switched “off”. It is a month-long competition between residence halls to reduce their energy consumption.

 

For more information about these and other sustainability programs we encourage you to visit the Sustainable Campus initiative website:

http://sustainablecampus.fsu.edu/

 

Passionate About Sustainability? Get Involved! 

Become an Eco Rep

There are many ways to get involved with promoting sustainability on campus. An excellent opportunity for promoting sustainability in the residence halls is to become an Eco Rep. Eco Reps are elected Hall Government Executives that work directly with the FSU Sustainable Campus Initiative and their residence halls to develop sustainable practices. This ranges from promoting recycling in the halls to designing and implementing hall-wide and campus-wide programs. If you are interested in becoming an Eco-Rep, or would like more information, please explore the following website:

http://sustainablecampus.fsu.edu/

 
Metal Cans
 
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