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Sustainability on Campus
Six Steps to a More Sustainable Residence Hall Room:
- Turn the lights off when not in the room.
- All non-essential appliances (i.e. fridges and clocks) should be turned off and unplugged (or on a power strip that is turned off). This includes cell phone chargers, chargers, TVs, stereos, computers, gaming systems, coffeemakers, hairdryers, curling irons, etc. Some appliances can draw up to 40% power even when turned off!
- If possible to regulate in the room, keep thermostat set below 65 (if heating) or above 75 (cooling).
- Properly use recycling and trash bins.
- Do not use disposable water bottles.
- Use CFL bulbs in any personal lamps.
20 Things YHC is Doing to Become a More Sustainable Campus:
- LEED-certified building projects
- Geothermal heating/cooling systems in several residence halls
- Switch by food service provider Sodexo to sustainable paper products
- Green cleaning supplies used throughout campus
- Comprehensive recycling program
- More locally grown food and meatless options on the campus dining menu
- Campus bee hives providing honey to the dining hall
- Plans to plant an organic garden in the spring to grow food for dining hall
- Beekeeping classes
- Organic gardening classes
- Hemlock research (chemical-free approach to saving the trees)
- Blight-resistant chestnut tree saplings planted on campus
- Sustainability website as a resource to the campus community
- SGA Green Fee that funds student-initiated sustainability projects
- Composting implemented by the dining hall
- Membership in AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
- Developing a tree inventory as part of becoming a Tree Campus USA
- Designing a plan to minimize electrical usage in residence halls
- Program to reduce water usage in residence halls
- The College's Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagment (CASCE) is developing a "Swap Shop" that allows students, faculty and staff to donate and take a variety of items in an effort to reduce waste and educate the campus community about reusing and repurposing things.