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Sustainability on Campus


Six Steps to a More Sustainable Residence Hall Room:

  1. Turn the lights off when not in the room.
  2. 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!
  3. If possible to regulate in the room, keep thermostat set below 65 (if heating) or above 75 (cooling).
  4. Properly use recycling and trash bins.  
  5. Do not use disposable water bottles.
  6. Use CFL bulbs in any personal lamps.

20 Things YHC is Doing to Become a More Sustainable Campus:

  1. LEED-certified building projects
  2. Geothermal heating/cooling systems in several residence halls
  3. Switch by food service provider Sodexo to sustainable paper products
  4. Green cleaning supplies used throughout campus
  5. Comprehensive recycling program
  6. More locally grown food and meatless options on the campus dining menu
  7. Campus bee hives providing honey to the dining hall
  8. Plans to plant an organic garden in the spring to grow food for dining hall
  9. Beekeeping classes
  10. Organic gardening classes
  11. Hemlock research (chemical-free approach to saving the trees)
  12. Blight-resistant chestnut tree saplings planted on campus
  13. Sustainability website as a resource to the campus community
  14. SGA Green Fee that funds student-initiated sustainability projects
  15. Composting implemented by the dining hall
  16. Membership in AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
  17. Developing a tree inventory as part of becoming a Tree Campus USA
  18. Designing a plan to minimize electrical usage in residence halls
  19. Program to reduce water usage in residence halls
  20. 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.