In support of the University's initiatives related to sustainability, University Housing has made a commitment to green practices in our work and business processes. Here are a few examples of sustainable or green practices being utilized in our department:
In the past, the paper purchase requisition form was completed by staff members requesting to purchase goods and services. The electronic form allows our staff to save paper, toner, fuel in driving the form to the office that receives the forms and staff time.
In the past, staff had been required to complete a paper form to provide a business justification for missing a punch on the time clock. The electronic form allows our staff to save paper, toner, fuel in driving the form to the office that receives the forms and staff time.
Residence Education created an online RA application (utilizing Sharepoint, a secure site) to reduce the amount of paper and to make the RA applications more accessible to the selection committee and professional staff. This saves paper, toner and staff time.
In the past, recruitment guides/brochures were developed to market the Coordinator for Residence Education position. The CRE Recruitment has now created a flash drive with various documents and information to give to CRE candidates. This flash drive saves paper and on printing costs. The flash drive also allows for various multi-media to be utilized in one location (text documents, videos, presentations, etc.).
By allowing our residents to contract online, University Housing saves money on printing two-part NCR forms and it allows the students to complete the contract in a quick and efficient manner.
The ERUs recover the heating and cooling (depending on the season) from the exhausted air. Normal exhaust fans would lose this air. The ERU is equipped with an energy wheel that recovers this air. This results in energy savings for the department (and our residents) and assists with keeping air temperature and humidity levels at a comfortable level.
The T-8 is a smaller energy efficient (and brighter) bulb. Motion detectors have been installed in study rooms and hallways to shut off lights when not in use.
This installation has allowed the Facilities staff to set the temperature range from 68 to 74 degrees. Variable speed pumps were also installed in equipment rooms. This has been done under an Energy Service Group contract that guarantees our department (and our residents) energy savings.
This has helped to eliminate plastic bottles in the landfill. More bottle filler water fountains will be gradually introduced over time to other residence halls.
Three primary cleaners are used by University Housing Building Services staff for routine daily cleaning.
The other two products, True 7 and Star Spray, meet the Green Seal environmental standard for industrial and institutional cleaners based on reduced human and environmental toxicity and reduced volatile organic compound content.
Smart Centers are installed in every custodial closet. Smart Center is a push button proportioning system to ensure proper dilution of cleaning products which reduces the excessive use of cleaning products.
University Housing provides centralized collection sites in each residence hall where students may take plastic, metal and paper. University Housing also makes a dedicated effort to reduce the amount of cardboard that ends up in the landfill by sending cardboard to the campus recycling center.