Green Dorm Room Advice From the Pros

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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:00 pm

Some creative ideas to help students enjoy “greener” dorm rooms.

“Make sustainable choices easy and fun by offering amenities like recycling bins in each room, composting, a free reusable water bottle and water bottle filling stations, efficient lighting, bike racks, and reusable dishware.” – Roe, Duke University

“Incorporate triple bottom line thinking (people, profit and planet) into every operational decision you make. We have found that the majority of the time the best decision for the environment is also the one that will save money and will have positive outcomes for students, faculty and staff. Also, partner with students and academic programs as much as possible. They are your best resource for innovation and manpower.” – Breeland, Stanford University

“Residential efficiency projects are a significant investment; there are longer paybacks but are still a good investment, although the behavior change component is critical and needs to be sustained every year. Create a pilot before initiating a program across campus. Gather feedback from that specific residence hall before investing too heavily. And, involve students as much as possible. They are living in the space and often provide the most valuable insight.” – Patton, Brown University

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