- Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions with programs to reduce residence hall move-in and move-out waste.
- Environmental Benefits: As more and more industries start to use recyclables as raw materials to manufacture new products, it will be increasingly feasible to recycle many items that we may currently throw away. The greatest environmental benefits are achieved through source reduction and reuse. Actually, reducing waste whenever possible results in even more environmental benefits than recycling.
- Scoring: Institutions earn 0.25 points for meeting the criteria outlined above.
CSU Channel Islands Summary:
CI’s incoming residents are encouraged to bring the bare minimum, since students are provided with useful supplies, which are held at the two village offices. Cleaning items: Vacuum cleaners, buckets, mops, brooms, dust pans, and zip-its. Students are also encouraged to separate, flatten and recycle cardboard boxes.
At the end of the semester, CI staff communicates the importance of continuing to live green during move-out by donating items that can be reused and providing many recycle bins for those materials that can be recycled. Suggestions of specific items that could be reused or recycled are provided to residents. During the actual move-out week, housing staff helps monitor this process to reduce waste and encourage reuse and recycling. In 2010, this was a four-step process: students swap meet; donation for reuse; recycling, and as a last resort…disposal.
Information Received From:
Janel Suliga: Associate Director, Housing and Residential Education