Greening Your Dorm Room
How to "Green" Your Dorm Room
Shed Some Light! For personal lights and lamps, try to choose CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs). These bulbs come in all shapes and sizes, and can use up to 75% less energy as a standard bulb, and last up to 10 times longer.
- Power Up & Unplug: 95% of power used goes into heating a charger, even when it is not being used! So use a power strip for your many electronics and simply flip it off when you leave the room.
- Stay Natural: Choosing cleaners with biodegradable chemicals will go a long way to protecting the environment from contamination. Look for soaps, shampoos, and detergents with plant-based ingredients. See examples of green supplies!
- Plates Please: Use inexpensive metal or plastic bowls and utensils in your room that can be washed and reused. Try to avoid paper plates that are thrown out after every use.
- Fill ‘er Up! Avoid plastic water bottles for drinks. Instead, use a BPA-free reusable bottle and a water filter to save money and stay hydrated. Wofford tervis tumblers are available at the Wofford Bookstore.
- Laundry Line: Consider using a drying rack in your room to air-dry your washed clothes. If you need to use the dryer, be sure to clean the lint filter to ensure the machine runs efficiently.
- Bring A Bag: Bring a reusable tote bag to the supermarket for groceries. Try to avoid using too many plastic bags—500 billion plastic bags are used globally each year, and the majority of them go straight to landfills!
- Store It! When the school year comes to a close, consider storing your larger furniture and items. Constantly shipping your things across the country emits greenhouse gases.
- Round 2: Visit local secondhand shops before your purchase brand new furniture, clothes, or appliances. Many items are gently used and will serve you well in the dorm! Try Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and others.
Remember the 3 R’s! REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
- Aluminum Cans: It takes 95% less energy to make a can out of recycled aluminum and produces 95% less greenhouse gases.
- Plastics: Recycled plastic can be made into a number of products, which reduces the need for virgin materials.
- Paper Products: Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees.
- Break down your Cardboard Boxes and recycle them with paper! These boxes will be sorted and recycled appropriately off our campus.
- Glass: Recycling glass reduces waste, saves energy, and conserves natural resources.
- Electronics: Electronic recycling reduces the amount of hazardous materials that may enter our environment.
Make sure to utilize the green, metal recycling bins located around campus! Educate yourself on the recycling available in your dorm buildings! Putting in a little effort will go a long way in helping our campus produce less waste.
Keep an eye out for recycling bins at Wofford’s athletic events! Gold, Black, & Green is pushing for Gameday Recycling and would love the support of our Terrier fans. The efforts will really kick into gear for tailgaters during the 2012 football season, so get ready to “Go Green!”