Green is Who We Are

University Housing proudly participates in a wide spectrum of sustainability efforts—from recycling competitions and energy controls to product purchases and general business practices.

We strive toward making the residence halls a “greener” place to live.

University Housing Stats 2015–16


of glass, metal, plastic recycled
of paper recycled
compost and compostables
of total waste diverted

Student Programs and Education

  • Students can donate unwanted clothing and household items at the end of the year to community organizations in a program we call Give Before You Go. They can also donate at Family Housing yard sales. Donated items are distributed to needy families in the Eugene-Springfield area.
  • The Civil War Food Drive and Recycle Mania programs are popular annual competitions with other institutions.
  • University Housing provides shared equipment at each housing service center to help reduce the need for individually purchased items.
  • Students can recycle their laundry cards to be used the next year.
  • Recycle bins are located in each resident’s room and throughout the dining and mail areas.

Dining Service Operations

  • Our dining venues and University Catering focus on in-season goods and local products. They are currently using products from more than 25 local farms.
  • Recycled items such as non-bleached paper napkins are used instead of harmful bleached products whenever available.
  • We use compostable service ware such as coffee cups, drink cups, utensils, plates, and napkins. These items are collected and turned into compost at a local commercial composting site.
  • Multiple water refill stations have been installed to encourage students to refill reusable bottles.
  • Biodiesel fuels are created from spent fryer oils.

Facility Operations and Green Cleaning

  • We’ve replaced all domestic water heaters with double-wall, semi-instantaneous steam heaters for more efficient energy use and quicker response time.
  • We continue to replace heating condensate vacuum systems to ensure maximum return and better heat transfer.
  • Products labeled “green” are certified by Green Seal and considered to be less harmful to human health and the environment.

General Business Practices

  • Consolidate orders when possible to reduce delivery trips to save on packing, fuel, and paperwork.
  • Process orders online and with e-invoices.
  • Purchase recycled goods or goods with recycled content to the greatest extent possible.
  • Purchase computers appliances, and equipment qualified as Energy Star Efficient.
  • Sell or donate surplus or obsolete equipment so it can be reused.
  • Use campus office supply surplus warehouse.
  • Provide networked copiers for document sharing via scan and send technology.
  • Purchase locally when reasonable.
  • Include language on contracts requesting that vendors use recycled materials or sustainable practices to the greatest extent possible.