Sustainability

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

 

118.7
tons
of glass, metal, plastic recycled
145.7
tons
of paper recycled
254.4
tons
compost and compostables
590.6
tons
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.