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Volume 4, Issue 2

Athens-Clarke County Goes Single-Stream

November 2011

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Living Green

A newsletter for housing residents about department sustainability initiatives

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Athens-Clarke County has recently moved to “single-stream” recycling. This refers to a method of collection that allows materials to be blended rather than sorted prior to drop off to the recycling center. Additionally, the ACC recycling facility now has the storage space to accommodate more types of plastics to be recycled. Residents in Athens-Clarke County can recycle cans (aluminum, aerosol or metal), plastic drinking bottles and paper. Since October 24th, the numbers of plastic able to be recycled includes bottles and containers labeled #1 through #5 and #7. In addition, rigid plastics (e.g., laundry baskets, milk crates, buckets, trash cans, bins) can now be recycled. Paper products to recycle include paperback books, cata-

logs, phonebooks, magazines, junk mail (including envelopes with plastic windows), newspaper, paper bags, computer paper, cereal boxes (flattened) and pizza boxes (with food/grease scraps removed). When recycling containers, plastic caps and lids are recyclable. However, glass bottle and jar lids should be removed before recycling. Items that cannot be recycled as part of the single-stream program include shredded paper (the shredded paper attaches to the other materials at the separation location), plastic bags (recycle these at the grocery store), napkins, tissues, paper cups/plates, glassware, wire hangers, batteries, light bulbs and ceramics.

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Athens-Clarke County has recently moved to “_____-_____” _____. Every year the Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosts a large-scale program in the month of March in celebration of sustainability. This year, the program will be held on _____ at _____p.m. One of the spring sustainability films is _____ 2100 and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Cindy Rooker Fireside Lounge in Rooker Hall. The date will be announced after winter break. It will be a blue card event! Ben Bradshaw is living green by reusing! For instance, he notes turning a powdered lemonade container into a _____ _____ or a _____ _____. Building 1516 received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the _____ level. University Housing has started installing water bottle filling stations in the residence halls. The week leading up to fall break, Creswell Hall had _____ new water fountains installed. In two weeks, the refilling station in the lobby alone saved more than _____ water bottles from being thrown away in a land fill. Typical sinks provide _____ to _____ gallons of water per minute. Every _____ Counts/Every _____ Counts is the name of the program facilitated by the Students for Environmental Action (SEA) in partnership with University Housing with the goal to increase energy and water conservation practices among residential students.


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Residence Hall Association Sustainability Update

As active members of the Residence Hall Association, the executive board and members of the sustainability committee are constantly inspired by University Housing’s endeavors to promote sustainable living on campus. This inspiration has fueled our activities this semester as we have taken on a few new initiatives within RHA. In October, representatives from various communities complained that there were not enough recycling stations in their buildings. After asking other students within our general body, we discovered there were five halls whose representatives felt similarly. RHA com-

Campus Sustainability Grants—Call for Proposals

municated this feedback to University Housing, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Joel Eizenstat for helping us get another recycling station placed in each of the following halls: Payne, Reed, Mary Lyndon, Rutherford and OHouse. Additionally, he helped provide the means to allow RHA to expand a current recycling practice to hall and community councils. As we mentioned in the last issue of Living Green, RHA always places recycling bins at our programs to ensure convenient recycling of cans and plastic bottles for residents. Hall and community councils wished to mimic this action, so RHA acquired a smaller set of recycling bins that can be checked out by councils for their programs in an effort to reduce waste. In addition to making recycling more convenient and efficient across campus by increasing recycling bins, our committees are also seeking to help educate residents on living sustainably. For those who are not sure what can and cannot be recycled, our sustainability committee will soon be placing flyers at each recycling station within the residence halls. The flyer we plan to print has been provided by the Of-

fice of Sustainability and contains information regarding the dos and don’ts of recycling under the new, single-stream system. Another way we are seeking to educate our fellow residents on living more sustainably is an initiative we are calling the One Thing Campaign, which we hope to host during the week after Thanksgiving break and potentially again in the spring. Members of the sustainability committee will be in the lobbies of various residence halls asking residents to pledge to change one simple thing about their daily habits that will reduce waste, energy use, or water use. Faculty and staff are welcome to pledge as well. That will wrap up this semester’s efforts to support University Housing’s promotion of sustainable practices, but we look forward to continuing the mission in the spring. Please save the date for our principal sustainability event that will take place on March 8th at 5 p.m. on Myers Quad. Details are yet to be determined, but we are looking forward to it, and hope everyone will attend!

Sustainability Film Series—Spring Info

The UGA Office of Sustainability offers the campus sustainability grants program to provide funding for competitive, studentproposed projects and initiatives designed to advance campus sustainability. For more information on submitting a grant, visit http:// www.sustainability.uga.edu/

University Housing sponsors a yearlong sustainability film series. All monthly films are shown on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Cindy Rooker Fireside Lounge in Rooker Hall. All members of the university and surrounding communities are invited to view these films, which focus on environmental awareness and sustainability issues. The spring lineup of films include:

Pre-proposal deadline is November 28, 2011

Earth 2100; To change our future, first we must imagine it

Countdown to Zero; From the people who brought you An Inconvenient Truth, a film about our nuclear threat Bag It; Is your life too plastic? The End of the Line; Where have all the fish gone? Look for posters providing more descriptions of the films and announcing the spring film schedule when you return from winter break. We hope to see you there!


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Student Spotlight: Ben Bradshaw chair, where he has greatest possibility of reaching residents on campus with his sustainability efforts.

In regards to sustainability efforts across campus, Ben Bradshaw is the student to watch and to follow. He is a nineteen-year-old sophomore studying foreign language education/Spanish (A.B./B.S.Ed.) and minoring in TESOL. He lives in Myers Hall, as he did last year, and earned this dual opportunity because of his place in the Honors program where he currently holds a 3.82 GPA. His extracurricular activities include the National Residence Hall Honorary, American Sign Language Dawgs and the Residence Hall Association. In RHA, he serves as the vice president and sustainability committee

In his personal life, Ben has been practicing sustainable efforts from his childhood. His mother began a “crafts closet” where typical home goods were reused in some way, shape or form. Bottle caps became paint containers for art projects, and scrap paper from school papers or newspapers was used to create young artistic masterpieces. At one time, his family attempted a compost pile, but the family pet, a ravenous dog, proved to be the best consumer for uneaten food, so that no part of any meal went to waste. Homemade, reusable costumes were the ticket around Halloween. One year, Ben wore an orange top and pants with stripes made of black electrical tape to transform from a young boy into a ferocious tiger. In high school, Ben took these efforts his family had always practiced and began to make his own sustainable changes. While working

at his local CVS as a cashier, he started using reusable bags and encouraged his family and the customers to do the same with their purchases. Now that he is in college, he drives less and walks more. He is never seen without his Nalgene (a reusable water bottle). In his room, he separates paper, plastic and aluminum before taking these recycled items to the recycle bins located in his residence hall. He makes an effort to conserve water by limiting his showers to ten minutes and reuses storebought containers for various projects, such as turning a powdered lemonade container into a pencil jar or a snack container. The efforts he is making aren’t extravagant—they are possible and realistic. If every student on campus was even a tenth committed as Ben is to sustainability, then the results would be outstanding. He is blazing a path as a student leader at UGA, and when he graduates in a couple years, his impact on sustainability efforts on campus will be remarkable.

Upcoming UGA Office of Sustainability and Other Campus Events . . .

December 2

First Friday EATS “It’s SOOO Easy Being Green” 12 p.m.; Joe Frank Harris Commons, Rotunda (1st floor)

December 2

Spring 2012 Office of Sustainability Intern Applications Due For more information, visit http://sustainability.uga.edu/site/whatyoucando/internship_program

December 6

Odum School of Ecology Seminar Series “Sources, Sinks and Sustainability” 4 p.m.; 201 Ecology Auditorium

January 28

Green Life Expo (registration is now open) Classic Center

For more information about these events and additional upcoming events, visit http://www.sustainability.uga.edu/site/events


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Building 1516 takes the LEED The latest compliment to the residence halls, Building 1516, received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the gold level. This designation represents a conscious effort by University Housing to provide environmentally and energy-efficient housing. The building began operations fall of 2010 and protects our environment with a balance of physical features, sustainable building techniques and operational concepts. The short list below illustrates a few:

1516 utilizes energy recovery devices to reduce the costs of ventilation and fresh air requirements of building codes. These devices help to transfer heat and moisture to and from the ventilation in order to reduce the costs of supplying fresh air. Switches are supplied on student room windows to interrupt the conditioning of the room if left open. This prevents unnec-

essary heat and cooling if windows are opened and the room becomes unoccupied. High-efficiency lighting fixtures and concepts were implemented to minimize electrical input at each desired lighting output. Fixtures were chosen to accept energy efficient lamps and bulbs. Student rooms received fixtures capable of operating at full and ½ lighting levels to improve student comfort in an energy conscious manner. The building was insulated to provide the best balance of energy management and first cost. The building has heating and cooling equipment that maximize outputs and minimize inputs. This has improved the overall utility costs per square foot from comparable residence halls as much as 33%. Building components were chosen to improve the longevity of service. The copper roofing has an expected 75 year life. The exteriors were installed in a manner to improve service life

and improve the ease of maintenance. A review of each component was conducted to ensure the appropriate life expectancy and initial investment was financially and environmentally responsible. Local products and services were chosen to ensure the local economies benefitted from this build and carbon emissions from transportation were minimized. Products from Georgia include toilets, flooring, concrete components and lighting. The design and construction team were firms based in Georgia and more than 90% of the sub-contractors were from Georgia.

Refillable Water Stations in Creswell Hall The week leading up to fall break, Creswell Hall had 10 new water fountains installed. These water fountains aren’t just any water fountains—they have touch-less water bottle filling stations! Nine of the water fountains are located on the residential floors and the other one is in the main lobby. These water bottle fillers are sustainable in so many ways. First, by refilling water bottles, this reduces the number of plastic bottles being dumped in landfills. Each water bottle filler station has a counter noting all the water bottles that have been saved from going to the landfills as a result of using the refillable station. It counts a water bottle for

every 10 ounces. In two weeks of use, the water fountain in the lobby has saved more than 330 water bottles from being thrown away in a land fill. Secondly, you may not be aware, but plastic water bottles are made from crude oil. By reusing a refillable water bottle, oil is not being wasted in making the plastic bottles and in transporting them to the landfill. Finally, these water fountains are sustainable on your wallet! Everyone wants to save money. So next time you’re walking through Creswell, be sustainable and fill up your water bottle.


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Your Challenge . . .to Be a Water Savvy Student Imagine the world with dwindling water supplies. That’s exactly what Oklahoma is facing over the next months. With no end to a record drought in sight, many residents are simply leaving to find more water. This sounds like the plot of a futuristic natural disaster book or movie. However, it is very real. Please see the links below to articles on this very issue. h t t p : / / www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/ 0 6 / 2 0 1 1 - d r o u g h t oklahoma_n_845419.html http://www.tulsabeacon.com/? p=5269 http://newsok.com/oklahomadrought-quotes/article/3592405 Because this issue seems so daunting, one might not realize how much of an impact one individual can have on conserving water. Some of the simplest tasks can make a big impact. Saving water is a numbers game. Once you understand the concepts of time and the impact on water usage, becoming a water savvy student can be easy and somewhat fun. Begin your fun by examining the many tasks utilizing water. Shower time is the biggest opportunity where a water savvy student can make big improvements. On average, showers use 2½ gal-

lons/minute. Therefore, shortening your shower by one minute saves 2½ gallons/day, 17½ gallons/week and 912½ gallons/year. Shortening a shower may seem difficult— especially if you shave or require rinsing long hair. However, take the time to pick apart every step you perform during a shower and prepare a mental plan to reduce the time a shower is on. Some helpful hints can include arranging your soaps and shampoos in order in which you intend to use them. If you have a hold time on a particular hair product simply start with your hair, continue to wash the rest of your body and rinse all at one time. Finally, if you’re really into saving water, simply turn the water on once to wet down, turn the water off to soap up, and turn it back on to rinse. The bathroom sink is also another excellent place to reduce water usage. Typical sinks provide 1½ to 2 gallons of water per a minute. Each minute reduced per day saves between 10½ to 14 gallons/week and 546 to 728 gallons/year. And yes, it is possible to save water and be health conscious. Many turn on the water and allow it to run until they dry their hands with a paper towel. They will then use this towel to turn off the water so as to avoid touching the faucet with their bare, clean hands. This is an excellent way to avoid contracting a cold or the flu. However, there are ways to reduce

water and avoid spreading germs. If you collect two paper towels prior to washing, you can reduce your water time significantly by following this procedure. Turn on the water with bare hands, wet them down and turn off the water with bare hands. Second, soap your hands good and massage as described by health professionals. Use one of the paper towels to turn on the water and rinse. You can discard this soapy towel and use the second towel to dry and turn the faucet off for the second time. If you soap for 15 seconds, this will save approximately 409 to 546 gallons/year if you wash your hands three times a day. You can achieve a similar result by using a reduced stream of water. If you reduce the stream by one-half, you will save the same amount as if you wash your hands three times a day and the wash time lasts 30 seconds. The numbers game can go on and on. Think about washing clothes and dishes; cooking and cleaning. Every time a faucet is on and not in use, valuable water is lost down the drain. Spend some time this week to reflect on your impact and act. A small change can save thousands of gallons each year. For other tips, go to http:// www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/hace/ HACE-E-69.pdf. Good luck to all our future water savvy students.

Any size toner or ink cartridge can be recycled at UGA! It’s easy. Just drop the cartridge in an envelope addressed to Central Office Supply and send it through campus mail!


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The University of Georgia Division of Student Affairs University Housing Russell Hall Athens, GA 30602 Phone: 706-542-1421 Fax: 706-542-8595 E-mail: housing@uga.edu http://housing.uga.edu/

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Every Watt/Every Drop Counts Between October 31st and November 18th, a pilot project, facilitated by the Students for Environmental Action, Office of Sustainability and University Housing, commenced with a goal to increase energy and water conservation practices among residential students. A similar program was also being piloting in academic buildings around campus at the same time.

strategies was piloted in two to three residence halls. In addition, a couple residence halls were identified as “control� halls, and although the residents did not receive any of the messages through the strategies stated above, their use of water and energy will be compared against those in the halls where the pilot programs took place. Upon review of the project, a strategy or combination of strategies may be identified to expand in the rest of the residence halls to encourage water and energy conservation efforts.

Living Green is a quarterly newsletter distributed to University Housing residents and staff members and is written and published by the Department of University Housing at The University of Georgia.

The project was designed to determine if there was a particular strategy that was more effective in increasing the conservation water and energy. One strategy involved providing residents with information through written messages such as posters and non-adhesive stickers. Another strategy involved a social marketing campaign. This campaign focused on peer-to-peer messages that lead to the belief that positive action is the norm. Each of these

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2011 Green Cup Results

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Carla Dennis, Editor cadennis@uga.edu

Contributors for this issue:

Ben Bradshaw Matthew Deason Carla Dennis Joel Eizenstat Kim Ellis Denise Stanchek Angie Switon Kristy Walker Abby Whorton

The third annual Green Cup sustainability competition was held this year between Hill Community residence halls. This program is presented through a partnership with the UGA Office of Sustainability and University Housing. Throughout the competition, each hall strived to reduce their electricity and water consumption, increase recycling efforts to reduce waste and have the highest attendance at contest events. In 2010, Hill Hall won by lowering its overall water consumption to 29 gallons per person a day. In 2009,

Mell Hall was the Green Cup winner after reducing its electricity use by more than 17 percent. This year, Hill Hall emerged again as the Green Cup winner. Their efforts in recycling were truly amazing! For the 2011 completion, recycling bins were set up on each residence hall floor to encourage even more recycling. Not only did the contest help to reduce electricity, water and waste, it also brought the community together in the cause of sustainability. Students were engaged in actively turning off unnecessary lights, unplugging unused appliances, taking shorter showers and recycling.


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