Student Affairs “Green” Initiatives


  • Use email and websites to communicate with campus community and prospective students.
  • Forms and surveys are available on-line as an effort to reduce paper use.
  • Purchase eco-friendly products when possible.
  • Conserve electricity by turning off lights in rooms seldom used. Motion lighting would be helpful.
  • Recycle paper products, print cartridges, etc. where possible. A campus-wide program with labeled recycling bins placed around campus could be considered.
  • Encourage utilizing in-house resources and materials, video conferences and teleconferences when possible for training, to reduce travel.
  • Encourage employee and student participation in a Campus Green Campaign.
  • Adjust thermostat to conserve energy, where access is available.
  • Turn off electronics when not in use.
  • Print/copy on both sides of paper when feasible.
  • Recycle used paper into notepads.


  • Distribute give-a-ways in reusable bags rather than in plastic bags.
  • Minimize use of full size brochures and move to small postcards for distribution, directing people to our web sites.
  • Beginning this summer (2008), Student Services uses a Bb account to share documents, submit information/reports, and provide input thereby reducing paper products.

Additionally, all departments and individuals in Student Services are committed to:

  • Adjusting thermostats in offices to conserve energy.
  • Using email and department web sites (and other appropriate technology) to communicate with campus community.
  • Turn off electronics and lights when not in use.
  • Using natural light where possible and appropriate.
  • Printing on both sides of paper when appropriate.
  • Closing curtain/blinds at end of day.
  • Recycle used copy paper within offices.

University Counseling Center

  • Outreach, highlighting the mental health benefits of “going green.”
  • Began last academic year using Groupwise for scheduling – no more paper book.
  • Will be purchasing iMed to go to next level of paperless documentation.
  • Walking to other departments on campus versus driving (when weather appropriate).
  • Live plants in office to decrease carbons.
  • Conduct mindfulness oriented programs, addressing our collective connection and responsibilities.

University Health Services

  • Implement an EMR system (iMed) to eliminate use of paper for student/patient records.
  • Include Green initiatives in all educational programming efforts in  Student Union, and university housing.
  • Encourage students (and staff) to walk or bicycle on campus as opposed to driving.

Women’s Resource and Services

  • Will conduct programs and outreach consistent with 2009 Women’s History Month theme “Women: Taking the Lead to Save the Planet.”
  • Additionally, will elaborate on this theme by collaborating with Wellness Education and other appropriate departments to highlight and encourage “going green” initiatives.
  • Add one “Go Green” idea to educational handouts, flyers etc.
  • Find out what, if any, state contract office products are made with recycled material and buy/use those.


Office of Disability Services/Crisis Intervention

  • Look forward to possibly purchasing iMed for paperless documentation.
  • Use TutorTrac to schedule tests (no more paper appointment book).
  • Use MS Access database to track status of tests (no more paper book).
  • Created office surveys on website for submission (no more survey handouts).
  • Live plants in office to decrease carbons.

Campus Recreation

  • Raise the air conditioning thermostat in the Ayo Pool Building to 85 degrees when leaving the building in the evening.Residence Halls

Wellness Education/SEALs

  • Conduct outreach that educates about and provides opportunities to practice the interrelationship between wellness and going green (i.e. the dual benefits of walking/cycling in lieu of driving).


Residence Halls

  • Launch an energy conservation campaign to include education and building competition.
  • Investigate the feasibility of a recycling program in the residence halls.
  • Install water conserving shower heads in the bathrooms and motion detectors on sinks.
  • Install motion detectors on light switches for common spaces.
  • Enforce wattage restriction on appliances that are used in the residence halls.
  • Install washers in the residence halls with settings for “small” loads thereby using less water.
  • Adjust thermostats in residence hall to 70.
  • Install coin operated filtered water dispensers in the residence halls or Student Union thereby reducing the amount of plastic waste.
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs in all of the halls.
  • 80% of the products used in the halls are green friendly.
  • Moving toward making many of the paper forms/processes electronic.


Campus-wide conservation initiatives that should be considered:

  • Glass, metal, aluminum and cardboard recycling.
  • Electric eye sensors to turn lights on and off in areas that are not used frequently.
  • Cut down on paper printing and use more virtual format of advertising.