Recycling & Sustainability

A Leader In Sustainability

With 20 buildings encompassing over 5500 students and a combined professional and student staff of over 250 employees, University Housing chooses to promote environmental consciousness and to educate students and staff alike.  With a strong commitment to sustainability through activities and initiatives, University Housing works every day to bring positive change to the campus.  For more information about sustainability efforts within University Housing, please contact Brad Smith, Facilities Coordinator, at (828)262-6112 or fax your request to (828)262-2945.

Some examples of University Housing's commitment to sustainability are:

  • Several of our recently renovated buildings - Cone, Frank, and Mountaineer halls - have received LEED Gold certification.
  • Renovations and new campus construction projects strive to meet U.S. Green Building Council LEED Certification standards.
  • All residence halls utilize water-saving showers, faucets, and toilets as well as energy-saving light fixtures.
  • All appliances in our residence halls are EPA Energy Star compliant.
  • All University Housing housekeeping cleaning products are biodegradable and green seal certified .
  • Residents have the opportunity to participate in projects designed to reduce environmental impact.
  • Ample numbers of bicycle racks are located across campus for students' convenience.
  • The AppalCART local bus system provides students with an alternative transportation option with stops convenient to the residence halls, academic buildings, and local shopping areas.
  • The Living Green residential learning community offers students the opportunity to continue their education on sustainable practices in a residential setting.


Energy Reduction Tips

  • Unplug your chargers when you are not charging phones, PDAs, digital cameras, cordless tools, and computers.  These are called "phantom loads" and always pull electricity even when devices are not attached to them.
  • Enable the sleep mode on your computer, which allows it to use less power during periods of inactivity.
  • Don't reach for the light switch - use natural daylight instead.
  • Be sure to turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Use the blow dryer less often and for shorter periods of time.
  • Adjust your thermostat up in summer and down in winter.  Reach for a sweater, throw, or blanket in winter.  Do not run heating or cooling systems with your windows open.
  • Take the stairs - elevators use electricity to operate.
  • Always do laundry at full capacity.  Washing one large load takes significantly less energy than washing multiple loads on a low or medium setting.
  • Pre-dry your clothes on a drying rack and finish them in the electric dryer.  This will save you money and energy!  For even more savings, dry your clothes completely on a drying rack.
  • Dry two or more loads back to back.  This uses the heat that is already in the dryer to help dry the next load.
  • Carpool or use public transportation whenever possible.
  • Turn off the water when you are not using it.  For example, while brushing your teeth or shampooing your hair, turn off the water until you actually need it for rinsing.  You will reduce your water bill and help conserve a vital resource at the same time.
  • Be creative!  Get others involved on your floor.