Established in 2008, the sustainability initiative, RU Green, originated as a student-led effort through the Student Government Association with the support of the administration, faculty and staff. The vision of RU Green is to incorporate the concepts and practices of sustainability into the academic, administrative and daily life of Reinhardt University so the University's students, faculty and staff act as responsible stewards of the environment. RU Green is a continuing process of integration and will be accomplished through resource management, community education, and increased curricular emphasis.
Why go Green?
People are realizing that there are several environmental problems that continue to grow. These problems stem from human interactions with the earth. These problems include a decline in natural resources, pollution, and much more. These problems can no longer go ignored. For this reason, Reinhardt is doing its part to thank and preserve the earth by going Green.
If you are interested in being a part of RU Green, please contact the Program Assistant for RU Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is RU doing to go Green?
Reinhardt University supports continual improvement in sustainability education, building design and operations, landscaping, procurement, energy and water conservation, waste minimization, recycling and services. Efforts include:
- Celebrating Earth Day on campus each spring since 1997.
- Establishing the RU Green sustainability advisory committee.
- Retrofitting restrooms with waterless urinals.
- Retrofitting restrooms with light fixture to produce energy savings.
- Use “green” housekeeping supplies and chemicals.
- Expanded the University recycling program.
- Installed bike racks at each academic, residential and recreational building.
- Planted a Xeriscape around the Funk Heritage Center’s Bennet Museum
- Restoring the University’s Burgess Arboretum.
- Developing 7-miles of hiking and biking trails on campus.
- Created recovery area within the maintenance facility for all campus waste including:
- Used oil to recycle,
- Used oil filters for disposal,
- Used paint products for disposal,
- Used gas and mineral spirit products for disposal,
- Used light bulbs, ballast and exit light batteries etc. for disposal,
- Used photo processing fluid from Fincher Arts for disposal,
- Biology waste from the Biology Department for disposal.
What can you do to help?
There is a lot you can do on and off campus to be more “Green”. Here are a few suggestions:
- Make sure to utilize the recycling bins located around campus! Educate yourself on the recycling available for your use! Putting in a little effort will go a long way in helping our campus produce less waste.
- Turn off the lights! Conserve energy by turning off the lights unplugging electronics and chargers when they are not being used.
- Take advantage of reusable bags. Try to use these when shopping rather than plastic bags.
- Buy used books or rent. This cuts down on costs of production and the usage of paper.
- Turn your computer completely off when not in use.
- Avoid plastic water bottles for drinks. Instead, use a BPA-free reusable bottle and a water filter to save money and stay hydrated.
- Bring a reusable tote bag to the supermarket for groceries. Try to avoid using too many plastic bags—500 billion plastic bags are used globally each year, and the majority of them go straight to landfills!
- Visit local secondhand shops before your purchase brand new furniture, clothes, or appliances. Many items are gently used and will serve you well in the dorm! Try Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and others.
- Shed Some Light! For personal lights and lamps, try to choose CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs). These bulbs come in all shapes and sizes, and can use up to 75% less energy as a standard bulb, and last up to 10 times longer.
Power Up & Unplug: 95% of power used goes into heating a charger, even when it is not being used! So use a power strip for your many electronics and simply flip it off when you leave the room.
Top Five Ways You Can Go Green
1. Turn off lights when you leave a room.
2. Switch out your lightbulbs to energy-saving bulbs.
3. Drink water from a reusable container.
4. Carpool when running errands in town.
5. Tell a friend what they can do to go green.