Sustainability seeks to provide the best outcomes for individuals and the natural environment both now and into the future. University Housing has incorporated the principles of sustainability into the department's daily operations. In addition, University Housing strives to increase environmental awareness among students and staff as well as promote a sustainable community by example and through the education of residents.

There are four primary ways by which University Housing demonstrates its commitment towards sustainability efforts—educational programs and campaigns, water and energy conservation efforts, recycling and other conservation efforts and maintaining a healthy living environment.
View a comprehensive list of department sustainability initiatives.

Click here for the UGA Sustainable Office Initiative (staff only)

Educational Programs and Campaigns

University Housing strives to inform students on the importance of sustainability concepts and provide them with tools and opportunities to be active participants in their environment. Examples of past programs include a sustainability film series, the Green Cup competition in the Hill Community, promotion of ENERGY STAR products and the distribution of Living Green, a quarterly newsletter sent via email to housing residents.

Water and Energy Conservation

University Housing is actively upgrading systems and facilities to conserve natural resources. Examples of initiatives include converting to more energy efficient products (e.g. lighting, windows and insulation), installing water conserving devices and incorporating LEED (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) and other principles into day-to-day maintenance, facility retrofits and future construction.

Recycling and Other Conservation Efforts

University Housing, in collaboration with the UGA Facilities Management Division, has developed a comprehensive recycling program to divert as much waste material as possible away from the municipal landfill.

Recycling and Composting in the Residence Halls

Items to Recycle Recycling Locations
Cardboard Near Russell Hall Dumpsters
Paper Products (office and copy paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, telephone books, etc.) Various Locations
Aluminum and Tin Cans Various Locations
Glass Containers and Bottles Various Locations
Plastic Containers (with a 1 or 2 designation) Various Locations
Aerosol Cans Various Locations

Maintaining a Healthy Living Environment

University Housing recognizes sustainability initiatives can also lead to a healthier living and working environment. Examples of such initiatives include designating the residence halls as smoke free environments, incorporating sustainable design features into Building 1516, fully incorporating green cleaning practices, providing bicycle racks to promote alternative transportation, providing a gardening option for residents at Family and Graduate Housing and purchasing healthy, eco-friendly materials that improve indoor air quality.

Sustainability Film Series
Tuesday, October 14, 7 p.m. Rooker Fireside Lounge
Chattahoochee Unplugged
Some 20 years ago one man dreamed the impossible: “What if we remove the dams?” Chattahoochee Unplugged tells the story of how that dream has finally come true—restoring a key stretch of the Chattahoochee River through Columbus, Ga., to its natural state and at the same time creating the world’s longest urban whitewater run.

Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m. Rooker Fireside Lounge
Tiny:  A Story About Living Small
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his thirtieth birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a five-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a tiny house from scratch despite having no construction experience.  The couple walks away with unexpected lessons about the meaning of home, the importance of place, and the personal impact of sticking with a project that became bigger than they’d ever imagined.

Tuesday, January 13, 7 p.m. location TBD
Growing Cities
In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn't the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They're producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

Tuesday, February 10, 7 p.m. location TBD
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For a Living Planet
Is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement—grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from GreenPeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization... the film tells vivid stories about people fighting—and succeeding—against enormous odds.

Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. location TBD
Shored Up
Shored Up is the story of our coasts, where life on the edge of a rising sea has placed our towns and cities on the front lines of climate change. Following frustrated scientists, confused politicians and level-headed surfers, Shored Up follows the conflicts that are erupting from New Jersey to North Carolina as the ocean rises and we challenge nature to an unwinnable duel.

Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m. location TBD
The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted—until it’s gone.






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