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.
GREEN ON THE SCREEN
Sustainability Film Series
Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m. Rooker Fireside Lounge
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. WATCH the trailer.
Wednesday, February 25, 7 p.m. Rooker Fireside Lounge
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. WATCH the trailer.
Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m. Rooker Fireside Lounge
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. WATCH the trailer.
Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m. Rooker Fireside Lounge
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. WATCH the trailer.