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 Physical Plant Division, has developed a comprehensive recycling program to divert as much waste material as possible away from the municipal landfill.
Recycling 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.