As another academic year begins, the Office of Sustainability at Hobart and William Smith is gearing up for its greenest year yet.
“We anticipate that this year’s small improvements to the Green Room Certification process and EcoRep program will further the HWS student body dedication to sustainability,” explains Sustainability Manager Adam Maurer.
“I am really excited about all of the developments in regards to sustainability at the Colleges,” says Sustainability Intern Anna Dorman ’14. “This was our greenest orientation ever and we have the largest and most dedicated group of EcoReps in the program’s history.”
This year, the Green Room Certification program has gone digital. Now in its third year, the certification program is designed to create a campus of sustainable living spaces while helping students gain a basic level of knowledge about the Colleges’ sustainability and environmental practices.
Students who are interested in having their room “green certified” must complete the online Green Room Certification form and have their certification approved by their EcoRep.
“Putting the form online allows for a much more flexible process, so we are hoping that we will be able to reach a much greater proportion of the student body this year. It is fast and easy and allows us to disseminate important information about sustainability initiatives on campus. Plus, it’s paperless!” Dorman explains.
Participants in the certification program can prepare their room by equipping it with any number of items. The Office of Sustainability suggests that participants have reusable water bottles, travel mugs and shopping bags on hand.
Energy efficient light bulbs or LED lights as well as ENERGY STAR certified appliances – including refrigerators and televisions – will also aid the certification process. It is also highly recommended that students have cleaning products that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
Students are asked to think about the amount of energy used to power an inkjet printer, and are urged to consider doing all printing at network printers located in the library. If participants should choose to bring a printer, FSC certified office paper is encouraged. For those really hoping to cut down on their carbon footprint, bringing a bicycle to ride to campus can make a marked difference. If a student does not have access to a bicycle, the Colleges’ Yellow Bike program provides a simple way to get around.
Students interested in the Green Room Certification, EcoRep program, Yellow Bike program, or sustainability at HWS should contact the Office of Sustainability through firstname.lastname@example.org, or talk to your residential assistant or area EcoRep. You can also follow HWS sustainability initiatives and news on twitter (@GreenHWS) or facebook (sustainability at HWS).
The Green Room Certification application is available online.
In the photo above, Eco Reps ride their bikes to Seneca Lake State Park duirng Orientation 2013.