Through the selection and purchase of products and services that minimize environmental impact, we aim to reduce the environmental footprint of our residence halls. Some examples are:
- Procurement of
carpet tilesinstead of roll goods. Carpet tiles are made with recyclable content, and allow replacement of individual 2x2' tiles rather than disposal of an entire room's carpet.
- Exploration and use of green cleaning and pest control products that reduce waste and toxic chemicals.
- Replacement of paper housing application forms, contracts and leases with online processes, and use of
electronic mediarather than paper newsletters and flyers. Staff computers are also being replaced with more energy-efficient models.
Housing & Residence Life strives to reuse materials whenever possible, in order to minimize waste. Current initiatives include:
- Utilization of recycled content in all paper products
- Disposal of furniture and other materials through Surplus Property or charity donations so that it can be reused. 1,734 pieces of furniture were sent to Surplus in 2009.
- Sponsorship of the
Chuck It for Charityprogram, which collects reusable furniture, appliances, carpets, clothes and other items that students no longer want at the end of the academic year and provides them to charitable organizations in the Charlottesville community. In 2009 the program diverted approximately
28,500 poundsof waste from landfills.
- Use of recycled content, renewable wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and soy-based foams in furniture
Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In conjunction with U.Va. Recycling, the following efforts are underway:
- Buildings demolished for the Alderman Road Replacement Project are being recycled. 15,606 tons of wire, pipe, brick, concerte, slate and other usable materials were recycled from Dobie, Balz and Watson Houses last year - about
75 percentof the total building materials.
- Placement of recycling collection areas and receptacles in all residence areas. Two-sort containers are provided: glass, aluminum, steel and plastic go in one side, and mixed paper and cardboard goes in the other.
- Administrative, maintenance and housekeeping staff recycle paper, cardboard, batteries, carpet, key blanks and other metals. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year,
400 poundsof obsolete keys were recycled.