Some Easy Tips for a GREEN Dorm Room
SEAC’s Easy Tips for a GREEN Room 1. Don’t overbuy. Many big box stores will try to tell you what you “need” at college, but the truth is, what you need at school isn’t much different from what you need as home. Bringing items from home will cut costs and reduce waste from packaging. Lawn trash bags, rather than boxes and suitcases, work well for packing up clothing, equipment, etc., fit better in your car, and can be reused for taking your trash to the dumpster after you unpack. 2. Buy efficient appliances. Look for the Energy Star symbol when buying appliances like TVs, refrigerators, etc. Using compact florescent light bulbs instead of incandescent lights will also cut down on the energy you use. When shopping for a computer, consider buying a laptop or LCD display for your desk top computer instead of an energy-wasting CRT monitor. 3. Talk with your roommate, coordinate purchases, and save money and space! Avoid bringing duplicates. 4. Remember, your room is small. Less stuff means less clutter, which means more space. Rooms are equipped with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet, towel bar, and mirror for each person. Most of our students say the well-intentioned organizational aids they bought never got used anyway. 5. Consider buying recycled paper and school supplies with post-consumer content and purchase sweatshop-free or used clothing. 6. Don’t sweat it if you forget it. St. Mary’s is a rural college, but we aren’t on the moon! We have a variety of stores located just 15 minutes from campus. If you’re in doubt about a purchase, wait until you’re moved in and have a need for it. 7. Look for alternative ways to outfit your room. Use this list of places to find cheap, used, or free dorm equipment: Craigslist http://www.craigslist.org/ Freecycle http://www.freecycle.org/ Pennysaver http://www.pennysaverusa.com/ Classified adds in your local newspaper Thrift shops You DON’T need all that stuff! Listed below are room-outfitting suggestions from a big box retailer… The retailers say you need… The students say you need… - Two sheet sets, comforter, duvet cover, sleep - 1-2 sets extra-long sheets, 1-2 blankets, 1-2 mask, toss pillows, inflatable bed, accent rugs, pillows, reading lamp. down comforter - Bowls, plates, mugs, forks, knives, spoons (4 - 1 each bowl, mug, plate, knife, fork and each), 5 chip clips, microwave, refrigerator, spoon, Brita filter pitcher, water bottle, hot pot. blender, toaster oven, coffeemaker, George Toasters, toaster ovens, grills, halogen lights Foreman grill, snack table and anything else with a heating element are not allowed in St. Mary’s residence halls. - Storage trunk, 3 under-the-bed containers, 4 - There’s not enough space for both the storage boxes, CD or DVD storage, 4 bed organizers and you! Hangers and a few storage risers, folding book case, over-the-door crates will suffice. Talk with your roommate storage, shoe rack, storage cart, 24 hangers, before buying something large like a bookcase. mesh cubes, 3-6 milk crates, modular storage shelves, 4 drawer organizers, duffle bag - Lap desk, floor lamp, paper shredder, bed - Dry erase board and poster tack. rest, one touch stapler, dry erase board, desk lock… Brought to you by SEAC, the Student Environmental Action Coalition! An SGA-sponsored club.