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Green Residence Hall

Similar to the Green Office program, residents can participate in a program that recognizes that they are reducing their environmental footprint.

Want to be certified?  Ask your Resident Advisor to hold a program on the certification! The Resident Advisor should e-mail gogreen@gmu.edu for more information and access to the survey. Take the survey and see if you and your floor are certified! At least 50% of the residents on your floor need to be certified to earn Green Residence Hall Certification.  Here are a few things you can do to reduce your individual impact on the environment (and it will get you points in the program)...

Steps to Become More Sustainable

  • Ensure that laptops are set to energy saving mode. This can be done in the "Power Options" on most computers.
  • Unplug electronics such as lamps, chargers, printers, coffee makers, etc. when not in use. Appliances that are turned off but still plugged in will continue to use energy. Or plug all your appliances into a surge protector to easily turn them all off at once!
  • Invest in Compact Fluorescent or LED bulbs for all personal lamps. They are more energy efficient and last longer!
  • Remember to turn off the thermostat when windows are open.
  • Set your printer default to print double-sided.
  • Check to see if your appliances are EnergySTAR certified.  
  • Make sure everyone is aware of and using the recycling bins on campus. Mason accepts cardboard, white paper, mixed paper, co-mingled glass, aluminum, and plastics #1 to 7.
  • Use reusable dishware, utensils, water bottles, cups, mugs, and bags.
  • Use Eco-Friendly all-purpose cleaning products.
  • Use the cold water setting when washing your clothes to save the energy needed to heat up water.
  • Use a drying rack instead of the dryer. 
  • Purchase used clothes from thrift stores or consignment shops instead of buying new items.
  • Try to eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables!   It's healthier and better for the environment. 
  • Join a sustainability-related group on campus! Meet cool people and help make Mason more sustainable!
 
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