San Diego, California (WiredPRNews.com) — This fall, the students of Sarah Lawrence’s Warren Green hall will work together to go “green”, drying laundry on clothes lines and monitoring power consumption. They will share appliances, shopping and cooking to reduce energy and wastage and will use electricity as little as possible.
A large number of colleges have become environmentally conscious over the last few years with recycling efforts and campus cleanups usually led by student body. Now, the focus has been shifted to where these students reside, creating a green residence hall that is a popular destination for eco-minded students. While some keep greenery in mind while building a new residence hall, others renovate it to make it more sustainable and implement different programs aimed at promoting permanent lifestyle changes.
There is a total of 236 buildings in the college campus that have been LEED certified by US Green Building Council and 1,547 campus structures are registered to LEED which means that they are on their way to achieve the certification. The LEED system gives credit to reused structural materials and elements.
Though going eco-friendly may save money in the future by reducing water usage and energy consumption, the efforts can be quite costly. If colleges continue to raise their costs, the students will tend to leave the campus and incoming students may think twice about applying. It puts a great deal of pressure on college authorities as room and board rates are also part of living affordability on campus. The greener college campuses are made, the more money has to be spent on it. That is why there is need to call for alternative funding.
Some of the initiatives taken by the UCSD include providing re-usable plastic ware in dining halls and cafes, purchasing eco-friendly furniture and giving an individual recycling basket to each resident. The green initiatives for schools teach the students how they can be environmentally conscious so that when they go from the campus, they can think about using environmentally friendly goods and services only.