Sustainable Living on campus

Wondering how to reduce the size of your paw print on campus?


BYOB - Bring Your Own Bike

Bring your bike to campus and ride to local shopping centers or along the Perkiomen trail! This reduces your carbon "pawprint" and gets you out and about as well.

Bikeshare Don't have your own bike? Join BikeShare for only $10 per academic year!
Books Rent your books each semester instead of buying them and having them sit on your shelf untouched for years! Some resources include Chegg and eCampus.  Do you like keeping your books? Then try and buy used books from the on campus
Bookstore or another used book site such.
Dining Eat more vegetarian meals, eat organically grown food when available, eat locally grown food
Shower Every minute in the shower you use 2.5 gallons of water, so a 10 minute shower = 25 gallons of water wasted! Cut down your shower time as much as possible and save water.
Studying Study in the Library where lights are already on, instead of using your room lights.  Make sure to turn off your lights when you leave the room. 
Electronics Use a power strip for your electronic devices so that you only have to worry about switching it on or off instead of trying to unplug every single device.
Lighting Trade in your regular lightbulb for a free CFL at Facilities Services


Water Use reusable water bottles and fill up at one our water stations or water fountains acrossed campus!
Moving Out When you move out at the end of the year, think about all the things you can reuse the following year - whether you are a student returning to college or a senior starting a new life somewhere.  This prevents perfectly reusable items from ending up in the landfill and it saves you the cost of buying those items again.
Clothes Shop for next-to-new clothing (and other stuff) at Liberty Thrift or Goodwill.  You may have to hunt a bit, but you'll spend less and find unique clothes!


In Your Room All freshmen rooms are fitted with personal recycling bins that are part of the room.  Each student is responsible for emptying their blue bin into a hallway recycling bin.  If you live in a house that has few recycling bins or only outdoor recycling stations, talk to your RA about getting personal recycling bins for each room in your house.  Each recycling bin becomes part of the room and is inventoried at the end of each year.  *If bin is missing students will be charged the cost of replacing the recycling bin* *Students are responsible for emptying these bins into the closest recycling receptacle*


Get Involved!

Student Groups:

-UCGreen Sustainability Fellows



-APPLY!! UCGreen Fellows &  EcoReps


Green Purchasing

Sustainability Events

Sustainability-Related Courses

Off Campus Opportunities

Sustainable Living


What Can I Recycle?


Coming Soon:





Green Certification

Resources -

Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living Guide

Live Sustainably Initiative

Eco-Driving Guidelines

Power It Down Initiative

What to recycle

Where to recycle

Residence Life & Sustainability

Sodexo & Sustainability