Students living on campus next year will be able to show off their commitment to sustainability.
Residence Life staff and student Eco-Representatives will offer Green Room Certification to students whose rooms or campus apartments meet criteria that promote green living.
Joe Dlugos, director of Livedalen Hall, worked with students and staff to design and create three levels of certification that students can achieve.
The program was tested in February on student Eco-Reps and hall directors. Since then, Dlugos estimates 60 applications have come in. Most applicants aim to achieve Level 1. The program will be publicized more in the fall.
“We are excited to see some decals on doors,” Dlugos says.
To achieve Level 1 certification (called Mint Green), residents must complete five of seven criteria, which include activities such as limiting shower time and reusing water bottles. Level 2 (Pine Green) requires residents to meet the criteria from Level 1 plus additional activities such as purchasing reusable shopping bags and using cold water when washing clothes.
Level 3 (Ever Green) requires more commitments, including purchasing bed linens made from 100 percent organic cotton and regularly carpooling.
Eco-Rep Kelly Knutson ’15, Grand Forks, N.D., was involved early on with the project’s design and now helps to certify rooms and promote Green Room Certification.
“We hoped that students would be more mindful and strive to become actively engaged in living sustainably,” Knutson says. “It is not meant to be a competitive program against halls, floors or rooms but acknowledges those who do make conscious efforts to be greener.”
To be Green Room Certified, students must apply online and state the criteria they fulfill or intend to fulfill while living on campus. They then meet with an Eco-Rep who visits the room and gives students the appropriate decal to display on their door.