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University Housing Sustainability Efforts

Sustainability is integrated into training across the department including UHFM staff, Community Directors, Assistant Community Directors, Resident Assistants, and Desk Managers.

RAs facilitate programs in every Housing community in specific areas including Wellness, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competence, Civility, Social Justice, Community Service, Civic Engagement

Three bike fix-it stations are located on University Housing communities in Woodland Hall, Cougar Village, and Evergreen Hall. These fix-it stations are sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

University Housing uses technology to avoid using paper when possible:

  • Students are encouraged to use the online Housing application to sign up for housing
  • The check-in and check-out process is paperless and completed by staff online, reducing the use of more than 6,600 pieces of paper each year
  • UHFM utilizes palm pilots to handle work orders instead of paper work orders, thus reducing the use of more than 32,000 pieces of paper a year

Evergreen Hall, which opened in fall 2007, was designed and built with sustainability in mind. Some specifics include:

  • The majority of the products for the building were manufactured within 500 miles of SIUE. All of the structure (block walls, exterior brick, concrete and flooring system) was manufactured within 5 miles of SIUE.
  • The residence hall is located on a public transportation route
  • Native grasses and flowers were planted to reduce mowing and assist with water run off

UHFM offers community service opportunities for students who violate Housing policies

University Housing programs and events often raise thousands of dollars throughout a year for local charitable organizations

UHFM purchases products and services from local industries and socially responsible vendors when possible

Achievements

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) awarded University Housing the 2009 Excellence in Sustainability in Housing and Residential Life Award. This award is presented to a person, department, or institution that demonstrates outstanding contributions toward sustainability on campus and/or to the housing profession.

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