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Sustainable Living Guide






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Table of Contents
Global + LEED® 1
Power 2
Waste Management 3
In The Residence 4
Transportation 8
Get Involved 9

The Office of Sustainability Green Building Education Intern, Molly Schriber, created this guide
during the 2010-2011 academic school year, and it was updated in summer 2017.

Sustainability is a part of residential life at Elon. The buildings in the Global Neighborhood have
been built to LEED requirements. More importantly, all Global Neighborhood residents can adopt
sustainable living habits to reduce their environmental impact. This guide suggests tips to reduce your
environmental impact in terms of power and water consumption, waste management, transportation
and purchasing.

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• Turn off and unplug items when not in use

• Use LEDs in light fixtures

• Keep windows closed if using air conditioning or heat

• When purchasing new bed linens, consider buying organic
cotton or other eco-friendly products such as hemp or bamboo

• When cleaning out closets consider donating items to local
charities and thrift stores

• Clean your room to increase indoor environmental quality
leading to improved productivity and happiness

• Consider buying clothes from local second-hand shops

• Designate a recycling bin or basket for unwanted papers and

• Use a desk lamp or natural light when possible, instead of
overhead lighting


For every minute a refrigerator door is open, it will take three minutes for it to regain its temperature.
Don’t leave the door open.4

• Buy less paper napkins, use more washable
cloth napkins

• To decrease temperature fluctuations in the
refrigerator allow hot food and container to
cool first before moving to the refrigerator

• Designate a recycling bin to put next to the
indoor trashcan

• Stock up the freezer, less available space in
the freezer uses less electricity to cool

• Turn off the water if not in immediate use

• Use cold water when possible as hot water
requires a large amount of energy

• Use the dishwasher only with full loads

• Use an electric tea pot to heat water rather
than a stove top

• Unplug kitchen appliances such as a toaster,
coffee maker, electric tea pot and others
when not in use

• Buy a water filter pitcher to fill a reusable
water bottle rather than buying bottled water

Go to
to learn how to reduce food waste

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• Unplug devices such as TV, DVD player, stereos,
Xbox, Playstation and others when not in use

• Use lamp lighting and natural lighting as much as
possible, rather than overhead lights

• Purchase electronic devices with the Energy Star


Track your energy
With Building Dashboard, you can monitor
most residence hall energy consumption daily,
monthly and annually. Compare residences and
see how many pounds of carbon are emitted. Visit

According to the USGS, the average U.S. citizen uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day.
( 5

Computer Tips
Laptops use 50% less energy than desktops

• Allow your laptop computer to almost
completely drain its battery before charging

• Unplug laptop charger when not in use

• Shut down all computers when you are away
from them

• Remember screen savers do not save any
energy and actually use more

• Enable energy saving settings on your

• Research the more energy efficient and
environmentally aware computer companies
before purchasing a new computer. See

• Report all faucet leaks and faulty toilets to Physical
Plant by completing a work request via FIXit

• Take shorter and cooler showers

• Turn off the shower or faucet water while you shave
and brush your teeth

• Avoid using the toilet as a waste bin - put feminine
products in the trashcan and put old medications in
the drop-off box located at Campus Safety and Police

• Buy a long lasting shower curtain that does not need
to be replaced frequently

• Unplug hairdryers, electric razors, straighteners and
curling irons when not in use

• Leave bathroom door open after showering to prevent
mold growth

• Use washcloths to avoid face pad and cotton swab

• Think about purchasing more environmentally friendly
toiletries and make-up

• Keep your bathroom clean to prevent mold growth,
illness and to improve quality of life

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Sustainable Organizations On Campus

These are examples of organizations on campus that have activities related to sustainability.

This is a peer-education group that promotes
awareness of sustainability issues and efforts. Eco-
Reps teach lessons for Elon 101 and other classes and
also work with Residence Life staff on sustainability-
themed programs.

Sierra Club
This group is dedicated to sustainable causes and
service in the name of sustainability. Activities include
volunteering at local environmental organizations
and in the Elon Community Garden, clean-ups and
enjoying the wild places of the earth.

Students for Peace & Justice
SfPJ is a student-run social activism organization that
strives to educate and act to create a better world for

Enactus focuses on mobilizing university students
to make a difference in their communities while
developing the skills to become socially responsible
business leaders.

Project Pericles
Many Periclean Scholars classes focus on sustainability
issues and activism.

Elon Community Garden
This garden was initiated by an Environmental
Ethics class and is now maintained by students,
giving them the opportunity to learn about
gardening and community food sustainability. The
garden is located next to the Powell House, behind
the tennis courts.

Elon Outdoors
This office is a branch of Campus Recreation,
located in Koury Athletic Center, which organizes
outdoor trips including hiking, white water rafting,
rock climbing and ski trips.

Sustainable Living Learning Community
These students live together in a learning
community focused on exploring what it means to
personally live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Elon’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter
Habitat for Humanity focuses on homelessness and
poverty housing by pledging to raise funds to build
one house in Alamance County each year.

Campus Kitchen
This program utilizes un-served food from the
campus dining facilities and donations to make and
deliver meals to those in need in the community.

Contact the Kernodle Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement as a resource for service
learning opportunities with sustainability themes for your organization and personal involvement.


The Department of Environmental Studies offers the following degrees:
· Environmental Studies (B.S.)
· Environmental and Ecological Science (B.S.)
· Environmental and Sustainability Studies (A.B.)

There is also an environmental and sustainability studies minor. A number of departments offer
sustainability and environmentally themed courses. The Center for Environmental Studies encourages
students to conduct environmentally focused research, coordinate and participate in community outreach,
organize conservation projects and publish their research in Visions Magazine.

Sustainability Education

Elon University established the Elon University Forest in the fall of 2010, dedicating 56 acres
as a land and nature preserve.8 9

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1. Increase your time with friends; commute together to off-campus places of interest.
2. Limit the use of disposal cups and plates -- Encourage your friends and guests to “Bring

Your Own”.
3. Encourage green habits at social events -- recycle and consider composting.
4. Print wisely and reuse -- reduce text size or print duplex to use as few pages as possible;

reuse old syllabi, tests and papers to make grocery lists, notes and more.
5. Take the Elon Sustainability Pledge.

Elon University
Sustainability Pledge

Take the Sustainability Pledge. Individual action makes a difference!
Your pledge can be renewed each semester. Pledge now at

Powell Building 220
2104 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
[email protected]

ElonSustainability SustainableElon

2016 U.S. Department of Education
Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee


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