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Model Residence Hall Room How to have an environmentally friendly college residential experience
What is the Model Room? n n n The Model Residence Hall Room is a functioning dorm room that demonstrates how to live in an environmentally friendly way. The room uses Energy Star appliances to save energy. Room residents also practice environmentally conscious living habits.
Our Residents n“Being environmentally conscious is easy. You sometimes have to think a little, but in general, it's not difficult. I see recycling as a key to preserving the environment. We will not easily cut down on well-established products that produce waste, such as bottled drinks, newspapers, and pizza boxes, but they do not need to end up in the huge, incredibly thick plastic bags that I see outside my dorm every day. ” n“I picture the room as a place to try doing everything right, and proving that it can be done without a lot of extra effort. Simplicity and low cost will be key, both for me and Vicki and for those whom we encourage to follow our example. ” Anne Raymond Dartmouth ‘ 06
Our Residents Vicki Allen Dartmouth ‘ 06 “I hope to show [the Model Residence Room] off. Showing the Dartmouth community the potential for improvement will be a great way to encourage that first step towards helping the environment in any way they can. I also hope that it is realistic and that at least certain aspects can be easily incorporated into dorm rooms AT LEAST by environmentally concerned students, hopefully by the student populous in generally, and ideally by ORL. ”
Our Model Residence Room n The Model Residence Hall room is located at 103 Lord in the Gold Coast—a prime spot on Dartmouth’s campus.
Advancing Environmental Excellence at Dartmouth n n Tulane University’s pioneering model sustainable room was an inspiration for Dartmouth’s Model Residence Hall Room. Energy Star helped Tulane furnish and advertise their room. Dartmouth has a tradition of supporting an environmentally-friendly campus. We hope our Model Residence Room will advance our efforts.
What’s in the room? Energy Star appliances!
What is Energy Star? n n EPA program of voluntary labeling for energy-efficient appliances Shows projected energy savings Meets government-set standards For more information, see: http: //www. energystar. gov
The Following Energy Star products are available for student residence rooms: Computer Monitor n Printer n Scanner n TV n VCR n DVD Player n Stereo n Phone n Answering Machine n Desk Lamp n Floor Lamp n Compact Refrigerator n *See www. dartmouth. edu/~rwg for complete list of available products
Computer n n Notebook computers use 80% less energy than desktops Flat-screen monitors use less energy while increasing desk space and screen size. Energy Star computer monitors automatically power down to 15 watts or less when not in use, saving up to 90 percent more energy than standard monitors. Many students use their computer to play music, which cuts down on buying extra electronics AND saves energy.
Phone n n n Our phone isn’t cordless because these use energy ALL THE TIME! Telephones that have earned the Energy Star operate on one-third of the power used by standard models. Our phone also works as an answering machine, cutting down on extra appliances and power.
Alarm Clock Alarm clocks use energy even when they’re turned off. n Almost all major companies make an Energy Star alternative to their regular products. n
Lighting n n n We use Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) instead of conventional light bulbs CFLs are just as bright, but use 75% less energy and last 16 X longer! Using task lamps instead of overhead fluorescent lights saves energy.
Laundry Items n n Drying rack: Air-drying your laundry takes NO energy! Use biodegradable detergents (brands like Seventh Generation, ECOS, etc…)
Refrigerator n n n Compact refrigerators may use almost as much as a full-size unless they are Energy Star approved. Sharing a common refrigerator with your hall mates is an easy way to save energy. If you choose purchase a dorm fridge, Energy Star has just recently approved compact refrigerators that use 20% less energy than standard models. However, all dorm fridges must be 3 cu. ft. or smaller to meet Dartmouth’s standard.
Dining n We use reusable plates, cups, and silverware instead of disposable paper/plastic ones.
What’s not in the room? Why did we omit certain things?
No Printer n n n Dartmouth students use Green. Print, a public printing service that has stations throughout campus. Green. Print cuts down on energy use. We save paper by printing duplex (double-sided) whenever possible.
No TV n n TVs use more energy than any other home electronic, even when they’re not turned on. Watching TV in your residence hall lounge saves energy and is a great way to meet your neighbors.
Lifestyle Habits How to live green at the Big Green!
Ways to Reduce Waste n n n Use re-usable mugs and cups Re-use scrap paper Recycle as much as possible Buy items made from recycled materials Buy items that do not have excessive packaging
Waste Disposal n n Sort your waste between trash and compostables/recyclables. ECO Reps provide blue recycling bins for residence rooms and compost bins are available in most dorms.
What can you recycle? n n n n Aluminum Cans Glass all colors White Paper Mixed Paper Plastic (Numbers 1 and 2) Cardboard Packing Peanuts
Energy Saving Computing n n n Turn off your computer at night! If all students used Energy Star computers and turned them off at night, Dartmouth’s campus would save 30 Megawatts per term. Use Energy Saver options so your computer goes in sleep mode during inactivity.
Heat n n n Keep drapes/blinds closed for better insulation. If your thermostat doesn’t work, call Residential Operations (646 -1203). Don’t open windows in cold weather! This wastes a lot of energy.
Where to Buy Energy Star Appliances n n Hanover True Value (small appliances and CFL bulbs) Fogg’s True Value of Norwich (CFL bulbs) Aubuchon Hardware of White River (CFL bulbs) n n JC Penney’s Wal-Mart Kmart Radio Shack *Michael’s Radio and TV of Hanover (DVD players, TVs) *Italicized businesses still need to be confirmed.
Learn about other Dartmouth Environmental Initiatives n n Check out the following websites for information about environmental initiatives at Dartmouth: -Environmental Conservation Organization: www. dartmouth. edu/~eco -Resource Working Group: www. dartmouth. edu/~rwg Please feel free to contact ECO for more information at: [email protected] edu