UW-Whitewater University Housing is committed to incorporating sustainable practices in their operations, but also focus on providing a living environment that fosters students to use resources wisely and handle their waste responsibly. These valuable skills will serve them well no matter where they live in the future. Resident assistants are a valuable conduit to disseminate information to help students live more sustainably and are supported by the University Housing Sustainability Coordinator to give accurate information to their residents. A summary of some of their efforts are included below, but we highly encourage you to visit their web pages for more information.
University Housing operates their own sustainability website that is full of valuable and detailed information on how students can get involved in sustainability, competitions that promote recycling and energy conservation, their facilities and operations, and the latest news and resources relevant to sustainable living in the residence halls. Check it out!
University Housing employs a student every year to serve as the Sustainability Coordinator for the campus residence halls. If you have any questions or comments regarding University Housing specifically, please contact them directly.
This monthly newsletter offers the latest information on sustainability initiatives in University Housing, but often includes numerous events and information relevant to the entire campus. Visit their webpage for a selection of past issues and additional publications and research relevant to University Housing Sustainability.
Students living in residence halls can get involved in their hall's activities by joining LIT. Typically, there are opportuntiies through each LIT available for students to get directly involved in efforts like RecycleMania and plan sustainability projects or programming for their hall or complex. Visit their page to learn how to get involved! In addition, sustainability coordinators from each complex, called Eco-Reps, report to each LIT and and meet with each other and other campus sustainability staff to promote better communication and planning of sustainability projects in the residence halls.
There are plans for nearly all of the older residence halls to receive a number of upgrades as part of an ongoing renovation program. Some of the standard assortment of building features or upgrades can be reviewed on their web page. There are also plans to add four new residence halls and to phase out Wells Hall for either green space or potential space for new construction. More detailed information about these upgrades, as well as the features that make Starin Hall a LEED Gold certified building, can also be found on our Buildings page.
Bike lockers are provided in key areas near residence halls to provide better protection for your bicycle in an effort to promote this sustainable mode of transportation on campus and around Whitewater. Consider this option when deciding if you should bring your bike to campus.