Housing and Residence Life current maintenance and future development plans are guided by sustainability principles promoting collective wellness, improving energy efficiency and sustainable lifestyles. As a resident, you play a critical role in helping reduce the negative environmental impact of our halls in key areas such as waste, energy, and water. We and our campus partners have developed several programs that will help you become a good steward of our shared environment.
October 24-30 is the 5th Annual Housing Energy Competition!
The competition is to focus on teaching students sustainable practices that they can carry forward in their lives. Learn tips to conserve energy and water. Check @gatechhousing on Instagram daily for updates!
Tips to Conserve Energy and Water
- Turn off lights.
- Take the stairs.
- Keep AC/HVAC close to outdoor temperatures.
- Run full loads of laundry (on cold).
- Take shorter/colder showers.
- Use a power strip (and turn it off).
- Report drips/leaks.
- Shut/open blinds for natural cooling/heating.
- Switch to LED bulbs for lamps.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
Where Waste Should Go
Follow the guide bellow to properly dispose of your waste.
Georgia Tech Facilities Management provides a list of what can be recycled on campus and where, plus a helpful video for residents about campus recycling.
Many of our residence halls now include a composting option for your organic waste. Contact your nearest EcoRep if you have any questions.
- Batteries: Drop-off locations include Clough info desk, Exhibition Hall info desk or EH&S.
- Clothing: Donate to Green Goodbyes, Goodwill or give to friends.
- Styrofoam: Structural packaging foam is collected at move-in and the Kendeda Building.
- Plastic Film/Shopping Bags: Drop-off at the campus Post Office, Kendeda Building or local grocery store.
- Electronics: Collected at Earth Day in April.
- Other Items: The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM).
In most residence halls, your trash can be taken to the nearest dumpster location outside of your hall.
If You Live in North Ave:
The North Ave Apartments utilize trash chutes for their landfill waste, with recycling options in the trash rooms. Please follow signage in the trash rooms related to recyclable items.
Residents should not stuff items down the trash chutes. If it does not fit down the chute easily, items should be taken to the nearest dumpster. If trash chutes become clogged, please take all trash to the nearest dumpsters and call Housing Facilities to unclog the chute.
Get Involved in Campus Sustainability
If you'd like to get more involved in the sustainability efforts in our halls and beyond, check out the opportunities to get more involved below:
Make an Impact in Your Hall: 10 Tips to Conserve Energy
- Turn off lights in your spaces when not in use.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Open your blinds to let in natural light, heating and cooling.
- Wait until you have a full load to do laundry (cold wash is better!)
- Take shorter and/or colder showers.
- Unplug your appliances that aren't in use.
- Report any drips or leaks to the maintenance team immediately.
- Do NOT place your recyclables in plastic bags - place items directly in bins.
- Switch to LED light bulbs in the lamps and decorative lights you've brought.
- Use a power strip, and turn it off when not in use.
This peer-to-peer educational program trains a select group of passionate RA’s on sustainability topics which they in turn can inform their residents about through events and programming. Applications open at the start and end of every semester. More information at Georgia Tech EcoReps.
Green Grocery Trips
Participate in guided grocery trips where you will learn about how to purchase food sustainably.
Georgia Tech has several student organizations focused on many aspects of sustainability great and small. Check out the list of groups you can join and find the right fit for your sustainability passions at the Student Organizations page.