Residence Life and Commitment to Living Sustainably
Residence Life at Jamestown Community College is integral to the college's commitment to sustainability. We continually strive to broaden the array of best practices utilized and focus on creating an ethic that emphasizes the responsible use of natural resources in our daily lives.
We look to our community of residents and staff to help us in reducing the college's environmental impact. We also assist in developing an environmentally conscious student body by preparing residents to embrace new methods, behaviors, and technologies.
How you can do your part
- Use two hands to brush your teeth--one for the toothbrush and the other to turn off the faucet when you're not actively using the water
- Unplug things that glow at night, like your cell phone/laptop charger, when not in use. (Put a stake in vampire loads.)
- When you leave the room, turn off the light.
- Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
- Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
- Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
- Find a friend to ride to school with. You drive one week, they drive the other. (How much $$ would I save?)
- Better yet, leave your car parked and take a CARTS bus, walk, or ride a bike. (CARTS schedule)
- Coordinate trips home and organize a carpool--what you save on gas you can spend on food.
- Go meatless on Mondays--it's greener and leaner! (Then what can I eat?)
- Choose fresh, less-processed snacks (fruit, veggies, yogurt, cheese, whole grains) instead of processed items with excessive packaging.
- Learn to cook. You will eat better and save money. (Ask us about the Fabulous $5 Feast)
- Before throwing something away or even recycling it, consider if you could reuse or repurpose it.
- Better yet, consider if you really need to buy anything. Remember, it's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
- Donate your old clothes and unwanted items instead of throwing them out. While you're at it, shop used and traffic in recycled clothing instead of buying new! (I can recycle clothing?)
- Stop buying bottled water and use a refillable mug or bottle. (What's so bad about it?)
- All paper can go in the recycling container. Glossy, post-its, newspaper, computer--even with staples on it!
- Flatten cardboard and place it beside recycling containers. Regular and corrugated are both fine. You can also recycle the tops of pizza boxes; just throw the greasy parts in the garbage.
- DON'T recycle foam cups or plates (even if marked as a recyclable), or anything greasy or soiled. Plastic bags can be re-used or put in the recycling station by the Campus Store.
- Mixed recycling includes: glass--any color, aluminum, tin, plastics 1-7, and steel. Rinse all containers before recycling. (Why does it matter?)
Learn, change, grow--yeah, that's why you go to college.
- Calculate what your carbon footprint is today, and then try to reduce it by 10% this semester. (Tell me how.)
- Think about what you do, eat, and buy, and the effect it has on the Earth. (How green do you want to be?)
- Sustainable Residence Halls 101
- Eating Organic and the Dirty Dozen
- Recycling 101
- Is this all too much? Then Do One Thing
Help us out!
Do you have other thoughts or ideas about how to live sustainably? Let us know! We'll happily link resources and ideas to this page. You can also visit the webpage for the JCC Office of Sustainability for more information.