Green Room Certification Checklist
1. Fill out the survey below.

2. You can select "yes", "no", or "I will start to do this" for each question. Each "yes" gets you one point. Each "no" gets you zero points. Each "I will start to do this" gets you 1/2 point.

3. There are extra credit points you can get as well. Each extra credit action gets you two additional points.

4. You must score 20 points or higher to get the certification. Challenge yourself to go above and beyond even if you have satisfied the minimum required points!

5. The program coordinator will verify your certification in one week and send you your certificate.

6.Post your certificate on your door, recruit your friends and serve as a model green room!


Just e-mail to let them know you are interested.

A student sustainability consultant will meet with you, check out your scene, and offer easy ways to green your room.

By participating, you are inviting a PowerSave representative into your room to do the consultation in agreement with the Guest Policy as listed in the ResLife and You Handbook. Click on this link to read the Guest Policy:

1.Be a part of the effort to green HSU! You have the power to reduce waste, save energy and water, and make good purchasing decisions. There are lots of ways to get involved through competitions like RecycleMania and the Campus Conservation Nationals. You can also take classes in sustainability or join one of the many student organizations that are trying to make a difference.

2.Be recognized! By participating in the program, you will receive a special certificate to be hung on the outside of your door, and will be automatically entered into a drawing for neat, sustainability-related prizes.

3.Because it’s fun! Greening your room is a project that you, your roommate(s), and your friends can enjoy. Imagine yourself thrifting for room decorations and going zero waste!

4.Because you’ll be a good influence. Your involvement in this program has the potential to inform your friends and room-mates about the benefits of sustainable living, and this will help to grow the movement.

Want to learn how to green up your campus room or apartment? Check out the HSU Virtual Green Room Demonstration at Think your room already qualifies as a Green Room? Fill out this survey to get a Green Room Certification.

1. COMPOST. There are compost collection bins located around campus. Collect food scraps in your kitchen and empty that container in a campus compost bin. Check out the Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) at for information on composting.

2. DON'T TRASH IT, RECYCLE IT! Recycle all bottles, cans, plastic containers #1-7 and aluminum foil in the ‘Beverage Container’ bins around the res halls. Recycle all mixed paper and cardboard in the bins inside buildings or in the cardboard dumpsters outside the res halls.

3. E-WASTE. Discard used electronics in the blue E-waste bins in the RESNET office, in the College Creek mail room, or in front of the library.

4. Batteries, ink cartridges, disks, old CFL’s can be recycled at the Housing info desk in the J or at the College Creek mail room.

5. TURN OFF THE LIGHTS! Something easy to do that will make a big difference. Whenever possible turn off the lights during the day and take advantage of the daylight!

6. SWITCH TO CFLs! Compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last ten times longer. CFLs are affordable and available at many local stores.

7. CURB PHANTOM LOADS! Most of our electronic devices still use energy while plugged in, even when turned the device is turned OFF! To combat phantom loads, unplug items when not in use, or plug them into a power strip and turn the strip off.

8. ADJUST YOUR CLOTHES, NOT THE THERMOSTAT! Socks, hats, and sweaters make very energy-efficient heaters!
Use natural airflow to control the climate of your room. Use a fan or close your blinds when it’s hot outside. Don’t leave the window open when the heat is on. Turn off the fans when you leave your room.

9. Call the Housing Office at 707-826-3451 if the heat is too high or too low OR if you have a window that won’t close, a broken thermostat, etc.

10. Replace old Appliances and Electronics with EnergyStar. EnergyStar certification is awarded by the EPA to products that use less energy, save money, and are better for the environment. When shopping, look for EnergyStar labeled appliances and electronics. You can also view a list of EnergyStar products at

11. Don’t let your Refrigerator be an Energy Hog. Is your fridge empty? Turn it OFF and UNPLUG. Leaving for break? Turn it OFF and UNPLUG. Is your fridge half-empty? Fill the voids with bottles of water to reduce energy use. Don’t put your fridge against the wall - leave the coils in the back open to the air. Clean the coils on the back of the fridge if they look dusty or dirty. This helps them be more energy efficient. open the fridge door as little as possible. The number one variable in fridge energy use is how often you open the door.

12. The Alliance to Save Energy’s Power Save Campus Program at HSU has lots more tips on saving energy. Check them out at

13. REDUCE TOXINS. Check out the array of green cleaners at the Co-op or Wildberries, or visit CCAT ( to learn how to make your own.

14. REDUCE WASTE. Use cloths and rags instead of paper towels.

15. REUSABLE BAGS. Use them. Always. If you happen to end up with a plastic bag, it can be recycled at Safeway.
Buy used. Before buying something new, visit a local thrift store, or browse to see if you can get a used item instead.

To get some great energy savings tips, check out "The Green Team: The Case of the Phantom Menace and His Energy Wasting Goons", a hilarious short film by the City of Arcata, HSU and the Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Check out these videos from fellow HSU students about the importance of waste management. remember to sort your waste correctly, or The Wasteman might get at ya!

Day of The Wasteman - A Humboldt State Film Production - Written and Directed by Daniel Mariscal

Garbage is Garbage - A Humboldt State University Film Production

In which building on campus do you live? *
Your answer
What is your name (first and last)? *
Your answer
Please provide us with your email address. *
We will send a "Certified Green Room" certificate to this email address.
Your answer
How many room mates do you have? *
Do you live in a single, double, or triple room?
Your answer
Waste Reduction
Do you utilize re-usable food containers when taking food or beverages to-go? Could include mason jars, OZZI containers, canteens, re-usable tupper ware, glassware, plates, metal or bamboo utensils *
Did you know that HSU has an incentive system to promote reusable cups for coffee and to discourage consumption of disposable cups? Read more here: Bringing your own glassware/ceramic bowls or plates or reusable utensils will reduce waste, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Do you recycle all glass bottles, cans, aluminum foil, milk cartons, and plastic containers #1-7? *
At College Creek, these items go down the chute labeled 'Mixed Recycling'. At all the other residence halls look for the green dumpsters labeled 'Mixed Recycling'. Also look for recycling bins at the entrances to all buildings on campus. All of these items can go into the same recycling bin as cardboard and mixed paper!
Do you regularly compost your food waste in a compost bin on campus? *
This includes food scraps and left-overs, paper napkins, paper plates, coffee grounds, and tea bags. There are compost bins outside the Depot, in the Quad, in front of the library, in front of the South Campus Marketplace, and at BSS.
Do you recycle all paper and cardboard? *
This includes all mixed paper, magazines, newspapers, and cardboard. Look for the green dumpsters labeled 'Mixed Recycling' outside of all residence halls. Cardboard and Paper can also go in the recycling bins outside all buildings around campus.
I make my parties Zero Waste! *
All cups, dishes, napkins, etc. get re-used, recycled or composted, and nothing from the party ends up in the trash. To learn more about zero waste events, go to
Do you recycle your used electronics in one of the E-Cycler bins on the second floor of the JGC or at the College Creek mail room, or in an E-Waste collection bin elsewhere on campus? *
E-Waste includes calculators, laptops, power cables, ipods, alarm clocks, pretty much anything with circuitry or a digital display. There are additional E-waste collection bins in front of the library, in the South Lounge, at the east entrance to Siemens Hall, at the entrance to Science B, 1st floor of NR, and at the entrance to the BSS forum.
Do you regularly recycle used batteries, ink cartridges, CDs and DVDs, and burned-out compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in the E-Cycler bin one of the E-Cycler bins listed above? *
Batteries and CFLs contain toxic materials and should not go into the landfill or in general recycling.
Purchasing Habits
Do you avoid purchasing bottled water? *
Did you know that HSU phased out the sales of bottled water at its marketplaces and bookstore? Use a refillable water bottle for your hydration needs. Visit the Hydration Stations in the J, Depot, and the K&A building. Most water fountains on campus have also been retrofitted to refill a container. For more info go to
Do you take reusable shopping bags with you to the store? *
The HSU Bookstore, campus marketplaces, and businesses in Arcata have eliminated single-use plastic bags. These bags are made of nonrenewable natural resources with limited recycling potential, and they are among the most common litter items found in creek, ocean and roadside trash.
I visit the Reusable Office Supply Exchange (R.O.S.E.) to get FREE, gently used school supplies, a great way to save money and reduce waste! *
R.O.S.E is located in Warren House 53 next to the Campus Apartments. Donations of used supplies are also accepted. Go to to learn more.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Do you use exclusively energy efficient lamps, either compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, in your living space? *
The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting; they're even better than CFLs. As a second choice, use CFLs in you desk and floor lamps. CFLs use 80% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb. You can buy both LEDs and CFLs in many different sizes and light quality from local hardware stores.
Do you and your roomate(s) always turn off the lights when you leave your room or apartment? *
Easy to do and costs no money to create significant energy savings. Put post-it notes over light switch plates to remind everyone to turn the lights off before leaving the room.
Do you use powerstrips to kill phantom loads on electronics and appliances when they are not in use? *
Powerstrips with an on/off switch are an effective tool for putting a stop to phantom loads, the electricity our electronics and appliances consume even when they are turned off. Just plug your appliances and electronics into the powerstrip and turn the powerstrip off when you leave your room. An alternative is to keep appliances and electronics unplugged when not in use.
If possible, do you and your roomate(s) turn the heat down or off when you leave the room? *
Do you keep the windows closed when heat is on in the room? *
I have set the sleep mode on my computer to put it to sleep after 10 minutes or less of activity. *
Water Conservation
As much as possible do you use cold-water wash settings for laundry? *
Do you only wash full loads of laundry at a time? *
Do you turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving? *
Do you regularly take showers under 5 minutes? *
Do you immediately report any drippy faucets or leaks by calling the Housing Office at 707-826-3451? *
Do you regularly walk, ride a bike, take the bus or skate when taking trips under 2 miles one way? *
Do you regularly carpool, utilize the bus system (free with valid ID) or Zip Car for trips over 2 miles one way?
It is easy for students to become a member of Zip Car, a car sharing program with three vehicles conveniently located on campus for your use. Go to for details. Zimride is a FREE and secure online ridesharing service that connects drivers and passengers for local or long-distance trips. Go to to sign up.
Extra Credit
2 points each
I attest that I will be a champion for green living and will encourage my room mates to be green too. *
Must select Agree to get certified.
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