Green Room Certification Checklist

HOW TO CERTIFY 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! WHY CERTIFY? 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. GREEN ROOM TIPS Want to learn how to green up your campus room or apartment? Here are some ideas to get you started. Think your room already qualifies as a Green Room? Fill out this survey to get a Green Room Certification. WASTE REDUCTION & RECYCLING 1. COMPOST. There are compost collection bins outside the residence halls. Collect food scraps in your kitchen and empty that container in a compost bin outside your residence hall. 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. ENERGY 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 Green Campus Program at HSU has lots more tips on saving energy. Check them out at CLEANING 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. STUFF 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
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