Sustainability in the Residence Halls

Residence Life at the University of St. Thomas is committed to being more sustainable through the following programs:

  • Recycling program that includes recycling bins provided in each residence hall room and apartment.
  • Recycling available in the trash rooms on each floor of each hall.
  • Smart strip program that helps reduce "phantom" energy usage by electronics.
  • Purchasing of Energy STAR appliances including stoves, microwaves, washers, and dryers.
  • Computer labs and offices that use 100% recycled paper and remanufactured cartridges for ink and toner. Additionally, all ink and toner cartridges are returned for recycling.

Ways you can be more sustainable in the Residence Halls:

  • Utilize recycling bins and empty them into the proper recycling recepticals on your floor.
  • Turn off your lights and electronics (computer, stereo, television) when you leave your room.
  • Do not run the water while doing dishes or brusing your teeth.
  • Dispose of potential hazardous waste items appropriately (ink cartridges, batteries, CFL lightbulbs, etc.)

Sustainable products for your room:

  • Desk lamps with LED lights or CFLs
  • Eco-friendly alarm clocks
  • Energy STAR rated mini-refrigerators
  • Energy STAR rated personal fan
  • Biodegradable laundry powder
  • "Oxy" bleach alternatives
  • Non-synthetic, petroleum-free laundry baskets and bags
  • Eco-friendly clothes hangers
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Reusable non-plastic water bottles
  • Smart strips energy strips


Sustainability at UST