Residence: Environmental Sustainability
- Recycling programs have existed in campus housing units since 2009. Recyclable materials include paper, plastic, aluminum cans, glass and cardboard. At the Schilletter and University Village Community Center, students can also recycle items such as batteries and cell phones. Each residence hall has a recycling chair and sustainability chair that oversees the program.
- The Department of Residence (DOR) always strives to recycle or donate outdated materials. In collaboration with Live Green! and Ohio Mattress Recovery and Recycling, the DOR recycled 900 used mattresses from Frederiksen Court. By utilizing this service, the DOR saved roughly 20,000 cubic feet of landfill space, as 94% of the materials in each mattress can be recycled. The DOR also donated cloth curtains from wardrobes located in Maple-Willow-Larch to local non-profits for reuse in other projects.
- With the help of ISU Custodial Services, the DOR exclusively uses green products that are free of harsh chemicals to clean all residence buildings. The only exception is a chemical-based product that strips floors of wax and debris. However, this is product is only used once every few years in any given building.
- Six new Frederiksen Court facilities are certified Gold in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiative, an internationally recognized certification program that offers third-party verification of sustainably-constructed buildings.
- Every residence hall has a bottle filling station, which encourages students to drink from reusable containers. This helps students rely less on bottled water, and on average, each filling station has already prevented tens of thousands of plastic containers from entering the landfill.