Join us in making Eastern more sustainable and reducing your carbon footprint.
- Make sustainable food choices in Hurley Dining Hall
- Join Green Theme Housing
- If you own or rent a home, get a Home Energy Solutions assessment to save energy.
- Walk, ride your bike, use public transit, carpool, combine trips, and use a fuel efficient vehicle.
- Change to energy efficient lights and appliances.
- Turn off the lights when they are not needed.
- Put your monitor and computer to sleep when not being used.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Take only what you intend to eat.
- Use a reusable water bottle, coffee mug, etc.
- Take a shorter shower.
- Take notes with a computer instead of notepad.
- Buy locally grown foods.
- Unplug electronic devices when not being used.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Buy groceries in bulk.
Eastern students can participate in clubs and organizations where sustainability plays a key role in their mission statements. The Environmental Club is a student-governed club whose primary goal is to “advocate the importance of human impact on the environment, while also promoting sustainable awareness and practices on campus and in the surrounding community.” This club participates in community service activities around campus through their semi-annual campus clean up and projects in the Windham, CT community. This club also promotes sustainability through their Earth Day Event, Environmental Earth Science Graduate Panel, and documentaries shown each semester on a variety of environmental issues. In addition to the Environmental Club, the Outdoors Club is also a student-governed club whose goal is to “provide opportunities and events for the students of Eastern to experience the outdoors.” This club brings students closer to nature and allows them to become aware of how sustainability relates directly to our recreational activities.
Other Student Sustainability Activities
Besides clubs and organizations, students can also participate in various sustainable events and activities around campus. GROW Windham allows students to connect with nature while also helping serve the community.GROW Windham promotes access to healthy food in the Windham region through the development of community food projects and garden youth programming.You can also visit the Grow Windham page to see updates and upcoming events for the town and community garden.
Eastern students are also welcome to attend the Annual CT Campus Sustainability Conference. This sustainability focused conference is a collaborative effort to bring together high education institutions including faculty, staff, and students to discuss sustainability. For Eastern student residents, an annual Dean’s Cup Energy Conservation Challenge takes place in which residential students compete for which hall can conserve the most energy in a given week. For students who are looking for real-world sustainability focused work experience, the Institute for Sustainable Energy offers internships where students help with sustainability activities, such as energy data collections, trash auditing, green-themed campus signage, among other sustainability related opportunities.
Sustainable Housing and Residential Life
For many of Eastern’s students, life on campus means living as part of a learning community within a residence hall. Established in 2013, Green Themed Housing provides students opportunities to focus on going green, reducing carbon footprints, conserving natural resources, and recycling efficiently. Students also engage in on- and off-campus service projects, such as the local Grow Windham Organization and Town Pride Town Wide.
Move-Out Waste Collections
Did you know Eastern holds a move-out collection at the end of every school year? Eastern Warriors are encouraged to donate any unwanted items such as food, bedding, pillows, rugs, school supplies, clothes, lamps, utensils, etc. These items are collected by the Salvation Army at the end of “move-out week” and distributed around the state. Not only do they help those in need, they help Eastern by reducing waste around campus! Contact your current RA or HD to find out more on how you can donate unwanted items.