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Ross Hall Green Team

The Ross Hall Green Team was created during the Fall semester of 2011 to identify and address ways to reduce Ross Hall's environmental footprint relating to the day-to-day activities of the Department of Geosciences and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Green Team Members and Advisors:

Mary James, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (4th floor)
Ingrid Luffman, Geosciences
Crystal Nelson, Geosciences
Kathleen Moore, Advisor - Office of Sustainability

Four sustainability initiatives were identified by the Green Team as areas of focus for our first year:

Initiative #1: Waste Reduction

Waste Audit: Green Team members will collect waste bins from a variety of locations in Ross Hall (offices, classrooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas) and log the contents. The goal of the waste audit is to understand what we are throwing away which will give us concrete information that we can use to develop strategies to reduce our waste.

Status: Waste audits were completed in October and December, 2011. The first audit was completed before installation of recycling bins, and the second waste audit was completed after installation of recycling bins, during the last week of classes of the fall semester.

In addition, reusable cups, bowls and silverware are used in the 3rd floor kitchen area, and cloth dishcloths are used in lieu of paper towels.

Hydration Station: Install a Hydration Station on the 2nd floor in the main lobby area, to encourage students to refill reusable water bottles and reduce single-use water bottle waste.

Status: Hydration Station was installed in the Ross Hall 2nd floor lobby in May, 2012.

Initiative #2: Energy Reduction

Energy audit: The Energy audit will be held immediately following our Green Team kick-off event. Corben will work with individual faculty to identify how energy use can be reduced in individual offices. He will assist with installation of smart power strips and provide other suggestions as warranted. The goal of the individual energy audit is to identify ways to save energy but not impact productivity.

Status: Smart power strips were distributed and installed in faculty, staff and graduate student offices on October 12, 2011.

Promote the use of alternate means of transportation by installing a bicycle rack convenient to the main entrance of Ross Hall. ost bus schedules in a prominent area, to encourage students to use public transport around campus instead of personal vehicles.

Status: Bus schedules were posted in the Ross Hall lobby. Bicycle rack is pending.

Initiative #3: Recycling

Provide desk-side recycling bins for all offices, plus large recycling bins on each floor (which separate compartments for metal (tin and aluminum), paper, plastics (#1s and #2s only) and waste. These will be located in prominent areas.

Status: Recycling bins were distributed on October 12, 2011 to faculty, staff and graduate students. Large communal recycling bins for metal, paper, plastics and waste were installed in October, 2012. Compost bin and battery recycling station are not yet in use.

Initiative #4: Education and signage

Hold a kick-off event to unveil our initiatives and hand out the smart power strips plus desk-side recycling bins to faculty and staff. Our new large recycling bins and compost bin should have arrived by then, and we can do a quick overview of what is goes in each bin. Corben will be there to schedule times to meet with individual faculty to perform energy audits in individual offices.

Status: The kick-off event was held in October, 2012 as planned.

Reduce printing waste by encouraging use of low-ink fonts such as Century Gothic or Ecofont, printing in draft mode, double-sided printing, and by using the Greenprint software to eliminate extra pages from a print job.

Status: Signage has been placed in the 3rd floor computer lab to remind users to print class lecture/presentation slides 6 per page and to print 2-sided copies wherever possible.




For more information on the Ross Hall Green Team, please contact Ingrid Luffman ( ).

Johnson City, TN Recycling Information

Earth-friendly Laundry soap (like Grandma used to make...)

1 bar Fels-Naptha Soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ cup baking soda (optional – good for smelly sports clothes)

Grate the soap bar using a cheese grater, mix with remaining ingredients. Store in an empty (clean) peanut butter jar or other reusable container, and use 1-2 tablespoons per load (I use an old coffee scoop as a measuring spoon).

Hint: Add ½ cup vinegar to rinse cycle as a natural fabric softener.