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Conserving Resources

During the summers of 2012-2015, Campus Recreation participated in a Waste Characterization in order to gain valuable information about how to limit the amount of waste Malley produces, and what some of the most popular forms of waste were. In order to reach the goal of going Zero Waste by 2020, characterizing our waste was invaluable.


We now have new stickers on ALL of our paper towel dispensers. After working with a SLURP class project in spring 2012 which prompted patrons to use two pumps or eight to 10 inches of paper towels, Campus Recreation took SLURP's idea and developed these stickers. The next time you are using paper towels, remember they come from trees and only use what you need.

SLURPS has added a sign to all nine paper towel dispensers at the Malley Center to educate patrons on their paper towel usage. Patrons only need to pump the dispenser twice to receive eight-10 inches of paper towel! Remember that these come from trees.

Campus Recreation implemented the use of QR codes to save paper. Those with smart phones can scan the QR links located on flyers (which still contain the website information as well for those without smart phones).  A QR code takes patrons directly to the website on their smart phone, where they will find more extensive information.

In Fall 2009, we stopped printing brochures for fitness classes and intramural sports, and have thus saved money on printing and paper costs. Our annual fitness brochures used to be three to four pages long, and we would print over 500 copies. Now, we have laminated copies for each quarter available for viewing at the Malley Center Front Desk. All information can also be found on our website. What can your department stop printing?

During the summer of 2011, Bellomy Field switched from natural grass to synthetic turf. The new turf promotes sustainability by conserving water, being more cost efficient, and being more usable, as students are now able to use the facility without threat of cancellations or closures due to weather restrictions.

Filling your reusable water bottle just got a little easier! Water fountains and goose-neck fillers (which allow you to fill a water bottle while holding it upright) are located in various locations around the Malley Center. This addition helps to promote the use of reusable water bottles and ideally limits the number of plastic bottles entering a landfill.

Dual flush toilets are located in the Women's Locker Room. Dual flush allows the patron to choose how much water they need to use. Prior to this, we had automatic flush toilets that would often flush twice for one patron's use. The new system is definitely making an impact!

There are solar panels lining the roof of the Malley Center to cut down on the amount of energy consumed.

All cardio equipment (33 machines), with the exception of six  treadmills, operates on self-generated energy, which means the machines are "Powered by Sweat." Look for stickers on these machines to highlight  that you are powering it up. 

Campus Recreation recently bought two new Woodway Treadmills that have been featured on "The Biggest Loser", which operate on self-generated energy. Patrons burn 30% more calories on these machines and we save 597.4 KW of energy, which is enough to power your computer for 10 years!

There are motion sensors located in the work room, laundry room, conference room and storage rooms. Lights only come on when someone is  using the rooms. In the past, the work room lights were on from 6:30 AM - midnight (business hours), but now when you walk in, they are OFF! Is there a room in your building, home or office that could use a motion sensor? They are easy to install. Contact Facilities to learn more.

The Basketball Courts have six light switches. We keep all but one light off in the morning when people are not using the courts. If you ever want more light just ask the Front Desk staff to turn more on and they will be happy to do so.

Our hallway and lobby lights are turned off daily when the sun comes up and are turned on when the sun goes down. Are there lights in your office which could be turned off during the day when the sun is up due to the amount of natural light you have?