Green Dorm Room
Beginning in the summer of 2010, prospective students on summer campus tours view a model Green Dorm Room at Duke that displays them how live in a sustainable way on campus. The Green Dorm Room is a project of Sustainable Duke and students from the Students for Sustainable Living program.
Funded by a $500 grant from the Duke STARS program, a group that allocates funding to sustainability-related projects at Duke University, the room in Few Quad is furbished with about 20 sustainable items purchased from Whole Foods Market, Target and Etsy.com, a website that sells sustainable goods made by artisans around the world.
According to results from the Green Devil Challenge, a monthly effort to promote sustainable behavior, Duke students average about one metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions annually from dorm room energy and water. To offset these emissions for one individual would require almost an acre of forest sequestering carbon for a year.
Item featured in the room include biodegradable toiletries and cleaning products, and a power strip that automatically turns off electronics. A sign accompanied each product and explained what the item was and how it contributed to a green lifestyle.
In true sustainable fashion, all items are reused each summer as a highlight of Duke campus tours.
What's in the room?
- Organic sheets & pillows
- "Smart" power strip that turns off electronics
- Lamp made with recycled bottles
- Area rug made of recycled plastic
- Clothes drying rack
- Aluminum water bottle
- Biodegradable laundry detergent
- Reusable shopping bag
- Compact florescent light bulbs
- Bike helmet
- Chemical-free cosmetics
- Biodegradable cleaning supplies
- Wall art printed on recycled paper with soy inks