Housing and Residence Education is committed to making recycling and sustainability, education and wellness, and diversity and inclusion, a priority on campus. The department has sponsored many programs that support water conservation; energy conservation; recycling paper, glass, cans, aluminum, plastics, and more; and educating on the proper disposal of CFL Bulbs and Sharps and Pharmaceutical Waste.

In addition to our ongoing projects below, we are proud of the following:

  • UF Residence Hall Laundry Facilities are Carbon-Neutral
  • Fill the Swamp: Water-saving laundry initiative


Spring 2020 Recycling Project
Recycling Project
Composting Project
UF composting

Sustainablility TIps

Computers Off!

Did you know that electronics still consume power when plugged in, even when turned off? Electronics such as TV sets, gaming consoles, mobile phone power adapters, and the like consume energy whenever they are plugged in.

The electricity being used is known as standby power. Another term sometimes used is vampire power because these devices are absorbing energy and costing money silently. You can reduce energy consumption in your room or apartment by either:

  • Unplugging the device when not in use. While this is not convenient, it ensures that the device is not using up any energy.
  • Purchasing a “green” power strip that powers off devices when a master device is turned off (i.e. gaming consoles attached to a television are automatically switched off when the TV is turned off).

Energy consumed by standby power can sometimes be up to 10% of household electricity usage. Keeping electricity usage low in the residence halls also helps us in providing lower rent costs for our residents. For those living in apartments, you can actually save money by conserving energy.

Check the settings of devices and enable low-power settings wherever possible. Computers can be configured to go into a low-power sleep mode and to power down when not in use. Visit these links to learn more about power options on computers:

Windows 8: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/power-plans-faq

Mac OS Xhttp://support.apple.com/kb/HT2412

Remember, when you’re not using a device, turn it off and unplug it! Even the smallest charging cable can be siphoning away energy.


Campus Sustainablility Partners & Programs

Hitchcock Field and Fork Pantry The Pantry is a resource on the University of Florida campus committed to supporting students, staff, and faculty who are experienceing food insecurity.

Cupanion Fill It Forward Program The Cupanion program is a chance for students to earn discounts and rewards on campus for refilling and using a reusable water bottle!