Frequently Asked Questions

How does Carleton encourage sustainable living and what can I do to help?

Sustainability is becoming more and more important on Carleton’s campus. For example, Carleton students are encouraged to be conscious of their energy use by setting computers to energy-saving modes, turning off extraneous lights, using power strips that can be turned off at night, using energy-maximizing CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs, being conscientious about shower time and water use, using energy-maximizing settings on washers, thinking about air-drying clothes and minimizing wintertime heat loss by keeping windows closed and adjusting the heat to comfortable levels. 

Currently, drying racks are available to use for free for anybody living on the floor, and will be kept in a common area (usually a storage closet or lounge). The drying racks were made possible by the Students Organized for the Protection of the Environment and the Sustainability Revolving Fund as part of an effort to reduce dryer usage and campus-wide energy consumption.

Sustainability is about creating and maintaining a long-lasting, healthy community and well as minimizing impact on the environment. The many student and campus-sponsored activities, programs and organizations at Carleton create a healthy, happy, sustainable community that is also sustainable in its low impact on the environment.

We encourage you to be conscientious of the environmental impact of your purchases as we move towards being a more sustainable campus community.

For example,

  • Where was the product made? What were the environmental costs in transporting it?
    Is the package recyclable? Is the product made from recycled materials? Can the product be recycled?
  • Do cleaning and toiletry products include toxic chemicals? Are they biodegradable?
  • 24 June 2008
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