Amber did a lovely job introducing SOPE's drying racks initiative in her Green Space article.
Good news now – the drying racks are here! Two free-to-borrow drying racks are currently being distributed every dorm floor thanks to a Sustainability Revolving Fund (SRF) proposal from SOPE. The drying racks are typically stored in the supply closet on each floor and can be identified by the green tape on the legs. Please return them when you are done drying your clothes.
Part of creating the SRF proposal was calculating the energy savings of using drying racks. The project looked at the ratio of dryer-to-washer use in a dorm before and after drying racks were made available to students and found a 6% decrease. SOPE calculated they could get two drying racks could per floor and still pay back in the 6-year SRF time-frame. If you are interested in creating a SRF project, check out the SRF page.