Living Green

The Department of Community Living is committed to providing students with information and resources on how to live sustainably while a Brandeis student. We encourage all students to monitor and reduce their energy consumption within the residence halls. Each hall at Brandeis is provided with a recycling bin to assist students with the proper disposal of their recyclable waste. Additionally, students are provided with LED light bulbs when possible.

Community Living works closely with the campus sustainability initiative. Eco-Reps in each living community facilitate programs and instruct residents on how to live more environmentally friendly.

Recycling

Did you know that the average campus recycling rate is 40 percent, while Brandeis's is only 20 percent? Sustainable Brandeis reports that in fiscal year 2016, the university used 10 percent less energy on campus and reduced its carbon footprint by approximately 8 percent over fiscal year 2015.

We are working hand-in-hand with our fantastic custodial staff to make sure that across campus, including in your halls, recycling bins are next to trash bins, and new, consistent, informative signs are posted that tell you what you can recycle, and what must be trash — the bin of last resort.
Please help us reach our goal by making sure you read the signs and recycle everything you can! Read more about how to handle one-off items (like e-waste). 
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“What if I’ve seen my custodian throw recycling in with trash?”

Custodial staff collect waste from recycling bins (which use clear liners) and trash bins (which use black liners) in the same barrel as the fastest way to get all of the waste outside. Once outside, staff separate the bags into the appropriate containers. The only exception would be when there is a large amount of contamination in a recycling bag (such as food, liquids or items that cannot be recycled). If you are concerned that custodial staff is inappropriately placing both clear and black bags into one of the large outdoor trash receptacles, please contact Facilities Services at x64385.