Given the choice, would you rather live in an energy hog of a dorm with poor ventilation and very little natural light or a dorm that saves energy with a green roof and water-efficient toilets and faucets? Even if you don't fancy yourself an environmentalist, it's important to recognize that the programs and policies a school adopts can greatly impact your quality of life (not to mention the future of the planet). When decision makers spend the time and effort to employ healthy and efficient practices, they are displaying responsibility and respect for the campus community. Here are three perks that a sustainable campus has to offer.
Green colleges make a point to account for sustainable living when designing and operating their buildings. Many of their facilities incorporate natural lighting, improve air quality, and reduce energy and water use. On many
Going green also improves your quality of life when it comes to dining. Eco-friendly colleges believe that food tastes better when it's local and organic. They forego long distance, low-grade cafeteria food and offer their students fresh and local cuisine, from campus farms or markets, whenever possible. You'll love how sustainable dining often translates to varied nutrition options. Many schools are 100 percent trayless (to reduce water usage, food
Consider how mobility plays into your standard of living. How “walkable” is a particular campus? Is public transportation accessible? Some schools