Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) coordinates several student-run, environmentally friendly programs that support the University of California, Berkeley community’s sustainability efforts. The goal of these programs is to educate and inform students about the importance of a sustainable lifestyle and to make lasting proactive changes in the environments that we they in.

RSSP student-driven sustainability programs include:

Residential Sustainability Program
Green Room Series
Berkeley Green Campus

Moving In
Students can set the tone for environmentally friendly practices from the moment they move into their new space at Cal.

Don’t bring a refrigerator when you move into the Residence Halls. RSSP partners with Micro 101 so you can lease Energy Star micro-fridges for your room. One refrigerator per double, two per triple maximum. Cal saves energy and $1,372 per year for every 100 refrigerator units.

Moving Out
Housing Facilities and Campus Recycling and Refuse Services (CRRS) work together with Re-Used Stuff Emporium (ReUse) to recover recyclable cardboard and usable discarded class readers, appliances, clothing and housewares left by students when they leave for the summer. Readers and notebooks are recovered and redistributed to students the following semester.

Recycling and Sustainability
Housing Facilities has made recycling easy in the residence halls with collection areas for:

• glass, metal & plastic containers

• clean, mixed paper
• used appliances
• cell phone batteries

• TVs and computer monitors

Housing Facilities has implemented several energy-saving measures to conserve energy & reduce utility costs, such as installing light bulbs & ballasts that meet or exceed Title 24 Federal lighting requirements; and installing Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and local thermostatic controllers on gas heat boilers.

In collaboration with the Residential Sustainability Program and Green Campus Programs, Housing Facilities offers a light-bulb exchange program. Each resident can trade an incandescent light bulb for a compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for their personal desk lamps. And, Housing facilities has installed low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads that restrict water flow in an effort to conserve of water.

More Information
And if you’re looking for more ways to go green on your own and where to buy green products, here are a few tips and links.

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