Welcome to the Green Room Certification Program
All roommates should participate in filling out this checklist. Make sure you are using  the appropriate form: this is for students who are applying for certification of a suite or apartment. If you are looking to certify an entire apartment or suite, however, use the Green Living Certification Checklist. You must answer "yes" to 15 of 29 total checklist items to become a certified green apartment or suite, regardless of how many questions in total that you answer. For more information, visit our website: sustainability.richmond.edu/green-room
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Residence Hall and Suite/Apartment Number *

 
Number of Residents *



 
Names of Residents *

 
Contact Email *

Who should we email about your certification? Only the email of one resident is required, however you may give multiple contacts.
 
Greek Organization/SSIR (if applicable)

 
Is this your first time applying? *

     
 
Energy Conservation

A response of "yes" signifies the completion of the more-sustainable action. If a question does not apply to you, answer "no" or scroll past the question.
 
Do residents consistently turn off lights when the space is unoccupied? (Required for Gold Level)

     
 
Do residents use natural light (from windows) as much as possible to avoid turning on lights? (Required for Gold Level)

     
 
Do residents "power down" before going on breaks? (Required for Gold-Level)

A room "power down" includes unplugging TVs, computers, and powerstrips. Refrigerators should be unplugged with the door open and a towel underneath them to prevent molding.
     
 
Do residents keep windows shut while heat is on?

     
 
Do residents hang clothes or use drying racks instead of the dryer?

Please answer yes if 20% of clothes or more are dried without the use of the drier
     
 
In auxiliary lighting, do residents use compact fluorescent (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs?

     
 
Are automatic sleep settings activated on computers?

     
 
Do residents use power strips?

Even when a device is turned off, it may still be drawing energy from an outlet. This is what is known as a “phantom load.” To reduce phantom loads, plug devices into a power strip and turn off the strip when devices are not in use.
     
 
Do residents use cold water settings to wash laundry as much as possible?

By washing your clothes in cold water, you save energy that would have been used to heat water.
     
 
Are appliances in the room Energy Star or EPEAT rated?

EPEAT and Energy Star determine if a device is energy-efficient. To find if your computer is EPEAT rated, go to http://ww2.epeat.net/publicsearch.aspx?stdid=0&epeatcountryid=0 and look up your computer under the “Full Search” tab. Popular gold level EPEAT-rated computers include Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. Energy Star ratings can be found here: http://www.energystar.gov/
     
 
Are power-saving modes enabled on laptops, TVS, etc?

Power saving settings can change the brightness, sleep mode, and other settings of a device to decrease the amount of energy it uses on a daily basis.
     
 
When possible, do residents keep blinds closed at night in the winter?

Windows are one of the biggest ways in which heat can escape from a building. Keeping blinds shut will conserve energy used for heating.
     
 
Do residents set to decrease energy usage thermostats when the room will be unoccupied?

For Heating:
When you are you in your room: 68 degrees, when out for the day 62 degrees, when away for the weekend 60 degrees.
For Cooling:
When you are in your room: 75 degrees, when out for the day: 80 degrees, when you are away for the weekend: 85 degrees

     
 
Do residents avoid the use of residence hall elevators?

     
 
Do residents walk, not drive, to do laundry?

     
 
Do residents unplug countertop appliances (coffee makers, blenders, etc.) when not in use?

     
 
Water Conservation

If a question does not apply to you, answer "no" or click on the next question to skipA response of "yes" signifies the completion of the more-sustainable action. If a question does not apply to you, answer "no" or scroll past the question.
 
Do residents turn off water while brushing teeth? (Required for Gold-Level)

     
 
Do residents limit showers to 10 minutes?

     
 
Do residents turn off water while they shave?

     
 
Do residents wait to do laundry until they have a full load?

     
 
Do residents conserve water while washing dishes?

Avoid leaving water running while you do dishes. To save water, you turn off water while soaping dishes or fill the sink with soapy water, wash dishes, then fill again with clean water to rinse dishes.
     
 
Waste Disposal and Reduction

A response of "yes" signifies the completion of the more-sustainable action. If a question does not apply to you, answer "no" or scroll past the question.
 
Do residents understand campus recycling guidelines? (Required for Gold-Level)

Campus is now single-stream, meaning all recycling goes into one bin. Learn what can and cannot be recycled here:
http://sustainability.richmond.edu/operations/recycling/index.html
     
 
Do residents only use recyclable water bottles, not bottled water? (Required for Gold-Level)

Not only is bottled water more expensive and creates plastic waste, but the process of making these bottles involves using large amounts of fossil fuels and water. Tap water is also more highly regulated and, thus, often cleaner.
     
 
Do residents have a designated recycling bin?

Having a designated recycling bin means waste will not need to be sorted later, and is more likely to be properly sorted.
     
 
Do residents have and use re-usable shopping bags?

     
 
Do residents properly dispose of electronic waste (or e-waste)?

Battery recycling is available in the library, and every spring an event is held on-campus where e-waste can be properly disposed of. E-waste information can be found here:
http://sustainability.richmond.edu/recycling/ewaste-collection.html
     
 
Do you print double-sided when you are able to?

     
 
Do residents use re-usable dishware?

Residents should not use paper, plastic, or styrofoam plates, cups, bowls, or silverware
     
 
Do residents keep a tray for scrap paper for re-use?

     
 
Do residents buy groceries in bulk as much as possible?

     
 
Other Green Behaviors

A response of "yes" signifies the completion of the more-sustainable action. If a question does not apply to you, answer "no" or scroll past the question.
 
Do residents use green cleaning supplies?

Green cleaning product lines include: Seventh Generation, Green Works, and Simple Green.
     
 
Do residents avoid the use of dryer sheets?

Dryer sheets contain numerous chemicals with toxic side effects when exposed to humans and the environment. Wool dryer balls provide a safer alternative.
     
 
Do residents buy secondhand furniture, appliances, etc. instead of new when possible?

     
 
Do residents use local farmer’s markets to buy groceries?

     
 
Required Items

 
Residents agree to publicly display Green Room Certification decal on a door, window, etc. where it would be visible to others"

 
Residents agree to put up reminders and or stickers to remind ourselves and others to live sustainably"

Thank you for applying to be a Green Suite/Apartment! Feel free to scroll up and review the survey to make sure you've completed 15 of the checklist items. The Office for Sustainability will be in contact with you quickly to let you know if your application was successful.
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