Sustainability is a complex concept. The most often quoted definition comes from the UN World Commission of Environment and Development: "sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
RHA and Residence Life have taken the lead in making sure NDSU Residence Halls are proactive in this vital movement by coordinating the below:
Move-in Cardboard Collection
In a partnership with the City of Fargo and Minnkota, Residence Life collects cardboard throughout Move-in Weekend to ensure it is recycled and not thrown in the trash. In 2017, this program recycled 6,295 pounds of cardboard and threw away 686 pounds of non-recyclable material!
RHA tracks residence hall kilowatt numbers on a weekly basis and has signs in the halls that indicate energy usage. Residents are educated on energy conservation and encourage to be energy wise!
Did you know that food waste in the United States is between 30-40 percent of the food supply? Americans throw away billions of pounds of food each year, worth billions of dollars and enough to feed millions of people. RHA developed Waste Busters to help educate students of this problem, and to help reduce food and liquid waste in the Residence Dining Center (RDC).
Residence Life sorts and weighs trash and recycled items from one residence hall (Stockbridge) and one academic building (the Music Building) to compare waste vs recycling for each. This information is communicated campus wide.
Donate, Don't Dispose
The goal of this program is to reduce the amount students throw out at the end of spring semester when they move out of their residence hall. Residence life encourages students to bring gently used clothing, non-expired and non-perishable food items, and other unwanted belongings to a collection point where they are donated to community organizations.