Green Initiatives

The University of the Arts is proud of our efforts to be eco-conscious. As the global community strives to improve efforts to reduce and reuse the earth's precious resources, we are pleased to have made our own internal strides to lessen our carbon footprint. Our Facilities Management team has fostered practices that lead the way in this effort.

Recycling Program
The University's recycling program is designed to contribute to the global "green" effort, reducing the amount of trash that enters our landfills. Most classroom and office waste should be discarded using the three-bin collection system illustrated below. Empty cardboard boxes should be broken down and set outside classrooms/offices for separate collection. Scrap wood should be discarded in designated areas at Anderson, Juniper and Terra halls.


        COMMINGLED                                   PAPER                                              TRASH
        Aluminum Cans Paper Food Waste
        Glass Bottles & Jars Folders Paper Cups
        Tin Cans Brochures Pizza Boxes
        Plastic Bottles Annual Reports Coffee Grinds
  Direct Mail Food-Stained Paper
  Newspapers Plastic Bags
  Soft-Backed Books Used Tissue
  Envelopes Used Paper Napkins
  Pamphlets Used Paper Towels
  Invoices Waste Styrofoam Items
  Computer Paper  

Cleaning and Paper Products
Cleaning solutions used by our Housekeeping staff are bio-renewable, formulated from plant, animal, marine and forestry materials. Bio-based products are excellent alternatives to products made from petroleum because they reduce fossil fuels used, help reduce dependency on foreign oil and are generally better for the environment.

In addition, paper towels and toilet tissue purchased are made from 100% recyclable materials. These eco-friendly products save forests, reduce landfill waste and limit CO2 emissions.

Lighting typically accounts for the largest portion of electric use in educational facilities. In an effort to reduce our energy consumption, Facilities has implemented a number of lighting projects in our academic buildings. These include retro-fitting costly T12 fluorescent fixtures to more efficient T8 fixtures, installing occupancy sensors and replacing obsolete exterior fixtures with LED equivalent fixtures. Also, the transition from incandescent to compact fluorescent lamps has been made in our residence halls. Such measures can reduce the University’s overall energy use by 25-40%.