Office of Sustainability Practices

Environment Friendly Living

The following 5 tips are targeted towards students who will be living in our on-campus dorms. Each of these items or routines are ones that all students will be exposed to while living in the GVSU community.

1. Reusable water bottles

Instead of loading up on bottled water to help stay hydrated during all-night study sessions, grab a BPA-free water bottle (like a





Kleen Kanteen

) and a tabletop water filter, or a filtering system that you can keep in the fridge. Check out

Green Dorm Rooms


2. Use the used

Goodwill, EBay Local, Craigslist….these are just some of the places where you can find some of the coolest things for your dorm room or apartment. And saving big bucks is always a good thing for the new college student. Also an option is “shopping” in the family garage, attic, or basement – chances are there are a few free items to be found that your parents might want to get rid of.

3. Ride the Rapid

The Rapid bus system is free for students and saving on travel means saving money for gas and car repairs. To find out more about the Transportation initiatives across campus, click here to go to the Transportation page.

4. Green Laundry

To shop for more eco-friendly detergents, look for labels that indicate a product is readily biodegradable and phosphate-free, and made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients (instead of petroleum-based), which means they’re healthier for the planet, from production to rinse cycle. These are often gentler on skin, too. Concentrated laundry detergents have reduced packaging and a smaller carbon footprint (because more useful product can be shipped using less space and fuel).

5. Green Cleaning Supplies

Buy natural all purpose cleaners. Green Works, available at Target and Meijer, is a natural all-purpose cleaner that works on grease, grime, dirt, soils and messes, and is safe on multiple surfaces throughout the kitchen and bathroom, including counters, appliances, stainless steel, sealed granite, chrome, cooktop hoods, sinks and toilets. It is 99% natural.

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