USU Green Facts
- Hand Dryers
Hand Dryers reduce paper waste in restrooms and help save trees.
The USU saves 1,900 linear feet of paper a year from using hand dryers.
- Waterless Urinals
The USU has 40 waterless urinals throughout the facility and saves approximately 330,240 gallons of water a year.
The use of waterless urinals saves enough water in two years to fill an Olympic size swimming pool.
- Filtered Water Bottle Refill Stations
This filtered refill station saves you money and allows the reuse of water bottles.
On average 60 million water bottles get thrown away in the United States a day. Help reduce this by reusing your water bottles.
- Natural Light
The Sol Center's use of natural light reduces the building's overall energy consumption.
The Sol Center's natural light design helped the building become 26% more efficient than 2006 LEED standards. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Green Carpet Standard
The USU has implemented a Green Carpet Standard for all new and replaced carpet.
Our Green Carpet Standard is 100% recyclable so it does not have to be thrown away in a landfill.
The carpet is 100% PVC (polyvinyl chloride) free to ensure safety for human health and the environment.
- Motion Sensor Light Switches
Motion sensor light switches are used throughout the majority of USU facilities to reduce energy consumption when a space is not occupied.
- Fuel Cell Heated Pool
The USU pool is connected to the campus hydrogen fuel cell, which uses the recycled heat to warm the pool water.
- Drought-Tolerant Plants
Through the use of drought-tolerant plants that are native to California, the USU is able to use less irrigation water every year while maintaining an attractive facility.
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Florescent Light (CFL) Fixtures
The use of low efficiency halogen lighting has been eliminated from the USU facilities with the transition to higher efficiency Light Emitting Diode and Compact Florescent Light fixtures.
- USU Computer Lab Print Management
The USU Computer Lab has implemented a print management software program to reduce a large amount of paper waste from duplicate or accidental printing.
- Battery Collection Station
A battery collection station has been established to properly recycle batteries that are hazardous waste and cannot be thrown into a regular trashcan.
- Running Track and Wood Floors From Recycled Materials
The running track and wood floors in the new SRC contain a significant amount of recycled content.
- Roof-Mounted Solar Panels
The SRC will utilize roof-mounted solar panels to offset total building electricity usage.
- Recycled Power From Aerobic Equipment
With the latest technology in aerobic equipment, when students exercise in the new Student Recreation Center they will recycle power back into the building. More information on this technology can be found at ReRev - A Renewable Energy Revolution.
- Duplex Printing as Default
The Computer Lab at the USU has implemented two-sided printing with the default setting of “duplex mode” on all of its printers.