» Waste Management Reusables in Residence Life

This chapter focuses on student behavior and use of reusable items within the residential halls. Waste audits and survey data have concluded that students rely on single-use items for their convenience and lack of resources. Currently, there are only two water bottle refill stations in the residential halls, forcing many students to buy plastic water bottles or gallon jugs. Also, students in freshman halls are not able to easily wash their reusable items, even if they would like to utilize them.

By implementing a reusable take out container program and increasing education, students will foster habits of sustainability to carry through their life. For more information refer to Chapter 3 of the 2016 Environmental Waste Audit, written by Natalie Kobayashi and Nicole Morgan.

  • Reusables in Residence Life
  • Water Bottle Refill Stations
  • Promoting behaviors that generate less waste is the first step in a reduction of waste.  This is achieved by providing online content created to fill the current void of information available to first year students.  An article was created on HerCampus highlighting easy and innovative adoptable habits that will contribute to continued waste diversion over time. Implementing a reusable takeout container program in the cafeteria will allow students and faculty to take their meals to go without creating waste.  The case study of Indiana State University, also exclusively serviced by Sodexo, demonstrates the programs practicality and success.  Additionally, by committing to a reduction of packaging from convenience items, Chapman can encourage more sustainable behaviors. 

  • Map of water refill stations.

    In the 2016 Chapman University Environmental Audit, students described their difficulty of access to water in the residential halls. Students explained that the sinks are too shallow to fill up their reusable water bottles or water pitchers and they do not have the resources to clean reusable items. Since there are only two refill stations in the residential halls, one in Henley Basement and the other in Davis Community Center, many first year students turn to single-use plastic water bottles for their convenience. By installing more water bottle refill stations in the residential halls, students will have less barriers to increasing their sustainable behavior. The University would only need to invest $16,000 to provide refill stations for each hall.