Be empowered—go green!
Below you will find student resources for on- and off-campus Emerson students for green living. Our College is committed to building a community that promotes a better lifestyle through conscious sustainable behavior change. Let’s work together to improve Emerson’s footprint on our campus, the local community, and the environment.
Green Room Certification Program
Are you friendly? What about eco-friendly? Join the Green Room Certification Program (GRCP) and make your room an eco-oasis by adopting a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. The GRCP is open to all students currently living in an Emerson residence hall.
Certification awarded to students who meet criteria outlined in the Green Room Certification Program Checklist. Students can earn one of two certification levels based on the number of points they receive: Level I (65 pts) and Level 2 (100 pts). Please note that GRCP certification may be subject to auditing by the Office of Sustainability.
Having a Green Room means choosing to reduce the amount of energy and water you use, the amount of waste you generate, and the size of your carbon footprint. Join in to live a healthy, creative, cost-effective, friendly and fun four years at Emerson!
- Reduce your impact on the environment.
- Help Emerson College achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.
- Learn to save money by cutting energy and water use and changing consumption habits.
- Have fun and win awesome prizes.
- Receive a certificate celebrating your achievement to display on your door once certified.
- Gain entry into the biannual Green Room Certification Program Raffle to win $50 to a sustainability-related store of your choice (Patagonia, Fjallraven, LL Bean, Whole Foods, Apple). *Certified Level II participants are entered twice.
- Earn a Chipotle party for your residence hall floor! When half or more of the rooms on your floor have been certified, the Office of Sustainability will treat the whole floor to dinner.
Green Apartment Checklist
Bring this useful guide with you when checking out new apartments and meeting with landlord or previous renters. The questions will allow you to see how the apartment is currently being operated and if there’s room for improvement. Questions cover waste, walkability/sustainable transit, water, energy, purchasing, and access to green space.
And remember, you can go green and save money in your apartment all at once with some easy steps:
Swap bulbs: Switch your energy inefficient incandescent bulbs (invented by Thomas Edison in 1879!) for compact fluorescents (CFLs) or LEDs that will last for years and lower your electricity bill.
Use power strips: Electronics left on sleep/standby or even plugged in and off will suck energy (think phone charger in the socket). Get a strip to plug devices into and switch off the power when leaving. Some models (like smart strips) even shut off unused devices automatically.
Air out your water: We use a ton of water in our daily lives (showering, doing dishes, washing hands, letting the faucet run while we brush our teeth…oops!), and the supply of water is not endless. If you can’t install low-flow faucets, you still can cut back by installing aerators. Aerators screw onto your faucets and shoot air into your water stream so that the pressure remains high but you use less water.
Don’t buy bottled water: Did you know that Boston ranked #1 for best tasting tap water in the country?! Using a reusable bottle and drinking tap is an easy and impactful move—prevent plastic from sitting in landfills and save money for going out with friends by choosing tap!