Environmental Commitment

Pack Planet LogoPack Planet is a Residential Life initiative that symbolizes our dedication to helping create a more sustainable future for Loyola University and the city of New Orleans. It is a commitment to reduce our environmental impact by emphasizing environmentally sustainable practices and policies.

Living on campus and in other community-style housing is a “greener” way to live, because the cost associated with day to day living (heating and A/C, etc.) is spread out over a large group of people, as opposed to just a few living in an apartment or a house. Living on campus also greatly reduces the need to drive.

Residential Life continually evaluates its impact and use of resources, and we also strongly encourage residents to get excited and help out; here are simple ways that you can get involved:

Recycle

Each residence hall has several recycling centers for office paper, aluminum and bi-metal (tin) cans, newspapers/magazines, and cell phones/batteries/ink cartridges. The office paper recycling bins are located in the lobby of each residence hall. Aluminum and bi-metal cans may be recycled together in bins located directly outside of the residence hall entrances. Finally, newspapers and magazines can be recycled at the large labeled dumpster between Biever Hall and the West Road Garage.

Reduce

Every residence hall on campus is equipped with fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, which makes a big difference. Residents are further encouraged to turn off lights when they leave their room. Purchasing items with less packaging is another small step that can make a big impact on the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill. Taking shorter showers not only saves clean, potable water, but also saves on the energy required to heat that water. The A/C and heater should only be used as much as is needed to be comfortable. Common electrical devices like laptops and cell phone chargers use energy even when not in use, so unplugging them or using a surge protector with an on/off switch helps, as well. Take one plate at a time in the Orleans Room cafeteria; cleaning extra dishes uses extra water, which also uses extra energy.

Get Involved!

There is a recycling club on campus that meets regularly throughout the school year, and can be reached via email through recycle@loyno.edu. Many floors decide to maintain recycle bins on their own, and take turns taking the recycling down to the main lobby or to other recycling centers. Simple things make a difference, too. For example, just putting a note next to a light switch reminding everyone to turn off the lights can help.

Used Textbook Recycling

Residential Life partners with Better World Books at the end of every semester to offer an opportunity for students to donate their used textbooks to a good cause. These are typically books that cannot be sold back to the campus bookstore, and in many cases would otherwise end up in the garbage. The books donated to Better World Books by Loyola students are sold online, and the proceeds fund several literacy and education programs in Haiti. Books that cannot be sold online are donated to these same programs, and those that cannot be donated are recycled.

Every semester, the donations made by Loyola University students alone save an average of about ten trees from being harvested to make new books.

Residential Life is Going Electronic

Residential Life has taken many steps to reduce and sometimes eliminate the paper we use for day to day operations. Over the last few years, we have converted over 90% of our paperwork to electronic systems, which more efficiently utilize computing resources that were already required. Each front desk runs a database that tracks student visitation and equipment usage, whereas this information was previously written and stored on large quantities of paper. Incident reports, job requests, and program reports are a few of the other forms that were formally written and submitted on paper, but are now handled almost entirely electronically.