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Conserving Resources

As of 2012, Campus Recreation participates in an annual Waste Characterization in order to gain valuable information about how to limit the amount of waste Malley produces, and what some of the most popular forms of waste were. In order to reach the goal of going Zero Waste by 2020, characterizing our waste is invaluable.


  • Stickers on paper towel dispensers to remind patrons to only use 2 pumps in order to get 9-10 inches of paper towels
  • Stopped printing brochures for fitness classes and intramural sports in fall 2009, saving over 500 copies of three to four page documents annually
  • Good on one side (GOOS) paper used as scratch paper throughout the department
    • Bellomy Field switched to synthetic turf in 2011 which was a cost eficient way to conserve water and create a more usable field for students withouth the threat of cancellations or closures due to weather.
    • Water bottle fillers added to water fountains throughout the Malley Center to promote the use of reusable water bottles
    • Dual flush toilets in Women’s Locker Room reduce water use by eliminating automatic flushing
    • Lifeguards tarp the pool daily to limit water evaporation
      • Center for Sustainability Investment Fund (CSIF) approved the project to switch out the basketball court lights for LED lights in summer 2016 with an estimated 25% reduction in energy consumption over 5 years
      • Solar panels located on Malley Center roof
      • Cardio equipment machines use self generated energy; they are “powered by sweat”
      • Motion sensors in work room, laundry room, conference room, and storage rooms limit unnecessary energy use throughout the day. Contact facilities if your department could benefit from motion sensored lights!
      • Basketball court lights are switched partially or completely off during the day based on court use
      • Hallway and lobby lights are turned off during sunny hours to take advantage of natural light
      • The pool is tarped daily to reduce water heater usage