The daily habits of students play an incredible role in Virginia Tech’s sustainability initiatives. Even while living in a residence hall, students can make an impact on campus and the surrounding community. Making an environmental impact can be as easy as using a recycling bin or committing to take Blacksburg Transit.

The Green Room Program recognizes the efforts being made by students and inspires them to continue to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.

To take part in the program, students can complete a survey to measure their green lifestyle. The survey highlights energy and water usage, recycling habits, transportation preferences, food choices, and commuting practices. Within each section, there are statements that may be applicable to your particular lifestyle. Select all that apply. Each statement has a point value attached to it, such as one point for bringing a car to campus or  five points for opting to walk everywhere. The more points accumulated, the higher the ranking. There are three ranking levels: bronze, silver, and gold.

Students  may take the survey as many times as desired; however, being truthful is key to understanding your true level of environmental consciousness.

Complete the survey to measure your green lifestyle and get Green Room Certified today.

Upon completion of the Green Room Program, students will receive a certificate and sticker commemorating their accomplishment.

Make an Impact

Even small changes can make a big impact.

  • Use public transportation to avoid the additional input of greenhouse emissions in the atmosphere. According to the EPA, an average sedan emits 4.7 tons of CO2 per year.
  • Go vegetarian for one meal a week to save water. According to One Green Planet, this could save approximately 23,000 gallons of water annually.
  • Reduce your shower time by five minutes to save water. Annually, that would amount to approximately 2,000 gallons of water saved.