Green Room Checklist

Green Room Checklist

How green is your room? For a truly Green Room, accomplish at least 30 of these tips.


  • I unplug electronic items (cell phone and computer chargers, lamps, etc.) AND/OR turn off the power strip they are plugged into when I am not using them. This helps me control their “phantom load”

  • I’ve chosen not to buy a mini-fridge OR I share one with my roommate(s)

  • I use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs in auxiliary lighting

  • I take the stairs instead of using the elevator whenever possible

  • I turn the lights off before leaving a room, including public bathrooms and common areas

  • I use Energy Star appliances (mini-fridge and television etc.)

  • I open shades or curtains to utilize natural light when indoors, instead of using more lighting

  • I only use the amount of light necessary for the task at hand, avoiding decorative lighting (stringed lights or decorative lamps). When possible, I use only daylight

  •  I have activated the sleep setting on computers to put the computer to sleep after five minutes of inactivity. If I’m leaving my computer for more than 20 minutes, I shut it down


  •  I turn water off while brushing my teeth or washing my face

  • I turn off water while applying soap or shampoo in the shower

  •  I use green laundry products free of synthetic fragrances and dyes, phosphates, bleach and surfactant nonylphenol ethoxylate (or NPEs)

  •  I do not use fabric softener

  •  I buy (or make) green cleaning products that are non-toxic, free of phosphates, bleach, synthetic dyes & fragrances and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  •  I bought towels, bed linens, and clothing made from 100% organic cotton (or a hemp/cotton blend) for college

  •  I use house plants to improve the air quality in my room instead of spray or plug-in air fresheners


  • I utilize no-carbon transportation methods to get around campus and town (skateboard, bicycle, walking, etc.)

  •  I walk to and from my destination on campus

  •  When I can’t use no-carbon transportation, I use the Fred Bus to get around town

  •  I find other students to carpool with

  •  I did not bring my automobile to school

  Waste Reduction

  •  I use scrap paper whenever possible

  •  While shopping, I am careful to avoid products with excessive packaging

  •  Instead of purchasing bottled water, I use a reusable BPA-free stainless steel or plastic water bottle

  •  I use reusable shopping bags

  •  Instead of throwing it away, I donate stuff I don’t need (usable mini-fridges, furniture, laptop, clothes, printer, etc.) to Goodwill or another community organization who resells or repurposes used goods

  •  I have at least one recycling bin in my room

  •  I use school supplies made with recycled material (i.e. paper, pens, folders, etc.)

  •  I have thrifted, homemade, and/or “second-hand” room decorations

  •  I use ink-jet printers instead of laser printers when possible

  •  I use FSC certified paper and/or paper made with post-consumer waste (PCW) recycled content

  •  I utilize duplex or double-sided printing

  •  I save reading material to computer desktop instead of printing


  •  I have taken, am taking or plan to take a sustainability-focused or sustainability-related course

  •  I am a member of a sustainability-related student group (Ecology Club)

  •  I volunteer for a sustainability related organization on campus or in the community

  •  I am aware of the Sustainability Office’s Eco-Rep Program and know who the Eco-Reps are

  •  I have inspired another student to participate in the Green Room Certification Program 


  •  To support my local economy, I buy local whenever possible

  •  While grocery shopping, I try to purchase produce that I know to be in season or organic whenever possible

  •  I purchase produce and other food items from the farmer’s market downtown at Hurkamp Park

  •  I buy Fair Trade , Rain Forest Alliance , Equal Exchange and other products that I know support just, sustainable production and trade systems


If you have any questions or comments regarding the list above, please contact the UMW Sustainability Coordinator,