Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What if a given criteria does not apply? If a criteria does not apply, please note this in your email when submitting the commitment.
  2. What if a given criteria is completely impossible?  If a criteria is impossible to meet, please make an effort to offer an alternative commitment and note this in your email when submitting your commitment.  One example could be a faculty member who does not assign papers and for whom electronic tests are not possible given the nature of the discipline.  In such a case, please feel free to offer an alternative commitment, such as accepting homework on used paper, reducing handouts, or taking notes electronically during meetings.
  3. Who’s going to check up to make sure I’m fulfilling my commitment?  No one.  This is a voluntary commitment designed to enourage intentional efforts to reduce paper usage.  The Sustainability Office may check in with you to assess the effectiveness of the program, but the certification is based on an honor system.  If you find that you can’t meet your commitment, just let us know what you did accomplish and we’ll celebrate that!  The goal is simply to reduce.
  4. What if I need help identifying a paper reduction goal?  Just let us know–we’d be glad to help you identify a goal that is meaningful and achievable.
  5. How do I find out past paper usage for my office/department?  The Sustainability Office has estimates for past paper usage for all offices/departments on campus.  Just let us know and we’d be glad to give you that information.

Please free to contact the Sustainability Office with more questions at creationcare@houghton.edu.

Laundry

Sustainable Laundry Tips

Here are a few tips on how to conserve water and energy, while still getting clean clothes.  Reducing our water and energy consumption is not only good stewardship, but also saves money and reduces our impact on God’s creation.

  • Only wash dirty clothes–if it’s not dirty and doesn’t stink, try wearing it again
  • Use cold water settings with the washing machines
  • Always wash a full load–this not only saves energy & water, but also leads to cleaner clothes
  • Use less detergent–most detergent bottles recommend using more than is necessary
  • Clean the lint filter before drying
  • Only dry as long as necessary
  • Air dry your clothes on a drying rack