Here at UW-Whitewater, sustainability is what we strive for. Residence Life is no different than the rest of campus in this regard. We aim to help our residents realize their abilities to promote change. Help us reach our goal by living, learning, and engaging in sustainable practices. Help us make our campus and our community a better place!
How Sustainable Are You?
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Take a close look at your score and see where you fall!
Higher than 35 (higher than 77%): You are a Sustainability Wizard!
You do everything in your power to be sustainable and live a green life. You should use your knowledge to help out others who may be struggling to find ways to be sustainable. Be a mentor and a teacher and let your knowledge flow!
Between 25 and 35 (55% – 77%): You are a Sustainability Advocate!
You do more sustainable things than the average person, and you have some knowledge in being green. You should use resources around you to help foster your growth in the ways of sustainability. There is always room for improvement!
Between 15 and 25 (33% – 55%): You are a Green-When-Convenient Being.
While you like the idea of sustainability, you do not go out of your way to make things happen. You should learn a little more about sustainability and what it means to our planet, our communities, and our economy. You should also find a Sustainability Advocate or Sustainability Wizard to help you along the way to realizing that it is important to be green all the time!
Less than 15 (less than 33%): You are a Sustainability Laggard.
You do not do anything that is sustainable except for maybe recycling her or there and turning your lights off now and again. This might be because you are not knowledgeable, or maybe because you just do not care. Either way, it is not too late to change how you are doing things. Every little bit helps, so be sure to start today!
You turn the lights in your room off whenever possible (watching TV, when it is sunny out, when you leave your apartment/dorm, when you take a nap, etc.)
You know exactly what can be recycled in Whitewater and have corrected people when they recycling the wrong things or throw trash in the recycling.
When getting water, soda, or coffee you use a travel mug or reusable water bottle.
If somebody asked you to describe what sustainability is, you would be able to.
No Way Yes, Flawlessly
When I go to the grocery store, I use:
a. a plastic bag
b. a paper bag
c. my own canvas bag
d. I try not to use bags at all if I can help it
When I wash my clothes, I:
a. use the warm water setting and use detergent
b. use the cold water setting and use detergent
c. use the warm water setting and an Eco-friendly detergent
d. use the cold water setting and an Eco-friendly detergent
The average length of my showers are:
a. 15 minutes or more
b. 10 to 15 minutes
c. 5 to 10 minutes
d. less than 5 minutes
My main form of transportation is:
a. diesel/gas powered truck or car
b. electric car/alternative fuel vehicle
c. mass transit (bus or train)
d. walking or biking
To warm and cool my home, I generally use:
a. air conditioner and furnace
b. air conditioner and space heater
c. air conditioner and wood burning heater/fireplace
d. fans and fireplace
e. open windows and fireplace
When I am not using my electronic devices like my laptop and television, I generally:
a. have them on in the background
b. turn the TV off and leave my computer in sleep mode
c. turn the TV and computer off
d. turn the TV and computer off and unplug both devices