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A Student Guide to Sustainable Living
at Boston College

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What is Sustainability? 3

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 4

Where to recycle

Dining Halls

Bin Signage

Conservation 8

Green Cleaning

Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction

Water Conservation

Living Green on Campus 11

Extracurricular Activities

Academic Programs

Commuting

Table of Contents

A Student Guide to Sustainable Living at Boston College | 2017-8

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reduce, reuse, recycling

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McElroy
• Recycle all plastic to-go containers, empty

plastic cups, bottles, glass, cereal boxes, milk
cartons and yogurt containers in the blue
recycle bins.

• Throw out all trash (plastic bags, plastic
utensils, dirty paper/plastic plates/bowls &
wrappers in the black trash bins.

• Food organics (compost) are located with all
waste receptacle bins and should be used to
dispose of food scraps, napkins, tea bags,
and unlined paper products.

Corcoran Commons
Simply put all your trash, recycling, and china
on the conveyor belt. It will be sorted for you;
composting and recycling are done by Dining
Services staff.

Hillside
• Recycle all plastic cold cups, hot drink

sleeves, drink lids, bottles, cans & milk
cartons, etc. in the round single stream
recycling hole in the wall.

• Compost compostable plates, food scraps,
and napkins in slot at the wall

• Throw out drink cups with wax coated
insides, straws and wrappers.

Chocolate Bar (Stokes)
• Recycle all items listed above in McElroy

• Throw out dirty napkins, straws, hot cups
with wax coated insides and dirty paper/
plastic plates.

Lyons
• Recycle all items listed above in McElroy

• Throw out napkins, straws, and drink cups
with wax coated insides, dirty paper and
plastic plates/bowls

Residence Halls Quick Tips

• Large Recycling totes are located in
every residence hall, either on the
first floor of the building, or by the
floor trash rooms.

• Collect all recyclables in your dorm/
apartment/suite and recycle them in
the single-stream recycling totes

• All residential hall rooms, suites,
and apartments have blue or maroon
individual bins for recycling. When
full, empty in the larger recycle bins
within the residence hall.

• You can always bring your own
recycle bins or improvise! For
example, reuse paper bags or old
boxes.

• Bring your own trash bin for your
room.

Stuart
• Recycle all empty, plastic to-go containers,

empty plastic cups, bottles, glass, cereal
boxes, milk cartons and yogurt containers in
the blue recycle bins.

• Throw out all trash (food waste, plastic bags,
plastic utensils, dirty paper/plastic plates/
bowls and wrappers) in the black trash bins.

• Organics Recycling bins are located with all
waste receptacle bins and should be used to
dispose of food scraps, napkins, tea bags,
and unlined paper products.

All classrooms and offices have recycling/
trash bins. Outside trash bins are paired with
recycling bins.

*For a detailed list of items to be recycled see
Office of Sustainability website, “Where Can I
Recycle My…?”

Recycling in the Dining and Residence Halls

http://www.bc.edu/offices/sustainability/campus-initiatives/recycling/where-can-i-recycle.html
http://www.bc.edu/offices/sustainability/campus-initiatives/recycling/where-can-i-recycle.html

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Items such as glass contaminated
with dirt or food waste, ceramics,
and incandescent light bulbs should
not go in your recycling bin.

Note: Cardboard pizza boxes with
grease residue should be thrown
in the trash.

Signage

BC has single stream recycling, so
if it is recyclable throw it in one of
those blue bins!

Not sure if it is recyclable?
When in doubt, look for a recycle
symbol somewhere on the item.

At BC Dining, our partner, Save
That Stuff, collects all pre-consumer
food waste as compost. This
includes fruits, vegetables, meat,
poultry, bones, eggshells, and dairy
products. Lower Dining Hall does
post-consumer, as well as pre-
consumer composting.

Food scraps may also go to a facility
that processes materials for energy
and composts the residue material.

New front-of-house composting
in Mac.

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living green on campus

12A Student Guide to Sustainable Living at Boston College | 2017-8

Green your commute
Boston College’s busses use at least 5% biofuel
and travel all around the Main Campus, Newton
Campus, Commonwealth Ave, and to and from
the Chestnut Hill Mall.

• For information on the bus schedule and
stops, check out the website for the Office
of Transportation, or download the free app
TransLoc on your phone.

• Riding the BC Bus shuttle is a convenient
and easy way to reduce traffic congestion
and air pollution around campus.

• Go Electric! BC offers EV charging stations
on the 2nd floor of the Commonwealth Ave.
Garage.

Green your lifestyle
Here are some other ways you can incorporate
sustainability into your life at BC.

Join the Sustainability Living & Learning
Community
Located in Vanderslice Hall, this is a
community for sophomores interested in
exploring the broad topic of sustainability,
engaging in service, and being part of a
new opportunity to promote environmental
awareness. Apply through Residential Life in
the Spring.

Eat at Addies
Located on the second floor of Corcoran
Commons, The Loft @ Addie's serves local,
sustainable foods such as custom flatbreads and
handmade veggie burgers, as well as specialty
fair trade coffee drinks.

Other dining halls offer healthy and sustainably
prepared meal choices.

Green Commuting Quick Tips

• Take the stairs instead of the elevator

• Use the T instead of individual cars
when possible – see Parking and
Transportation for discounts

• Rideshare if you are using a car

• Walk or bike to close locations

• Visit the commuting tab on the BC
sustainability webpage for more
ideas and information about green
commuting

For more information visit www.bc.edu/sustainability

• The tools and creativity necessary
to envision and implement paths to
sustainable solutions

• A solid background for environmentally
related graduate programs and/or careers in
business, education, law, policy, planning,
government, or research

Environmental Geoscience Department
A BS program to students who want to work
professionally in earth and/or environmental
science, or obtain a foundation in preparation
for post-graduate work in earth sciences,
environmental law and policy, resource
management, environmental education, or
research.

http://www.bc.edu/offices/sustainability/
http://www.bc.edu/offices/sustainability/

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For more information visit: www.bc.edu/sustainability

This guide was created in 2016 by the Boston College Office of Sustainability to provide students, faculty,
and staff with answers to questions about living and working sustainably on BC’s campus.

Credits:
Robert Pion, Director of Sustainability; Liza DeGenring, ‘16; Delia Ridge Creamer, ‘16; Brigid Rooney, ‘17;
Summer Zacca, ‘17; Kathleen Roche ‘18; Skye Fournier, ‘19

Icons: Noun Project

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