Frequently Asked Questions . . .
Does turning off fluorescent lights throughout the
day shorten the life expectancy of the light
While turning on and off the fluorescent lights
frequently can reduce the lamp's life, leaving the
light on for extended periods of time will shorten
the lamp's life too. The role of thumb
is if you plan to leave the room for more than 5
minutes, it is best to turn off the light to save
energy. Research shows that over the
light's lifetime, the energy savings of turning off
the light far outweighs the cost of replacing the
How do I know what initiative is sustainable?
Across campus, use of the
Sustainability Initiatives logo below will identify
sustainability initiatives specific to Winthrop
What can I recycle on campus?
In general, you can recycle
mixed office paper, newspaper,
aluminum cans, plastic bottles, plastic grocery bags,
corrugated cardboard, printer cartridges, batteries,
light bulbs, and office electronics. It is okay to
recycle sticky notes as well as paper with paper clips
and staples. Special recycling
collection efforts are also done during move-in and
move-out from the residence halls.
Click on the Recycling or
Facilities & Operations tab to the left for more current
If you have any additional
questions or concerns, please call
the recycling coordinator, Tim Hill at
or the sustainability coordinator, Chris Johnson at
Where do I recycle materials on campus?
Locations of collection bins vary from building to
building. If you don’t find
what you are looking for, please call the recycling
coordinator, Tim Hill at 323-2318 or the
sustainability coordinator, Chris Johnson at 323-2389.
Corrugated cardboard recycling bins were
located near the residence halls during move-in. But
they have disappeared. What happened?
Extra bins are brought to campus during move-in to
collect a rather large influx of corrugated cardboard.
Permanent locations are behind Dinkins, Thomson
Cafeteria, Sims, in the gravel parking lot at the
Facilities Management Operations Center, and next to
McBryde. please call
the recycling coordinator, Tim Hill at
or the sustainability
coordinator, Chris Johnson at
How can I help to reduce energy
consumption on campus (and in my personal life)?
Winthrop encourages energy efficiency through its
Conservation Plan and Policy.
The policy recommends that all faculty, staff,
and students help reduce energy use by practicing
the following requests:
Turn off all lights when
leaving an empty classroom or office or when natural
daylighting is available and adequate.
Turn off all computers, printers, scanners,
TVs, stereos, bathroom and kitchen fans, etc. when they
are not in use.
Unplug cell phone
chargers when not in use.
Turn off computer screen
savers - they are not required and use about as much
energy as the computer itself.
Consider walking, biking,
roller skating to destinations instead of using a
car or truck.
- Personal heaters and fans
are prohibited by
- Reduce office lamp usage.
Replace light bulbs with CFL bulbs.
Be sure all exterior doors
and windows are closed during he heating and cooling
Move furniture away from
heat source to allow heat to flow into the office
Visit the US
South Carolina Energy
Office or your utility provider's
website for additional resources about methods for
reducing energy consumption.
How can I reduce the amount of paper I
use on campus?
In general, think before you
print. Do not print email unless necessary; print
on both sides of paper; communicate through email
instead of paper memos; use the web page for class
administration purposes; and, have assignments submitted
electronically where possible. Many forms on
campus are now being converted to electronic submission.
How is dining services doing its part to
be more sustainable?
Services is contracted through
ARAMARK. Special emphasis is given to sustainable
How are the residence halls doing their
part to be more sustainable?
Residence Life sponsors three residence hall floors
Environmental Issues Academic Success
Communities; provides recycling bins in every
student room; provides recycling stations in every
lobby or designated trash areas in the residence
halls; participates in the RecycleMania, a national
recycling competition; encourage Resident Assistants do programming on
sustainable issues; and, have developed and implemented
on-line procedures to eliminate departmental forms
and files on student and operational issues.
Does Winthrop purchase “green”
Yes. Winthrop University
has approved a
Procurement Policy. The
purpose of the policy is to support the statewide
Initiative per the SC Senate Bill
1497 by purchasing products that minimize the harmful
effects of their use and final disposition upon the
environment. Winthrop University recognizes that the
purchasing decisions of our employees can make a
difference in favor of environmental quality. We prefer
the purchase of environmentally preferable products
whenever they perform satisfactorily and are available
at a reasonable price.
Prior to approving the
Winthrop purchased paper products (office and
otherwise) with recycled content, use furniture
vendors who include recycled content in their
products, and use low VOC (volatile organic
Are there any “green” buildings on
Lois Rhame West Center is a LEED-certified building.
In spite of the historic nature of campus and its
buildings, efforts are made to green-up buildings
Is there a no-idling policy on campus?
Vehicle No Idling
Policy applies to employees and
students using personal or Winthrop University gasoline
or diesel powered passenger vehicles and light trucks
should turn them off if idling more than 30 seconds.
Larger diesel vehicles operating under heavy load should
be allowed to idle for 3 minutes to cool down. Vehicles
should not be left running while unattended. The
operator of the vehicle/equipment should turn off the
unit and remove the keys from the ignition. Visitors to
campus, including buses and contractor/vendor vehicles,
are subject to the same policy as employees and students
and will be asked to comply.
The campus is beautiful. What kinds
of sustainable initiatives influence landscaping and
grounds maintenance on campus?
Winthrop University uses mulch
from our mulching operation in the greenhouses for
hanging baskets, and also in the plant and flower
beds. Additionally, we plant native species plants
as much as possible that are already adjusted to the
area’s rainfall to avoid having to water plants.