In Your Residence Hall


The sustainable habits you make when you move into your first dorm will stick with you for life. Make sustainability part of your lifestyle from day one by reducing your footprint and participating in sustainability programs in your residence hall. For more information about residence life at GW, visit GW Housing


With Your Roommates

  • Coordinate before move-in to avoid purchasing duplicate items
  • Compost your food waste
  • Keep trash and recycling separate


With Your Hall

  • Make it a habit to turn off lights in common areas
  • Hold a clothing swap to refresh your closet or get a new Halloween costume
  • Participate in Eco Challenge

Eco Reps

Eco Reps hold programs in Residence Halls


Eco Reps are GW’s student leaders for campus development and help facilitate some of GW’s most important sustainability initiatives. Some examples of projects Eco Reps play a key role in are the Eco Challenge, Colonial Composting, and our annual Earth Hour Celebration. Eco Reps are students who are passionate about sustainability and are presented with the opportunity to collaborate with other like minded individuals. What makes an Eco Rep distinct from any other sustainability student leaders on campus is their direct connection with the administration. To learn more and join Eco Reps, email [email protected] or follow Campaign GW on Facebook


Eco Challenge

Recycle Sort


Eco Challenge is a competition between the GW residence halls in pursuit of the title of most sustainable building on campus and some fabulous prizes. Students living in residence halls, with the help of Eco-Reps, conserve their water and energy and improve their recycling. Points are tallied at the end of the semester and whichever residence hall has made the biggest effort wins a prize. Want puppies to come to your residence hall while you study? Or new water bottle filling stations? Help your residence hall win the Eco Challenge!


Green Move Out

Donation bags at Green Move Out


Green Move-Out, a major university initiative, makes the residence hall move-out process more environmentally- and community-friendly through a multifaceted donation drive. During move-out, students drop items such as bedding and linens, non-perishable food items, clothing, and books in boxes in residence halls labeled with a Green Move-Out sticker. These items are then bagged and donated to local charity partners.

This initiative is only made possible through the support of an unprecedented partnership of students, staff, and faculty volunteers, and sponsors.

Green Move-Out occurs every May. Questions regarding Green Move-Out can be emailed to: [email protected].

Green Affinity Housing in District House

District House


Affinity Housing presents the opportunity for GW registered student organizations, athletic groups, and academic organizations to create their own living community around their particular needs and interests.

The Sustainability Affinity exists as a space where students share in living environmentally just and sustainable lifestyles. This learning takes places in many ways-- from cooking with local food in the affinity's (large!) communal kitchen to attending actions together.

The deadline for applications to live in the Green Affinity are due February 13th.