Resource Efficiency Program

The Harvard Office for Sustainability mission is to advance solutions to evolving global health and environmental challenges that benefit the common good by translating research into practice and empowering people to be stewards for the future. Check out the Office’s page here to see what we do, what you can do, how to contact us, where we are located, etc.

Hi! I am DaLoria Boone, the Resource Efficiency Program Representative (aka R.E.P. Rep) for the Nut House.

What’s a REP, you ask? Well in a nutshell...I’m an Adamsian student working for the Harvard Office for Sustainability to implement green initiatives in our house and to educate my peers on all things sustainability. I am always around to answer any sustainability-related questions and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. So when you have nutting... else to do come to any or all virtual study breaks and other virtual events promoted by the Office for Sustainability!

 

Just a few reminders for on campus living:

  1. ALL compost, trash and recycling should be taken directly to the trash room. Other locations to bring compost will be sent out later this week

  2. When washing your dishes, please put all food waste with your compost or trash. Do not put food waste in your bathroom sink because this will clog the drain and cause plumbing backups! 

3. Please keep your HEPA filter on at the highest setting and run as often as possible.

4. Continue to wear a face covering in public and common spaces, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

 5. Please see the following for a few general instructions on how to turn on the heat.  ​​

  • Please note that the heat only turns on when the outside temperature is below 55 degrees during the day time hours and below 45 degrees after 1:00am. 
  • The heat can be regulated through the knob on the radiator, or the thermostat.  The 3rd notch corresponds to 63 degrees, so it is recommended to turn the heat up to the 4th or 5th notch.  The snowflake indicates that the heat is off.  
  • Please keep windows closed otherwise energy is being wasted. 
  • Keep radiators clear so they may function properly. 
  • Turn the radiator off before leaving your room for an extended period of time. 

6. ) As you come back to campus or continue your classes from home, I have some resources  that could help during the current pandemic. 

Purchasing a reusable mask:

LooptWorks: LooptWorks masks meet the WHO standards that EH&S recommends (two layers of materials). All the materials used to create Looptworks products at one time were headed to the landfill, or worse. They intercept and utilize these industry excess materials, transforming them into new, useful products — a process known as upcycling.

TS Designs: A selection of mask options made from upcycled t-shirts as well as new U.S. cotton yardage.

Look for cloth masks made from organic or recycled materials when possible!

Creating and washing a Reusable mask:

  • Here is one DIY video for making a reusable mask to help you get started.

  • The CDC recommends washing your reusable masks after every use. To make your masks last longer, we recommend hand-washing and air-drying them (dryer heat can damage elastic!) to save energy and water. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap works up a sudsy lather and is made with all-natural, organic ingredients that won’t irritate your skin or your senses. This video emcompasses several techniques. 

  • The CDC has guidelines for how to wash masks with bleach safely if you choose to do so. 

7. ) Recycling & Composting:

On Campus:

  • YES, recycling and composting on campus are still being serviced on campus and delivered to their respective waste diversion facilities.

  • Any one who needs any more recycling bins for your room on campus, feel free to reach out to Jorge! 

  • All hard plastic, paper, glass bottles and jars, cardboard (AKA Amazon Prime boxes...), metal cans, and foils! If you’re ever unsure whether to recycle or trash something, this is the place to check!  

At Home:

  • If you are not on campus this semester, please note that your recycling and composting guidelines are probably different than on campus. Check with your landlord, local government, or waste provider for local details. Earth911.com can also be a good resource, but it’s always best to confirm your options locally.

  • Are you home and missing your compost bin on campus? Consider composting at home! It is easy to start no matter what space you are in. Compost items such as fruit and veggie scraps, yard waste, and paper towels. When composting at home, avoid adding items such as compostable utensils, meat, or dairy. Those items need a commercial operation to break down effectively and are more likely to cause issues. The EPA has a great introduction to composting at home. 

  • All hard plastic, paper, glass bottles and jars, cardboard (AKA Amazon Prime boxes...), metal cans, and foils! If you’re ever unsure whether to recycle or trash something, this is the place to check!  

8.) This is basic, but please make sure to turn off all lights and fans when you leave your room whether you are on campus or not!