HERE State College is committed to
implementing environmentally sustainable practices and encouraging
residents to get involved in sustainability efforts. We strongly
believe that sustainability paves the way to a better future for
all of us, which is why HERE State College has taken the following
steps to ensure that our building maximizes energy efficiency and
- We installed reflective roofing
and white concrete instead of dark, non-reflective surfaces which
can absorb the sun’s heat and contribute to regional
- We are conveniently located near
major public transportation and provide bike storage to our
residents. This encourages eco-friendly transportation and reduces
pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
- We installed efficient faucets
throughout the building which can reduce average water usage by
more than 30%.
- We sourced the building’s
materials and products from eco-conscious manufacturers that focus
on minimizing energy usage and environmental impact.
- We implemented energy-efficient
lighting and improved heating and cooling systems which reduced our
energy usage by 5.5%.
Fun Facts About Going
There are many reasons why
sustainability is important, but it can be hard to understand the
full impact of our actions. Below, you’ll find a few fun facts on
why going green is crucial, especially in America:
- Every year, more than 900 million
trees are cut down to supply American paper!
- Paper makes up the largest part of
our trash and takes up 50% of all landfill space.
- If the average American recycled
all of their paper, they could save about 4 ½ trees per
- Recycling one glass bottle saves
enough energy to power a 100-watt lightbulb for 4
- Recycling one aluminum can saves
enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.
- Only 1% of the world’s water
supply is accessible and usable, which is why it’s crucial to
minimize our water usage!
These fun facts are only the tip of
the iceberg when it comes to sustainability. Sometimes, it’s
difficult to know where to start, which is why we’ve provided tips
on how you can reduce your environmental footprint
Many of us are already aware about
the importance of recycling materials like paper, plastic, glass,
and aluminum. HERE State College provides appropriate recycling
bins for your convenience. Please contact our staff if you need
assistance locating them. Remember the following tips when
recycling your items:
- Make sure recyclable items are
relatively clean before putting them in the bin! For containers,
give them a quick wash with soap and water. For paper, don’t
recycle anything that has been permanently contaminated by oils or
- Do not put plastic bags in the
recycling bins. If you store your recyclables in plastic bags,
remember to dump them out into the recycling bins. Plastic bags
need to be recycled separately! Many grocery stores offer plastic
bag recycling services.
- Break down any cardboard boxes
before placing them into recycling bins and ensure that they aren’t
contaminated with oil or grease stains.
What you may not know is that it’s
equally important to recycle batteries, lightbulbs, and
electronics! Items like these contain special materials that can be
reused and may harm the environment if not recycled
- The US generated 3.01 million tons
of electronic waste in 2007. Only 13.6% was recycled.
- If disposed of incorrectly, the
mercury in one fluorescent bulb can pollute 6,000 gallons of
- Disposable batteries contain
valuable metals and plastics that can be reclaimed and reused. If
not properly recycled, batteries can deposit lead, acid and mercury
in lakes, streams and landfills.
Many local businesses and
organizations offer recycling services for these special items. A
quick Google search can help you find the closest drop-off location
The three Rs, reduce, reuse, and
recycle, encompass a wide spectrum of actions you can take to make
your life more sustainable. Some of these actions are very small
and easy, but together, they can make a big impact! Let’s start by
breaking down some ways that you can reduce the amount of waste you
- When shopping for an item, choose
the one with the least unnecessary packaging.
- Minimize packaging by buying items
in bulk instead of single-serve alternatives.
- Think before you print: Is your
document ready to be printed? Is it absolutely necessary to
- Switch to fluorescent lightbulbs.
They last longer and use less energy than other
Next, let’s take a look at the many
ways you can reuse containers and products.
- Take a reusable cloth bag to the
grocery store instead of using paper or plastic bags.
- Avoid single-use items like paper
napkins and paper towels. Replace them with reusable sponges, cloth
napkins, and kitchen towels.
- Use real dinnerware and cups
instead of paper plates, disposable cups, and plastic
Finally, let’s consider how we can
recycle as much as possible.
- Purchase clothes and other items
from thrift shops or yard sales.
- Purchase products and packaging
made from materials that are easy to recycle.
- Donate gently used clothing and
items to thrift stores, homeless shelters, or similar organizations
instead of throwing them out.
If you’re new to sustainable
living, you can start by gradually incorporating a few sustainable
practices into your life. Once they become a habit for you,
consider adding a few more! Sustainability is a marathon, not a
sprint. As long as we make a consistent effort over a long period
of time, we can all make a positive impact. Please reach out to our
staff if you want additional information on the building’s