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Campus Sustainability Improvements

Repurpose, reduce, reuse, rethink, recycleRecycling

  • Beverage containers
  • Metals
  • Cardboard
  • Pallets
  • Packaging materials
  • Furniture recycling and reuse
  • Shredded paper
  • VTC white paper pickup
  • Construction materials
  • White goods 


  • Grass mulching
  • Tree waste chipped and used for landscape mulch
  • Low-water use vegetation – use of native plants
  • Drip irrigation
  • Weather-based irrigation controls – based on evaporation rates and temp
  • Low-flow irrigation spray heads
  • Low-maintenance landscapes
  • Irrigation water separate from potable water – switching to well water
  • High nitrate well water reduces need for fertilizer
  • Storm water retention basins. 

Hazardous Materials

  • Recycling chemicals and paints
  • Recycling universal waste – light tubes, batteries, incandescent bulbs, light ballasts
  • Recycling electronic waste – computers, printers, monitors, radios, televisions, copiers
  • Recycling automotive oils, greases, and antifreeze
  • Utilizing non-hazardous parts cleaners
  • Recycling vehicle batteries and tires
  • Recycling used vehicles either through auction or scrap metal 

Paper Reduction

  • Electronic communications – Email – myHancock Website
  • Two-sided copying
  • Recycled content copy paper
  • Book Rentals
  • Book buy-back program
  • Electronic textbooks
  • Books available to the library on loan 

Facilities Efforts

  • Automated energy management systems for HVAC and lighting
  • Timers and photo-sensors on parking lot and perimeter building lighting
  • lighting dual-function occupancy sensors
  • Updating HVAC system using less energy
  • Updating lighting systems using less energy – moving to LED technology
  • Replacing old boilers with high-efficiency units
  • Utilizing multi-stage tankless water heaters
  • Carpets from recycled materials – use of carpet squares for less waste
  • Low VOC paints and stains
  • Electric hand dryers
  • Green chemicals for cleaning
  • Waterless urinals
  • Automatic controls on water faucets and toilets
  • Recycling/trash bins
  • Installation of water bottle filling stations
  • Skylights for natural lighting
  • Parking lots – grinding asphalt – reusing as base materials
  • Solar roof panels for electrical savings ( new childcare center) 


  • Updating from older vehicles to more efficient vehicles
  • Switchover to electric vehicles
  • Additional bicycle racks
  • Additional walkways
  • Bus stops – adding more in the future 

Recycled Products Purchased

  • Entry mats and fatigue mats
  • Plastic piping for storm sewers
  • Copy paper
  • Recycled content paper towels and toilet paper
  • Shop towels