Residence halls

Virginia Commonwealth University Residential Life and Housing recognizes the importance of sustainability for quality of life now and for future generations, and works to continually improve sustainability in the residence halls. Within the residence halls, VCU strives be more sustainable by:

  • Utilizing single stream recycling in all residence halls, with recycling bins located on each floor in each residence hall
  • Offering front-load, high-efficiency washing machines in all 9-month residence halls, which reduce the amount of water used and detergent necessary
  • Using eco-friendly housekeeping chemicals, with the exception of disinfectant, which is not available in an eco-friendly form
  • Installing low-flow and motion-sensor-activated fixtures in most residence halls
  • Providing water bottle filling stations in all new and renovated residence halls, in place of traditional water fountains
  • Holding major donation drives at the end of each semester to collect school supplies, appliances and household items for the VCU Free Store
  • Building any new residence halls to LEED Silver certification to include:
    • Low-flow water fixtures (toilets, urinals, showers, and bathroom and kitchen sinks) 
    • High-efficiency washing machines 
    • Low-emitting paints and coatings 

To learn more about sustainability in residence halls, visit the VCU Residential Life and Housing website.