GREEN INFO & RESOURCES
Each and every person on our planet impacts our environment — every day and with every action.
Students play a vital role Point Park University becoming an even more environmentally friendly and sustainable campus. Check out our Green Brochure to see some simple ways you can help to save energy, water and paper.
From how much water and electricity you use and how you use it to thinking before you print, check out some fascinating facts that may change the way you see your daily activities.
Point Park Recycles
- University and student recycling on campus
- copier toner cartridges and waste containers
- inkjet and laser printer toner cartridges
Local Programs Help You to Recycle
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to go green! Along with paper, metal and glass, check out these local businesses and organizations that recycle things you use everyday:
- old batteries from cars, laptops, cell phones, more
- unwanted clothes, toys, small working appliances or jewelry, furniture
- printer and fax toner cartridges, cell phones
- E House Company, Southside, recycles old stuff to make cool new clothing, jewelry, more
It's easy to go green! These Websites offer a lot of information about sustainability.
- Pittsburgh Climate Initiative
- The Nature Conservancy
- Worldwatch Institute
- Frugal for Life
- Greenopia Pittsburgh
- A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That's more than one person uses in two weeks.
- An energy-smart clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime.
- An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand -- an average of six gallons less, or more than 2,000 gallons per year.
- An American family of four uses up to 260 gallons of water in the home per day.
- Running tap water for two minutes is equal to 3-5 gallons of water.
- A 5-minute shower is equal to 20-35 gallons of water.
- A full bath is equal to approximately 60 gallons of water.
- Water efficient fixtures can cut water use by 30 percent.
- Although accounting for only 5 percent of the world's population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world's energy.
- America uses about 15 times more energy per person than the typical developing country.
- A heavy coat of dust on a light bulb can block up to half of the light.
- When you turn on an incandescent light bulb, only 10% of the electricity used is turned into light. The other 90% is wasted as heat.
- A compact fluorescent light bulb uses 75 percent less energy than a regular bulb and it can last up to four years.
- A crack as small as 1/16th of an inch around a window frame can let in as much cold air as leaving the window open three inches.
- Some new refrigerators are so energy-smart they use less electricity than a light bulb.
- Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30 percent of the cold air can escape.
- Every year, more than $13 billion worth of energy leaks from houses through small holes and cracks. That's more than $150 per family.
- Office buildings use approximately 19 percent of all energy consumed in the United States.
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems account for 40-60 percent of total energy use in the commercial sector.
- A single-sided, 10-page letter costs $.55 to mail. If copied on both sides, the letter uses only five sheets and costs only $.34 to mail.
- One ton of 100 percent recycled paper saves the equivalent of 4,100 kWh of energy, 7,000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air emissions and three cubic yards of landfill space.
- In the United States, more than 40 percent of municipal solid waste is paper — about 71.8 tons a year.
Point Park’s recycling policy is aimed at building a greener campus. Students, faculty and staff can recycle paper, metal cans, glass, aluminum cans and plastic. Each campus building floor has containers for recyclable materials. If you cannot locate a recycling container on campus, please contact Physical Plant at 412-392-3895.
Point Park has contracted with Toshiba Business Solutions for our photo copiers. Along with this, Toshiba offers their eCycle Program called Close the Loop®. This program allows for the University to have a central repository for all Toshiba brand photo copier toner cartridges and waste containers.
The University has a central repository for all printer cartridges — all brand names — located in Printing and Office Services. Office Depot works closely with Clover Technologies Group, which has developed a closed loop environmental process to ensure that every component of used toner cartridges they collect is either remanufactured or recycled.
Local Programs Help You to Recycle
Donate unwanted clothes, toys, small working appliances, jewelry, furniture. The Vietnam Veterans of America pick up your donation. Learn more about this organization and what is an acceptable to donate.
Recycle old cell phones, toner cartridges from printers and fax machines. Proceeds from your recycled goods go to the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council.
If not disposed of properly, old televisions are dangerous to the environment. Take your old TV(s) to an Office Depot or to Atlas Electronics and they will recycle it properly as part of Recycle-TV.
Just over the river in the Southside you will find recycled and organic clothing, jewelry and much more. Take your old stuff to the E House Company at 1511 East Carson Street and find your old junk turned into funky pieces of everyday life.
Pittsburgh Climate Initiative — A collaborative effort designed to lead Pittsburgh’s residents, businesses, government and institutions of higher learning in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Nature Conservancy — Interested in planet Earth and want to help in conserving it? You’ll find information about The Nature Conservancy’s projects to save the planet.
Worldwatch Institute — Current eco-friendly projects from around the world, as well as how to do your part.
The Treehugger — Blogs, articles, and information on how to be more eco-friendly with cars, transportation and buildings.
Ecorazzi — A green gossip Web site that gives the names of celebrities and public figures who are working on projects to conserve the planet's natural resources.
Frugal for Life — Whether you are in college, just broke, or concerned about the environment, check out articles on how to be more frugal while being sustainable.
Greenopia — Jam-packed with cool and useful information, choose any city and then read content to match that city.
Greenopia Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh-specific information.