Campus Rec engages in practices, purchasing, and ethics that consider the environmental impact of the choices it makes. From purchasing environmentally conscious cleaning products to leading trips that employ a Leave No Trace policy, Campus Rec is committed to finding sustainable alternatives.
Leave No Trace / Service Trips
The Outdoor Program offers student-led trips to various places in the Oregon landscape. Every trip exercises a Leave No Trace policy. Student trip leaders educate participants about the principles of Leave No Trace, demonstrating ways to minimize the impact outdoor recreation has on the environment. Additionally, service trips are also offered, where participants can take an active role in giving back to the environment and local community by cleaning up areas that may have trash or obvious evidence of human impact.
Zero Waste Events
Campus Rec strives to produce events that are zero waste. Campus Rec prioritizes purchasing and utilizing fully compostable and recyclable materials, considers energy/water use, works with socially responsible vendors, and purchases materials that offer recycled content (such as printed materials and decorations).
Cleaning / Sanitation Products
Housekeeping products that are non-toxic, fragrance-free, and have low VOCs are purchased for areas throughout the facility. These cleaning products include a neutral PH cleaner and glass cleaner from Mt. Hood Solutions, a local company. These products are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and are environmentally safe, using low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A VOC is emitted as gas from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (can be up to ten times higher) than outdoors.
Administratively, Campus Rec exercises various sustainable practices including recycling all paper, cardboard, plastic, and glass, composting food waste, double-sided paper printing, re-purposing office supplies, and turning off computers at the end of the day.
It is important that materials and equipment that are used, given as promotional items, or sold in the facility have some of the following elements: organic, sourced locally (made in the US when possible), made from biodegradable materials and/or post-consumer recycled content, be made from more sustainably sourced/produced materials, and/or come from low-carbon vendors. Some of those include but are not limited to; yoga mats used in fitness classes purchased locally and those sold at Member Services which are made from recycled materials, water bottles and shirts for sale, most of the promotional items such as biodegradable pens made from corn starch and paper, t-shirts made from 100% organic materials, all materials printed on paper containing 100% post-consumer recycled content, BPA-free water bottles, and more.