Current Initiatives

The "Cold is Cool" campaign encourages students, and everyone for that matter, to be weary of their carbon footprint [pawprint] during seemingly innocent household tasks like doing the laundry. If you wash your clothes with cold water versus warm water, you can cut back on emissions by 90%! What is so crazy about that, is the fact that using warm water to wash your clothes is of no greater benefit to your clothes as cold water is. Cold water and cold water detergents decrease the setting of stains as well as the shrinking of clothes!

Look for the posters in your laundry room in campus residence hall or apartment!

Want to learn about more ways to conserve energy when doing the laundry?

Here are some tips brought to you by the Alliance to Save Energy:

  • Do full loads of laundry. Filling up your washing machine with water requires energy, and it’s a waste if done for a partial load.
  • Do not over-wash clothes. Delicate and gently worn clothes don't need as long of a wash cycle as soiled, sturdy clothes.
  • Clean the dryer lint filter after every load. A lint-free filter improves air circulation and quickens drying, whereas a clogged filter and vent can cause a home fire.
  • Separate light and heavy items before drying. Lightweight items take less drying time, so don’t waste dryer time by throwing your undergarments and t-shirts in with your towels and rugs.
  • Don't over-dry clothes. Take clothes out while they are still slightly damp to reduce the need for ironing — another energy user. If your dryer has an auto-dry feature, use that instead of the timer.