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Carbon Neutral Laundry in the Residence Halls

Northern Arizona University’s Housing and Residence Life’s partnership with Mac-Gray Campus Solutions has resulted in NAU becoming become one of the first colleges in the state of Arizona and in the Southwest to have a carbon neutral laundry program. NAU is one of about 47 colleges and universities in 17 states that are participating in The “Lighten Our Load” initiative which provides for the installation of water and energy efficient laundry machines and a 100% offset of the calculated 787,655 pounds of carbon dioxide annually produced by NAU residents.

Mac-Gray Campus Solutions partners with Carbonfund.org for their offset projects using the guidelines set forth by the November 2008 ACUPCC Voluntary Carbon Offsets Protocol. To ensure compatibility with ACUPCC protocols, only projects that represent absolute and immediate GHG reductions are chosen for funding.

Housing and Residence Life has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability with ongoing facilities upgrades and retrofits and by providing residential programs that include the Eco-House Learning Community and Eco-Rep peer educators. “We have adopted sustainability as a department-wide value and are looking through that lens in everything that Housing and Residence Life does. Implementing a carbon neutral laundry program is yet another innovative strategy for us in our endeavor to make all of our practices more sustainable,” Scott Perelstein, Associate Director for Facilities.

Pictured, from left to right: Scott Perelstein, Associate Director of Facilities; Cori Cusker, Coordinator for Sustainability; and Dr. Rich Payne, Executive Director, Housing and Residence Life.

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