At Lawrence, we consider the impact of our decisions through a sustainability lens.
Familiarizing yourself with these sustainability resources will help you live a more sustainable lifestyle at Lawrence.

LU Sustainability Tour

Green Living Guide

Lawrence's Green Living Guide was developed in partnership with the Office of Campus Life. Download a copy of the brochure here.

Recycling Guidelines

What Can I Recycle?

Aluminum and Tin Cans (soup cans)
Aluminum Foil (clean of food products)
Flattened Cardboard
Office Paper
Paperboard (cereal boxes)
Dairy and Juice Cartons (orange juice cartons)
Glass (clear, brown, green)
Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs (soda bottles, milk jugs) (clean of food products)

What Cannot be Recycled?

Bagged Recyclables* (items must be removed from bag before putting in dumpster)
Food or Liquids
Foam Cups or Containers
Loose Plastic Bags (shopping bags, bread bags)
Pizza Boxes (if contaminated with grease)
Broken Glass
Mirror or Window Glass
Yard Waste

*Plastic bags and plastic film clog sorting machines at recycling facilities. If you use a bag in your recycling bin, please dump the items from the bag into the recycling dumpster and throw the bag in the trash.

Visit Waste Management's site for more details.

Recycling Myths and Facts

Myth: You need to remove all labels before recycling glass, plastic or aluminum containers.
Fact: You do not need to remove the labels on glass, plastic or aluminum containers. The heat generated in the manufacturing process removes the labels.

Myth: You must remove your beverage container cap before recycling.
Fact: Caps and lids can be recycled too. Because caps can slip off conveyor belts during the recycling process, empty the bottle, crush it, cap it, and toss into the recycling bin.

Myth: You are required to remove staples, labels and stickers from paper before recycling.
Fact: You do not need to remove staples, labels or stickers from paper products. The material is removed during the recycling process.


There are restaurants, convenience stores, parks and access to public transportation within walking distance from Lawrence's campus. Other transportation options include:

Enterprise CarShare (Campus Life)

Shuttle Service - breaks (Campus Life)

Service Shuttle (CCSC)

Shopping Shuttle (Campus Life)

Athletic Shuttle (Athletics)

Valley Transit - Appleton bus service

Bike racks can be found in many campus locations. Commuters can access showers in the Buchanan-Kiewit Wellness Center.

Res Hall Resources (for CAs)

Lawrence has a distinct advantage in educating students on how to live a sustainable lifestyle because almost all student live on campus! CA's can download these posters created by former Residence Life Advisors for use in their own halls.

Bring your own dishes

Save every last drop

Turn off the light

Shop local

Work orders


Composting Guide

The Sustainable Lawrence University Garden (SLUG) has a community compost bin where staff, faculty, students and the local community can bring food scraps. Please consult this composting guide to learn what items can and cannot be composted at SLUG.

SLUG Composting Guide

Kill-a-Watt Rental

kill a watt deviceHave you ever wondered how much energy your phone charger uses when plugged in all day, even when not actively charging your phone? The Kill-a-Watt makes it easy to find out.

Lawrence has 3 Kill-a-Watt devices that can be rented to students, staff, and faculty for one week at a time.The Kill-a-Watt is an electricity monitor that can calculate the cumulative kW hours used of a specific device. Simply plug the Kill-a-Watt into an outlet, plug your device into the Kill-a-Watt and start tracking your energy usage.

To rent a device, contact the Sustainability Coordinator.

Battery Recycling

You can find bins for recycling used batteries in all major residence halls, the Mudd Library and at the Warch Campus Center info desk.

Reusable Mugs and Clamshells

Get a discount on your morning coffee by bringing your own reusable mug!

Reusable clamshells are available to take food to-go from the Warch Campus Center. Bring your dirty clamshell back and exchange it for a new one! Ask a Bon Appetit employee how to get a reusable clamshell.