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 and the LUCC Sustainability Committee. 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)

Plastic bags can be recycled in receptacles located in the Warch & Mudd Library entrances on campus. They can also be brought to most major grocery stores!

What Cannot be Recycled?

Bagged Recyclables* (items must be removed from bag before putting in dumpster- you can recycle your plastic bag in a separate receptacle!)
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

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! CAs 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

Our food scraps & yard waste account for more than 30% of discards in the landfill. This organic matter is sent to the landfill where it decomposes without oxygen and produces greenhouse gases. But, composting your organic matter can significantly lower your carbon footprint!

How Do I Start Composting?

STUDENTS: Most residence hall floors have compost buckets that are taken to SLUG by a volunteer. Ask your CA where yours is!

FACULTY & STAFF: SLUG accepts community compost! You can buy a compost bucket for your home and dump your compost at any time at the garden, located below the Warch Campus center, on the west side of Lawe Street, beside the river. If you are feeling ambitious, you can also create your own compost pile at home. Here's a great resource where you can learn how:

SLUG accepts:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Rinsed eggshells
  • Grains
  • Coffee grounds + filters
  • Tea bags without staples
  • Newspaper

SLUG does NOT accept:

  • Meat, fish, & bones
  • Dairy products
  • Fruit/vegetable stickers
  • Tea bags with staples
  • Pet waste
  • Oil & greasy foods

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.

Electronics & Battery Recycling

Electronics and batteries can explode, start fires, and pollute the air and water if they are sent to the landfill. If they are recyled instead, they can be used for something else!

You can find bins for recycling used electronics and 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.