Student Room Area Rugs
RPS works with a company that utilizes surplus manufacturing material to make the area rugs used in the student rooms. Each summer, this company picks up any damaged or soiled area rugs from the residence halls and recycles them.
Student Room Carpet
RPS uses carpet tile because as carpet squares become damaged or soiled beyond being cleanable, they are able to replace individual squares instead of replacing an entire room’s worth of carpet. The specific material we use is manufactured by one of the industry's leaders in sustainable manufacturing practices.
Student Room Light Fixtures
RPS has fluorescent, overhead light fixtures in nearly every residence hall room. Many students, however, bring their own lamps for auxiliary lighting. Learn how to make energy-efficient lighting choices here!
Standard Interior Paint
The walls of every student room is painted with "promar 400 eggshell latex paint" by Sherwin Williams. This paint is on the EPA’s Environmentally Preferred Paints list and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) approved.
RPS has contracts with three carpet installation companies who work with an Indianapolis-based company in order to recycle all of the worn, damaged or dirty corridor carpeting in the residence halls.
Student Room Furniture
RPS has contracts with two furniture manufacturers that operate in an environmentally responsible way- from the production process, to the materials used, to their recycling of waste from the manufacturing process. Additionally, the furniture is manufactured in facilities located within 500 miles of Bloomington.
Student Room Window Treatments
With recent industry developments, RPS has been able to introduce new products that are made with recycled content yet still maintain the same characteristics of the current student room drapery material standards. RPS is using this product in the newest renovation projects at Briscoe and will soon be able to transition other residence hall drapery to the same product.
One benefit that IUB has over other universities is our ability to reuse upholstered material. With our own upholstery shop, we are able to rebuild and recover furniture as needed to cut down on furniture waste. There are some pieces of furniture at IU which have elements that are 30 years old! Now that's recycling!