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Move in/out

Living on campus is great! You have everything you need to do your schoolwork and to have fun with your roomies right at your fingertips! A little planning and you can make the move-in and move-out process as sustainable as can be. Check out the suggestions on this page to take part in the EcoU experience.

Moving in

Go, Pack, Go!

How many boxes, bags and suitcases will you need? Did you check with your new roommates on who’s going to bring the microwave, and whose pots and pans you’ll be sharing? Pack lightly and bring only what you think you’ll need – you can always bring back what’s missing when you go home for a weekend! Tips for packing:

  • Reuse old cardboard boxes instead of buying new ones. Find them in the basement, attic or at a grocery store. Or use empty suitcases and old plastic bags for transport. Please recycle plastic bags properly.
  • Newspaper pads just as well as bubble wrap does, it comes free, and can be recycled easily! Towels do a great job, too.
  • If you need new stuff, wait to buy it in Green Bay. Maybe you can find some goodies during the Thrift Shop Drive.

Green pack list

Some things you might find useful to bring:

  1. Reusable shopping bags: to get pizza at the Corner Store, or carry home books from the Cofrin Library.
  2. Power Strip: Saving energy with a simple switch.
  3. Energy efficient light bulbs: CFL or LED bulbs for your desk lamp.
  4. Drying rack for clothes: Keep some laundry-money for a coffee at Common Grounds.
  5. Bike: Get in your workout on the way to class.

Moving in

Here are some tips for the big day:

  • When you arrive at your housing address, don’t let your car engine idle – Get out and meet people! There will be plenty of UWGB students, faculty and staff there to help you.
  • Reuse or recycle cardboard. Cardboard boxes also work great for under-bed storage.
  • Recycle your plastic film – all plastic bags and the plastic wrap that comes around new things you may be unwrapping.
  • On Campus, all paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and plastics #1 and #2 can be recycled together. Use the blue bins in your room, and look for the blue containers close to your building where you can empty them.
  • Check out the resources for living green on the website of UWGB’s Housing Office.

Beware of vampires

Chargers, printers, and laptops are all consuming energy – even when you’re not using them. A power strip with an on/off-switch helps you save energy, with just one flip of the switch.


Moving out

For the Spring Semester move-out, we partner with local thrift shops and community partners for a collection drive. Bins are set up in the common areas of most buildings for students to donate the items they no longer want – whether clothes, kitchen goods, furniture, books, stuffed animals (yes, there have been a few!).

In the last two years, students have donated over 2.5 tons of goods to help support local thrift shop programs and community services in Green Bay! Unopened food goods such as soup, pasta, coffees or teas, and other edibles are collected and provided to Paul’s Pantry for redistribution to those in need.

So when you move out, there are many better options to find new homes for your ‘stuff’ than to just pitch it into the garbage bin. Take a few extra minutes to keep reusable materials out of the landfill and be proud when you leave for the summer or for good that you’ve helped keep EcoU green.

2015 Donation Program

With kind support of St. Vincent DePaul of Green Bay.

Our blog has a review of the 2015 event.

The following items were donated in 2015: Clothing, Other Textiles, Kitchen items, Shoes, Books, other household items. Non-perishable food items were also collected again this year and donated to Paul’s Pantry of St. Vincent DePaul. These items were placed in the bins labeled accordingly.

The Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department will accept these and many other items. Please refer to their website:

Donation station locations:

  • Community Center, Mailroom Lobby
  • Pamperin, 1st Floor Lounge
  • Thompson, 1st Floor Lounge
  • Liebl, 1st Floor Lounge
  • Haevers, 1st Floor Lounge
  • Robishaw, 1st Floor Lobby
  • Harden, 1st Floor Lobby
  • Downham Hall, 1st Floor Lobby


Scheduled pick-ups took place on Friday, May 15th and the final pick-up occurred on Monday, May 18th 2015.

Sponsored by Residence Green Life Committee, the Office of Sustainability and St. Vincent DePaul of Green Bay. If you have any questions, please contact John Gerow of Residence Life.