Students go green
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Living in a "green" atmosphere had been an option for SF State students since 2007, but very few seem to know that option exists.

In March 2007, SF State became home of the first "green" college student housing unit, organized by Jim Bolinger, associate director of residential property management. The Towers Residents' Environmental Organization began as a themed living community in the Towers at Centennial Square.

The housing units in TREO are made eco-friendly with their equipped energy-efficient and sustainable appliances, low-toxic paint, carpet and furniture made from highly recycled materials, eco-friendly personal care products and efficient lighting.

Bolinger also organized HERO --Housing Eco-Friendly Residents Organization-- that is open to all student residents to promote greener living across campus. They also formed a community garden behind Mary Park Lounge.

The garden is equipped with cabbage, radishes, strawberries, garden flowers and an assortment of kitchen herbs.

"I have been at SF State for four years now and have never heard of any of this," BECA major Angela Garcia, 22, said. "If I would have known of this I would have taken advantage of it."

These programs are designed for students who are interested in learning more about environmentally responsible lifestyles.

"This is just a fraction of what we can do for a society at large," Bolinger said. "We're teaching residents a lifestyle that they can take with them when they leave and bring to their own families and communities."

TREO is a way to prove that you can live a modern, affordable, and comfortable lifestyle while reducing ecological impact.

San Francisco is a city that promotes a green lifestyle, and it is an excellent opportunity that students have to participate with helping out.

"I think flyers should be posted around the campus promoting what SF State has to offer, or something posted on the school website so more people would know about it," freshman Brian Moore, 19, said. "I plan on checking it all out now."

The TREO is located at Centennial Square and the community garden is behind Mary Park lounge. For more information on how to live a "greener" life contact Jim Bolinger at bolinger@sfsu.edu.

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