Residence Life has been making efforts to use more solar power. Gallatin Hall is equipped with solar panels that were installed in the summer of 2013. This energy is then used for overall energy use in the building to reduce the impact of energy consumed.
Recycling within the residence halls is a partnership between Residence Life, MSU Office of Sustainability and the City of Bozeman to implement single stream recycling in all of the residence halls.
Water is regulated by low flow faucets, toilets and shower heads. When students arrive, reusable mugs are provided by Interhall, Residence Life and University Food Services in efforts to reuse the mugs and cut down on waste.
Each summer, Residence Life has added new bike racks outside every residence hall on campus to handle the increasing residence hall population and demand for bicycle storage.
Residence Life has reduced the number of dumpsters at the end of the semester that go to the landfill over the past 8 years. With the efforts of swap tables and education, students and staff try to limit the amount of trash going to the landfill.
Swap tables have been set up in every residence hall for students to leave and take new or slightly used items. Items not claimed by hall closing are then donated to a local charity.