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UREC supports the JMU community's pursuit of sustainability, environmental stewardship and a broader sense of citizenship. At UREC, we aim to make environmentally responsible choices in regards to our facilities and processes. UREC will follow the new guidelines set forth by Executive Order 82 to reduce use of electricity, of other utilities, and minimize the carbon footprint of state agencies through safely increasing temperatures, increasing recycling and more sustainable landscaping.

  • Three 'Hydration station' spickets were installed in the building in 2010 encourage re-use of water bottles.
  • The Upper Turf has "Light Structure Green" lighting, which is energy-efficient and web-controlled. The Upper Turf's turf material is comprised of recycled rubber from the "Nike Grind" program, which recycles post-consumer athletic shoes and reuses the granulated rubber as building material. The Upper Turf's water runoff runs into a sand filter. The stormwater passes through the sand bed and is collected in three underdrains. This is very effective in removing sediment and bacteria from stormwater.
  • UREC increased recycling receptacles in the building to encourage recycling of plastic bottles in 2010.
  • UREC has 10 PreCors in Fitness II that have been equipped with a device to produce renewable energy in the form of electrical energy from your motion energy. A 1-hour PreCor workout produces between 50-100 watt hours of electricity. That is enough energy to run a laptop for 1 hour or a hair dryer for six minutes. If a single PreCor is operated for an 8 hour day, it might produce 1000 watt hours (also know as 1 kilowatt hour) of energy. That is 8.5 cents worth of electricity. An average house in the US uses 25 kilowatt hours of electricity a day.

Past Initiatives

  • Campaigned to increase walking, biking, carpooling and public transportation to UREC.
  • Collected over 400 pairs of athletic shoes to donate to the Harrisonburg community as well as recycled through Nike Grind.
  • Worn and torn shoes will be recycled and made into sport surfaces around the world, including gym/weight room flooring, running tracks, playground surfaces, and outdoor and indoor synthetic courts.
  • Reduced water use by placing small timers in the locker room showers and encouraged participants and staff to restrict their shower to four minutes.
  • Promoted use of reusable water bottles through educational materials in the building.
  • Collected sporting goods to recycle and donate.
  • Promoted use of UREC’s refillable spouts through distribution of water bottles.
  • Installed automatic soap dispensers, flushers, and faucets in facility to save water and prevent cross-contamination.
  • Reduced paper-use through elimination of professionally printed full-semester program guides.
  • UREC was proud to participate in Recyclemania Waste Minimization 2009.