The Battle of the Dorm Dwellers


| September 5, 2000

The Battle of the Dorm Dwellers,American News Service
Are you leaving for college this fall hoping to escape from parents who nag about conserving water, or turning off the lights when you leave the room? Well, imagine moving into a dorm where your every move is monitored in terms of its impact on the environment. This fall, a group of students participating in a study at South Carolina's Furman College are about to do just that, and the implications may change the college campus for good. According to an article from the American News Service, published on-line by the youth webzine WireTap, this summer 'school officials have been retrofitting a 20-year-old, 1,100-square-foot house with recycled carpets, energy-efficient windows, and fluorescent lights. In September, eight environmentally conscious freshmen will take the house over and make conservation their primary concern. Just a few feet away next door, eight other students will live in an identical structure, but without either an environmental retrofit or an eye toward conservation. In short, they'll live life much as any group of average college-age dorm dwellers.' -- LU
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