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Why Does This College Professor Live in a Dumpster?

December 5, 2013
Why Does This College Professor Live in a Dumpster?
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Here's how one professor wants to make a small impact on the environment and a big impact on education.

Jeff Wilson, an environmental science professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, lives in a dumpster as an educational experiment in low-impact living. “The Dumpster Project” started with a used, sanitized unit measuring just 33 square feet. Wilson and his students are going to start by making it comfortable, but not sustainable, with environmentally inefficient lighting, air conditioning, and plumbing. Once they establish its energy consumption baseline, they’ll turn it into a sustainable, efficient living space. Wilson plans to turn the project into a K-12 curriculum and traveling project so the self-proclaimed “Professor Dumpster” can teach a large number of students about his grand experiment in sustainable living.