Prof Plans to Live in Dumpster for a Year

Jeff Wilson wants highlight benefits of green living
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2013 6:31 PM CDT
Prof Plans to Live in Dumpster for a Year
A professor plans to live inside a dumpster for a year, and live to tell about it.   (

Talk about slumming it: A professor in Austin, Texas plans to live in a dumpster for a year to highlight the benefits of a green lifestyle, TreeHugger reports. Environmental science professor Jeff Wilson started by selling off his belongings—appliances, clothes, furnishings—for $1 each and secretly planning the project while sleeping on the floor of his office. "I'm essentially becoming part of the 1%," he tells Fast Company. "This dumpster is 33 square feet, which is 1% the size of the new American home in 2011."

During the year, his students will install conveniences like an energy-producing toilet, nano-insulation, and energy-efficient light bulbs. The goal of all this? To make his school, Huston Tillotson University, and others like it, use more sustainable technology. "What we are talking about right now is to start a green movement within historically black colleges and universities, and become the flagship school of that," he says. But he admits it's a big job: "It's going to be pretty overwhelming. I can't think too far ahead in this project and stay sane." See more at the project's website. (More Dumpster stories.)

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