A college professor has found a new home for a year, but it’s not exactly the luxury place that most would want to move into. He has moved into a dumpster with the goal of highlighting the benefits of a green lifestyle.
Jeff Wilson is a professor at Huston Tillotson University in Austin, Texas and he sold off the majority of his stuff as part of his move into the 33-square-foot dumpster, according to MSN. He’s hopeful that hopes his environmental studies students will help him deck it out with everything from energy-efficient lightbulbs to an energy producing toilet.
After the lease ran out on Wilson’s apartment, the professor secretly spent the next seven months living on the floor of his office before moving into the dumpster.
"Keeping that secret for seven months, especially from the 3 a.m. cleaning staff and 24-hour security, much less the students and my colleagues, was interesting in itself," Wilson told Fast Company.
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His move into the dumpster is apparently approved by the university as an educational experiment in low-impact living and it’s called The Dumpster Project.
The dumpster won’t just serve as a place for Wilson to sleep. It’ll also be a classroom and students will try to make it livable and environmentally sound.
Wilson has christened himself Professor Dumpster, and he hopes his year-long experiment will lead to energy-saving changes in the university's non-dumpster dorms.
The professor clearly has a sense of humor, which is going to be needed to get through the project.
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“I'm essentially becoming part of the 1%. This dumpster is 33 square feet, which is 1% the size of the new American home in 2011,”