POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:04pm
AUSTIN, TX (NBC) — When you think about sustainable living, things like solar panels, rainwater collection, or planting a garden may come to mind.
But one Texas professor is taking it to a whole new level by moving into a Dumpster for the next year to demonstrate how easy sustainable living can be.
Dr. Jeff Wilson, an environmental scientist and associate professor at Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin, will begin his year-long experiment inside a 33-square-foot Dumpster Tuesday night.
"I was revising a journal article thinking about how could I make my research more applicable to student learning, and then I looked out the window and saw the Dumpster and thought, 'That's it,'" said Wilson.
"Professor Dumpster," as he's referred to on campus, sold off all of his earthly possessions in order to properly conduct the experiment.