Green Efforts at Susquehanna
Susquehanna University is committed to environmental sustainability. The university applies sustainable practices to everything from construction and energy use to academics to printing and publications.
Susquehanna’s embrace of green initiatives is grounded in its guiding values of good stewardship and ethical responsibility. On an institutional level, faculty and administrators weigh environmental considerations in the university’s ongoing operations as well as future planning.
Susquehanna's Natural Sciences Center is a $32 million complex housing Susquehanna’s biology, chemistry, and earth and environmental science programs. From its roof-top greenhouse to its lower level, where visitors can view real-time information about the building’s energy consumption, the building is a model of sustainability—one that has received silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Natural Sciences Center joined LEED-certified buildings that are a part of the university's West Village complex.
Sustainability also is an organic movement on campus. Student organizations such as Student Awareness for the Value of the Environment (SAVE) advance environmental concerns through educational programming and activities. Students participate in the annual RecycleMania college contest.
In the classroom, the university’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences engages students with the sustainability-related courses Climate and Social Change and Sustainable Energy Resources. One faculty member in the department spearheaded a solar panel installation on campus, while another was instrumental in the formation of the Committee on Sustainability.