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Committee on Sustainability

The Committee on Sustainability was formed in January 2008. The committee is open to any student, faculty or staff member interested in working toward a more environmentally sustainable campus community.

Campus-wide sustainability initiatives include:

Environmental Audit

An environmental audit was completed during the summer of 2008 by Jacqui Yalango ’09 and Katherine Straub, Ph.D., associate professor of earth and environmental sciences. The audit contains data for fiscal years 2004–08 on energy, solid waste, greenhouse gas emissions, water, food, recycling and purchasing. The audit also compares SU’s sustainability practices to 24 of its peer institutions.

Full Environmental Audit (135 pages)
Two-Page Audit Summary

Sustainability Guide

Created as a collaborative project by The Center for Civic Engagement and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the guide provides students with specific information to help them live in a more environmentally-friendly manner while living on campus at Susquehanna.

Sustainability Guide

Local Food Map

A handy reference of nearby food sources, compiled by  Jacqui Yalango ’09 and Katherine Straub, Ph.D.

Local Food Map


The university’s facilities management staff has transitioned to electric carts from than gas-powered vehicles for on-campus use.

Dan Ressler, Ph.D., associate professor of geological and environmental science, along with five earth and environmental sciences majors, completed a survey of campus bike use and bike rack locations to determine the best placement of new and existing racks.

Drew Hubbell, Ph.D., associate professor of  English, is designing a transportation survey to assess the potential for reducing vehicle use by students on and around campus.

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