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Hydration Stations

Refillable Water Stations are currently being installed across campus! These stations will allow for the campus community to quickly and easily refill their bottles with cooled filtered water. These stations are much more sustainable than purchasing plastic water bottles and offer the effectiveness of refilling in a hurry!
Stations can currently be found:Water Station

  • Davis Hall (first and second floors)
  • Morrill Hall (first floor lobby)
  • Jennings Hall (first floor, outside restrooms)
  • Engleman Hall (B wing, entrance to rotunda)
  • Adanti Student Center (first floor food court and third floor, left of elevators and both locker rooms in the Fitness Center)
  • Moore Field House (lobby)
  • Wintergreen Building (front entrance)
  • Pelz Gymnasium (hallway)
  • Facilities Operations (second floor hallway)
  • Hickerson Hall (every floor)
  • Residence Halls (first floor lobby)

Events (Annual & Ongoing)

Compost HappensComposting

"Compost Happens!" is a student-run pilot composting program that launched in November 2013. A variety of offices, departments, and students across the campus are participating in the NECSF mingrant-funded program. The mission is to demonstrate the ease and cleanliness of composting within a densely populated area.

Food scraps are collected from 10 locations around campus 3 times a week and brought over to the garden (located behind Davis Hall) for composting. The nutrient-rich scraps are placed in one of three aerated tumbling bins. This pilot programs was set to end at the end of the Fall 2013 semester, but due to it's enormous success it is still on-going. From November 2013 - November 2015 over 1,000 pounds of food scraps have been diverted from the waste stream for use in the organic campus garden.

Campus Conservation NationalsCompete to Reduce Logo

"Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the largest nationwide electricity and water               reduction competition on college and university campuses. In its fourth year, CCN gives a common voice and motivation to hundreds of thousands of students, all working together to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of climate change."

SCSU's 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals yielded a vast amount of savings, with Neff Hall conserving the most energy, breaking Brownell Hall's two year winning streak! We're looking forward to another record-breaking year in 2014.

Sparked by the successful campus-wide response during the Campus Conservation Nationals and large energy reduction in nine residence halls, Southern won a "Power of Change Award" for innovation in energy efficiency. Read the full story here.

RecyclemaniaRecyclemania 2016

Recyclemania is an annual friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collected the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of trash per capita, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. With each week's reports and rankings, participating schools watch how their results fluctuate against other schools and use this to rally their campus communities to reduce and recycle more. To learn more about Recyclemania and see how our efforts progress, follow us on Facebook. To learn more about Recyclemania click here.

America Recycles Day

In November, an information table is set up to celebrate America Recycles Day. Students help spread awareness by manning the trash and recycling bins to demonstrate what items can be placed in the units. Giveaways like stickers and recycled key chains are handed out to everyone who stops by the table in the Adanti Student Center and took the pledge to recycle! For more information on America Recycles Day, click here.

Caught Green-HandedGreen-Handed

On the day of "Get Caught Green-Handed" during Recyclemania, the Green Team looks for those who are recycling around campus. If you're caught green-handed you are entered into a raffle to win prizes including Coca Cola hats, T-shirts, chairs, Red Sox tickets, and Six Flags tickets!

Annual Electronic Waste Drive

Each year, the Recycling Center hosts an electronic waste drive. This allows students and staff to drop off their unwanted items such as laptops, computers, typewriters, and TV's without being charged!

 Local News, Farmer's Markets & Organizations

Campus News

Check out the links below for some selected SCSU news articles relating to sustainability!
"SCSU Named One of the Nation's Greenest Institutions"

"Students Help Drive Southern Sustainability" 
"Southern Earns Power of Change Award"
"School of Business Receives Power of Change Top State Building Award"
"Sustainability is a Continuing Goal at Southern"
"College students wearing 'green' for graduation ceremonies"

National News

Click below the to see what's happening with sustainability in Connecticut and around the world:
Environmental Headlines for CT
Environmental News Network
Green Energy News
New York Times - Environment
Reddit - Sustainable News

Local Farmer's Markets

Why spend more at the grocery store? Support your community at these great local markets:
New Haven CitySeed

List of farmers markets across CT (Buy CT Grown)
List of CT farms (LocalHarvest)

Local Community Organizations

Check out these links to local community organizations that promote sustainability and ecologically-friendly activities and ways of life:

New Haven Bioregional/Transition Group
Sponsors walks, films, canoe trips, potlucks, and other events to help us connect with our natural and built environment, and to build community and local resilience.

Engages the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture.

Urban Miners
A Hamden, CT-based organization that recycles building materials from residential and commercial sites and resells it.

Common Ground
A center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Conn.  On a 20-acre site at the base of West Rock Ridge, a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice.

Solar Youth, Inc.
A New Haven-based non-profit environmental education and youth development organization.                  

A nonprofit organization of more than 400 advocates whose mission is to make the greater New Haven area friendlier and more accessible to cyclists, pedestrians, and other users of non-motorized transportation.

New Haven Office of Sustainability
Helping groups and individuals in the greater New Haven area to create together a sustainable community.

CT NOFA - Connecticut Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association
An independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture.

1000 Friends of Connecticut
Dedicated to growing a healthy economy with choice in transportation, housing and education; and respect for farmlands, open space, natural and historic resources.

Sierra Club - Connecticut Chapter
A non-profit member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions -- legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.

Connecticut Science Center Collaborative
Educating the people of Connecticut about climate change science, impacts and solutions.

Urban Resources Initiative
A community not-for-profit that works in conjunction with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Its mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry