- A golf cart-sized vehicle was purchased to be used
instead of a full-sized van for smaller-volume deliveries and
pick-ups of food and supplies around campus, saving fuel.
- All coolers in the Gull's Nest dining operation are
changing from water-cooled to air-cooled condensers. This will
save water continuously used to cool current refrigerated units.
- Lighting has been replaced with energy-efficient
fixtures in the Commons and retail operations of Dining Services
and the SU Bookstore.
- Cardboard boxes are separated from other trash and
disposed of in a specified container to be sent for recycling.
- Delivery pallets are returned to purveyors for reuse
instead of being sent to a landfill.
- Motion detectors in offices throughout the Commons
building turn off lights when they detect that a space is not
- Timer and temperature-change sensors were installed on
air conditioning and heating units to adjust temperature by
demand and usage.
- Frozen/refrigerated units are turned off or
consolidated during summer and downtimes to reduce energy use
and lower inventory.
- Financial and correspondence information is saved
electronically to eliminate unnecessary usage of paper.
- Napkins are placed on tables in dining halls instead
of in food service areas so students may use only what they need
instead of taking handfuls from a centrally located counter that
they may or may not use.
- Traditional toasters have replaced conveyor-style
bagel toasters in many dining areas. The conveyor-style toasters
must remain on constantly, while the traditional toasters may be
turned on only when needed.
- SU donates its used cooking oil to a local entity,
Greenlight Biofuels, for conversion into a renewable resource,
- A new high efficiency dish washer system was recently
installed in the Commons kitchen which is resulting in a
significant reduction of electricity and water consumption. The
system features a high efficiency food separator which allows
efficient collection of food particles for composting.
- An agreement has been reached with Blue Hen Organics
to compost vegetable and food waste from the Commons at their
facility which is located near Frankfort Delaware. Under this
agreement, Blue Hen Organics will convert this material into
environmentally friendly soil amendment and keep tons of
material out of the landfill.