Environmental Issues Program continues to thrive.
SU philosophy students collect vegetable garbage
from their homes, residence halls and Commons dining hall for a
compost pile on campus.
Under the direction of Dr. James Hatley, philosophy
students have planted on campus a wildlife garden to attract
insects and small animals, an organic garden and a self-watering
Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Adams,
management and marketing faculty, and John Hickman, executive
director of the Small Business Development Center at SU,
students conducted a semester-long carbon study of the campus.
As the second university system in the United States to require
its campuses to conduct such studies (California was the first),
the University System of Maryland asked planners to present
their findings during a system-wide meeting. SU was the only
university to conduct a study using its own students
Students in Dr. George Whitehead's Environmental
Psychology class have received hands-on instruction, creating
and installing bluebird boxes at Pemberton Historical Park in
Students in Dr. Shawn McEntee's Sociology classes
planted a permaculture organic vegetable garden. A permaculture
garden demonstrates a sustainable approach to land use. Dr.
McEntee hopes to have the vegetables served in the dining hall.
Students have conducted environmental research
abroad in Honduras with Dr. Laura Marasco of the Education
Specialties Department and in India with Dr. Michael Lewis of
the History Department.
Since 2005, SU has partnered with the Newton
Marasco Foundation to present the Green Earth Book Awards, the
first prize in the United States lauding authors of
environmentally friendly children's literature.
The Maryland Department of the Environment hired
Dr. Michael Scott and other researchers from the Eastern Shore
Regional GIS Cooperative at SU to locate and identify some
420,000 septic systems statewide. MDE uses the data to identify
failing septic systems in areas that critically impact the
Researchers in Dr. Michael Scott's Eastern Shore
Regional GIS Cooperative also assist with tracking commuter
mileage data, which is an important component in reporting
emissions for the campus carbon footprint.
Students in Drs. Danny Ervin and Tylor Claggett's
classes in the Economics and Finance Department studied
alternative energy sources and received a hands-on lesson at the
Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) renewable energy and
environmental protection facilities near Atlantic City, NJ.
In 2007, SU hosted the first ShoreEnergy Renewable
Energy Conference, encouraging elected officials and business
leaders to take a closer look at bio-fuels, wind power,
geothermal energy, solar energy and nuclear power.