- SU won the 2009 PLANT Green Award, the highest
sustainability award given by the Maryland Department of Natural
Resources Forest Service and Forestry Council.
- SU's recycling program began in 1990 through the
- New benches are made from recycled materials including
plastic lumber made from recycled bottles.
- In the greenhouse and interior spaces, liquid dish
soap and water are used instead of harsh chemicals to remove
- Students weed planting beds manually to reduce the use
of weed killer.
- Mulching blades are used on SU lawnmowers to reduce
waste and add nutrients back into the soil from grass and
- Leaves from plant beds, branches, and plant trimmings
are collected and sent to a local company which uses them to
prepare mulch for commercial sale.
- Landscaping is irrigated only when absolutely
necessary to maintain the health of the landscaping stock.
- Landscaping is irrigated with non-potable groundwater
and the annual number of gallons of irrigation water has
declined significantly in recent years.
- Greenhouse staff wash and reuse pots and bedding trays
instead of discarding.
- Campus trash containers are paired with recycling
receptacles so users have a choice.
- Bicycle racks are incorporated into campus design
projects to promote an alternative to driving.