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From the University Sustainability Committee and the SGA

Earth Day 2016

April 18th

Salisbury’s annual Earth Week took place April 18-22 in 2016 and was kicked off on the 18th with SGA’s Recycle Madness event in Red Square. Student Organizations were encouraged to bring copious amounts of recycling in order to win prizes for their club.

A rather new event which also took place on the 18th consisted of a Recycled Dog Toy Workshop held by the Environmental Studies House and the toys were then donated to the Humane Societies of Wicomico and Talbot counties.

April 19th

On April 19th , the Salisbury Zoological Park’s program, “Zoos to You”, and the Delmarva Discovery Center held live animal demonstrations. In the evening, the local Farmers Market at the Asbury Methodist Church allowed students to show their Gullcard in order to receive gift certificates.  

April 20th

April 20th, held in Red Square, was a display of renewable energy featuring a bicycle that generates energy and solar cookers. The evening held a display at the Guerrieri University Center of student's One in 7.3 Billion Projects where they altered their daily habits in order to decrease their carbon footprint.

April 22nd

On Earth Day, April 22nd,  students planted a native species garden on campus which was a SU Green Fund Project. Students later that evening were welcomed to build their own terrariums in Red Square.

 Sponsored by the SGA, all Earth Week events are open to the campus community. For more information call 410-548-4757 or visit the SU website at

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As part of SU's Sustainability Initiatives and in celebration of Earth Day, the SU Sustainability Committee shares some enlightening facts about environmental issues and SU's sustainability efforts.

  • FACT: It's not that hard to recycle. In fact, SU has become a "single stream" recycling faciltiy.  This means that all materials which can be recycled can be comingled in a recycling container.  These materials are sent to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where it is processed and separated mechanically and by hand.

  • FACT: earth day picture 1Save Water Without Spending a Dime:

    • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. If you just wet and rinse your brush, you will save 9 gallons of water each time you brush
    • When shaving, fill the basin instead of letting the water run will save 14 gallons of water.
    • Use a timer to cut your showers down to five minutes.
    • Wash full loads rather than partial loads. Standard washing machines use 30-60 gallons of water for each cycle.
  • FACT: Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually-consuming more than 850 million trees. What a waste! Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $32, 250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion. One tree can absorb more than a ton of carbon over its lifetime.

  • FACT: Make sure your car is running efficiently. For example, keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Using a clean air filter element can improve performance and gas mileage.

  • FACT: Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for three hours and is the energy equivalent of half that can filled with gasoline.

  • FACT: Help reduce global warming-by recycling half of your household garbage, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. It is easier than you might think because the cardboard, glass, plastic, bimetal cans, and papers take up a lot of space!

  • FACT: Dress warmly in the winter-by turning down your central heating thermostat one degree, fuel consumption is cut by as much as 10 percent.

  • FACT: Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and water pollution by 50 percent. In Wicomico County, recycled glass is ground up and used as filler in paving material.

  • two women celebrating earth daySU DID YOU KNOW?
    In 2006 alone, SU recycled more than 500 tons of items ranging from paper and glass to electric motors and oil.

    Every year, students in SU's residence halls are participating in RecycleMania, a national contest of more than 400 colleges and universities throughout the United States that compete to see who can produce the most recycling. Last year's contest resulted in 41.3 million pounds of recycling. For more information about RecycleMania, visit their website.

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