The Sustainability Office is frequently asked…
Does SU have plans for solar panels?
- Solar hot water panels were placed on the roof of Nanticoke
Hall to provide domestic hot water for student residents.
The solar hot water is also used to heat the mechanical room
in the basement. The project was a part of the major renovation
of the building in 2011.
- Solar electric panels (photovoltaic) are used to power the
emergency alert sirens, keeping them protected from power surges
and grid failures.
- A portion of the renewable power purchased by SU originates
from a solar array at
Mount St. Mary’s University.
- SU evaluates opportunities for additional campus solar power
generation on an ongoing basis.
Does Dining Services buy local food?
- Some of the
food purchased by Dining Services is considered “local” food from
regional growers and is supplied from SYSCO whose warehouse facility
which is 25 miles from the campus.
- In 2013, Dining
Services constructed a roof-mounted herb garden at the Commons –
very local! Chefs harvest fresh herbs daily for use with selections
from Plato’s Plate and others.
What about fair trade food?
- In January
2013, Catering Services and Dining Services added Douwe Egbert’s
coffee which is fair trade certified.
- Since 2012,
Dining Services has used Sara Lee brand Good Origin Coffee which
is UTZ certified.
Is there a composting program?
As a matter of history, SU was composting roughly 20 years ago until
the facility that accepted food waste went out of business. More
recently, a student-led initiative to pilot composting on-campus
renewed interest in the program. In January of 2012, a local commercial
composting company, Blue Hen Organics, agreed to accept SU food
waste in their Delaware facility. In the first full year, 300 tons
of compost was transported to Blue Hen Organics. Food waste
is presently collected from preparation and cleanup in the Commons,
East Coaster’s, Catering and Cool Beans.
Why don’t we have a green roof on campus?
a green roof requires access and a roof that can structurally support
the added weight of the green system. In addition, the roof
needs to be recently installed or replaced with a green roof in
- Most roof structures
on campus do not lend themselves to this setup or the maintenance
they require. However, multiple green roof areas are planned
for the new Academic Commons which is now in the planning phase.
How can I recycle batteries?
What about wind power generation on campus?
- The prime locations
for wind power production are along the coast and in areas with
little obstruction to the flow of wind such as vast open fields
and hills or mountaintops.
- In addition
to not having an ideal wind pattern, we lack adequate space to place
one or more of these into service.
- However, it
is likely that at some point we will install a smaller demonstration
unit with a data package that will monitor function and share that
information with faculty and students.
- A part of the renewable energy purchased by SU includes electricity
from wind power which is generated by a facility in
Western Maryland and another in West Virginia.
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