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The Sustainability Office is frequently asked…


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Carbon Footprint

Get Your Green On!

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Does SU have plans for solar panels?

  • The Parking Lot H solar photovoltaic carport was installed in 2017.  It generates approximately 765,000 kilowatt hours annually and includes five electric vehicle charging stations. Avoided carbon dioxide emissions translates to approximately 509 acres of trees planted or 261 metric tons of unconsumed coal.  View historic and real-time power generation data.
  • 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.

Why don’t we have a green roof on campus?

How can I recycle batteries?

Energy Saver Pledge
What will your footprint be? You can make a difference! Play an active role in helping Salisbury University achieve climate neutrality by 2050. By doing your part to conserve energy, you will not only help save money, but also you will reduce SU's demand on fossil fuels, thereby reducing our carbon footprint. Pledge to make energy conservation a part of your everyday life.

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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