Sustainability @ SU
Holloway Hall

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?

  • Absolutely!  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?

  •  Installing 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 mind.
  •  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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