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Past and Current Projects

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Energy Conservation Projects


This project reduced electricity consumption in the Admissions House. The project leaders identified rebate qualifying energy-efficient upgrades. The rebates, which were for efficient lighting and appliances, were provided by Delmarva Power, in support of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. The scope of the project included LED bulbs, occupant sensors, a high efficiency water heater, and devices to operate the new LEDs.

The project involved the installation of solar powered charging stations and outdoor seating adjacent to Sea Gull Square.

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This project involved the replacement of older theatrical lights with modern LED equivalents.  The older lights had a maximum power draw of 12.9 kW, with the replacements only drawing 2.8 kW.  In addition to the electrical savings, the new lights produce significantly less heat, reducing air conditioning costs as well.

This project involved the replacement of less efficient florescent and high pressure sodium lights at the Ward Museum with more efficient LED fixtures.  Additionally, occupancy sensors were installed to reduce the occurrence of needlessly lighting unoccupied space.

This project involved installation of a solar picnic bench on campus to allow students to recharge their smart phones and portable devices while sitting outdoors. The solar bench was branded for SU and the Green Fund.

Students sitting at the Green Fund bench

This project reduced electricity consumption in Henson Hall. The project leaders identified rebate qualifying energy-efficient lighting and appliance upgrades. The rebates were provided by Delmarva Power in support of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. The scope of the project included LED bulbs, occupant sensors, and devices to operate the new LEDs.

This project funded the replacement of manual blast gates with automated blast gates for the Art Department woodshop.  Blast gates regulate suction from the the dust collector system for the removal of saw dust in the shop.  The older manual gates were frequently left open when not in use, greatly reducing efficiency of the system and leading to higher energy costs.  The automated system opens the blast gate for an individual tool when the tool is turned on, and it automatically closes when the tool is shut off.  In addition to the energy savings the new system affords, indoor air qualify is also improved.

Natural Resource Conservation Projects


This project installed native species plants and a nature path next to the Link of Nations, between the Guerrieri Student Union and the Commons Building. In addition, custom signage is installed at each location to educate SU students, faculty, staff, and visitors about native species and their importance. The project included site preparation, installation of plants, hardwood mulch path, river jacks and permanent signage.

Walking path

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This project involved the installation of rain water collection barrels at several locations on campus.  The barrels collect rain water from building rooftops, that otherwise may have ended up as runoff entering the storm water management system.  Instead, the collected rain water remains on site for beneficial uses, such as watering gardens.

This project aimed to have the University partner with the Wicomico County anti-littering campaign, "Stash Your Trash."  The goal of the project is to promote sustainable waste management to protect the natural world, specifically the Wicomico River.

This project involves raising monarch butterflies, planting appropriate host plants and studying the butterflies' migration through the use of tagging kits.

This project entailed the installation of an osprey nesting site and educational signage at the Ward Museum.

This project involves setting up bee hives on campus to promote awareness of the importance of bees in agriculture and to the environment and to allow for further academic research.  The bees will provide an ecological benefit to the surrounding area.

Assembling a beehive

The project involved creating a sustainable educational greenspace beside the Environmental Studies House on College Avenue, including a rain garden and native plantings.

Research Projects


This project involves the study of the carbon offsets provided by the trees and soil on the Salisbury University campus.

The project provided for the monitoring of water quality at Schumaker Pond, adjacent to the Ward Museum. It also funded an intern position, to develop an educational experience and research project for SU students and local eighth grade STEM students. Instruments, binoculars, dip nets, water quality testing kits, hip waders, a bug box and agar plates to support the education and research project were also funded.

8th grade STEM students at Schumaker Pond

Education and Outreach Projects


This grant provided funding for pre-service teacher candidates to attend the Children's Literature Festival, and it funded the purchase of quality environmental education books. Additionally, it provided assistance for the development of lesson plans, which were subsequently posted on the elementary education website.

This project serves to educate students about food and transportation availability.  Information about safe bicycling and healthy, affordable meal preparation are presented to students through this project.

This project produced educational materials to inform visitors to the Nanticoke River Center about the sustainable and environmentally sound aspects of the property.

Nanticoke River Center

This project provided funding for nine students to attend the University of Maryland's Smart and Sustainable Campuses conference.

This project provided the campus community with information about the environmental benefits of vegan and vegetarian meal choices.  Samples of various dishes were served to introduce students to a new array of culinary options.

This project built two bicycle-powered electric generators, with a DC-to-AC power inverter for operating 110v appliances. The system is portable and will be used for demonstration purposes for various campus events. The demonstration set also includes a solar oven and Fresnel lens (to cook s'mores of course!) The goal of the project is to promote an understanding of renewable energy by providing a hands-on experience for students.

Fresnel lens

Bicycle-powered electric generator

This project allowed for the hosting of the South Yuba River Citizens League's environmental film festival on campus.  The grant funded the license fee to show 12 films.

This project involved Salisbury University students hosting an event at the Ward Museum, where community members could engage with the students and learn about sustainability and biodiversity. The grant provided for the purchase of informational signage for the event.

Recycling and Waste Reduction Projects


This project involved the installation of six recycling collection boxes for permanent and dry erase markers on campus, as well as publicity banners to inform that campus community about the initiative.  The goal of the project is to eventually expand recycling to other items on campus, such as candy wrappers, snack bags and personal care products.

Terracycle container

The purpose of this project is to reduce the use of paper for student advertising.  The grant funded the purchase of digital signage equipment for highly trafficked areas.  The system will be managed by the Student Government Association.

This project is aimed at reducing the consumption of plastic ware and encouraging the use of reusable utensils at the University's satellite dining locations.  In addition to an informational / educational campaign, reusable sporks were introduced to the campus.

Reusable spork

This project involved the purchase of equipment to reclaim and reuse up to 93% of the spent solvent used in the organic chemistry lab.  Previously, the used solvent was treated as waste and sent for disposal at the expense of the University.

Annually, Salisbury University students participate in the "Big Event" and "I Love Salisbury."  Both of these events involve the collection of leaves.  Previously the leaves were collected in plastic trash bags, which were subsequently disposed of in the trash.  This project funded the purchase of 300 reusable polypropylene woven fabric lawn and garden bags.  The result is a recurring annual cost savings and a reduction in material waste each year.

The “Big Event”

Carbon Emissions Reduction Projects


This project proposed that SU’s Horticulture Department employ battery-powered leaf blowers instead of the gasoline powered equipment currently in use. The aim is to reduce noise pollution, air pollution, and fossil fuel use. This grant funded the initial purchase of five leaf blowers for trial and evaluation. If successful, it is hoped that more will be purchased in the future to provide an even larger environmental impact.

Battery-powered leaf blower

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