Celebrating Earth Day 2020 and a Very “Sustainable” Year

Celebrating Earth Day 2020 and a Very “Sustainable” Year

Student interns work with Sustainability Coordinator Suzanne Huminski (left) on the campus' urban oasis at Beaver Pond.

Self-quarantine isn’t affecting just people. Fewer humans on beaches means sea turtle hatchlings are doing better than they have in years. Less boat traffic in Venice, Italy’s canals means marine life is actually visible. Reduced air pollution in Africa means that its second-highest mountain can be seen from Kenya’s capital city. And right here at Southern, sustainable efforts from the SCSU Campus Green Fund mean that the harvest from the Campus Community Garden can supply local soup kitchens with 800 pounds of fresh produce.

There’s no better time to keep up the momentum than on Earth Day! Help SCSU continue to make a big environmental impact by supporting the SCSU Campus Green Fund. The fund puts students at the heart of environmental change through sustainability internships and fellowships, ecological restoration at Beaver Pond, student conference travel, rain garden construction in New Haven neighborhoods, food recovery and composting programs, and more.

The bigger it is, the more we can do!

By the numbers:

  • 800 pounds: The amount of organic produce each season that has been donated by the Campus Community Garden to local soup kitchens
  • More than 60,000: The number of meals, since 2017, that SCSU has donated in the greater New Haven area through composting efforts as a member of the Food Recovery Network
  • More than 100 tons: The annual amount of food scrap SCSU has diverted from the waste stream thanks to its compost project
  • 36: The number of trees SCSU students have planted on Farnham Avenue in collaboration with Urban Resources Initiative and the City of New Haven
  • 200 campus community members: The number who have signed SCSU Climate’s Declaration — join here!
  • Less than 57%: SCSU has reduced its carbon footprint for campus buildings 57% below our 2008 benchmark
  • 100% Green Energy Purchase: SCSU made the switch to 100% clean, renewable electricity purchase in May 2018
  • 1.2 mega-watt solar array: SCSU’s first solar installation on Farnham Avenue

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