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Saint Francis University engages in several university-wide efforts to promote sustainability. Here are just a few ways in which our University is looking towards the future!
A small wind turbine was installed on the hill behind Stokes Athletics Center in the fall of 2009. The electricity generated is used in a campus building. The machine is an example of the kind that could be used to partially power a home or small business.
“We try to follow the example of the love for our environment that was shown by our patron, Saint Francis of Assisi,” said Father Gabriel Zeis, at the turbine's blessing and dedication. The wind turbine is a "visible reminder of our mission to be good stewards, in this case a steward of energy resources.”
Saint Francis University implemented a recycling program in 1991 to reduce landfill waste and demonstrate Franciscan stewardship of our environment. Most classrooms and offices have paper collection and in many hallways one will find collection bins. A number of items are also accepted at the large community recycling bins located in the JFK parking lot.
The custodial staff will collect the material from the containers and transport it to the campus collection site in the JFK parking lot.
It is imperative that you place your recyclables in the proper containers. Custodial staff are not permitted to sort recyclables deposited in incorrect bins. One Styrofoam takeout box or half-empty coffee cup could contaminate the entire bin, undoing the good deeds of others. Contaminated batches will be thrown out with regular trash (landfilled) and not recycled.
Christian Hall and the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, two buildings on campus, feature geothermal heating and cooling systems that reduce the amount of pollution emissions that would be generated from traditional heating sources.
The albedo (white) roof reflects solar light to reduce the amount of heat that the DiSepio Institute receives.
Dining services has taken "EcoSteps" designed to reduce and reuse our environmental footprint. Our EcoSteps are “our steps to sustainability” to continually expand our role as a socially responsible university while providing exceptional hospitality to all of our guests. EcoSteps have been developed in order to establish local responsibility standards, including a continual focus on environmental issues. The EcoStep’s logo highlights items that are part of our sustainability program (recycled paper, rBGH-free milk, Sustainable Seafood, etc.).
Torvian Dining Hall offers trayless dining to reduce the amount of items needing washed and to reduce the amount of food that is wasted. Take out can also be green by using an "eco-clam shell" instead of a Styrofoam shell. Fresh, local produce and milk are served when possible, as part of our Farm-to-Fork initiative, Farm Source.
Located on campus, this 1.5 mile path winds though a variety of different nature habitats on campus. The trail was designed to provide access to the University's quieter, more natural areas and to increase knowledge of our local ecology. In addition to its recreational use, the trail and surrounding ecosystem are used by the Biology Department and other members of the campus and local community as a site to conduct scientific research and to promote environmental education. The trail is open to use by all members of the community.
Read about SFU's green initiatives in the February 2010 edition of Penn Lines, published by the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association
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