Salisbury University honored for dedication to environmental responsibility

June 28, 2013 by  

Salisbury University has just received the Maryland Green Registry Leadership award for its commitment to environmental sustainability.

As far back as 2007, its President Janet Dudley-Ashbach signed the Climate Commitment Pledge. Since then, the University received silver and gold LEED certifications between 2008 and 2012 for projects such as the new residence complex and the renovation of the four existing residence halls. All of these buildings are mostly controlled by geothermal systems. 100% of all food waste from the University is composted to produce a “soil enhancement” product used by both the Horticulture Department and local farmers.

The University has plans to reduce its net greenhouse gases to zero by the year 2050. As it is, they expect to save over $5.3m dollars by 2021.

Salisbury University has taken other steps to become more environmentally responsible including replacing many campus vehicles with hybrids, creating an Environmental Studies Department, providing water bottle refilling stations and by responsible disposal of waste. In addition, the University has annual celebrations of Earth Week and celebrates Campus Sustainability Day.

It’s likely that Salisbury University occasionally has a need to use local printing companies to provide it with items such as course catalogs, informational literature, and banners. Since most printing companies follow strict environmental standards, such as using vegetable-based inks, the school can still maintain its dedication to the environment.

For the fourth year in a row, the Princeton Review has also included Salisbury University in its Guide to Green Colleges.