Sustainability at SRU
Slippery Rock University is committed to being at the forefront of preparing the next generation of thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs to help the world meet its profound environmental challenges. We are also focused on meeting the sustainability goals set forth in our Climate Action Plan that is our road map to achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2037, in keeping with the President's Climate Commitment and our Strategic Plan, Trend Five: "The world is reaching a point of diminishing returns regarding resource utilization".
We are proud of our achievements to date - a silver rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), inclusion in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges and the Sierra Club's Top 100 Cool Schools list, and ranking 43rd in the world in the University of Indonesia Green Metric World University 2014 survey - but realize we face considerable challenges in meeting the President's Climate Commitment of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2037.
Sustainability initiatives and resources at SRU are coordinated through the SRU Office of Sustainability, an umbrella organization created to coordinate and leverage the efforts of all sustainability- and environmentally-related SRU organizations and groups.
It is also responsible for collecting data on sustainability curriculum, co-curricular activities and events, research and publications; reporting our progress in all these areas; and providing community outreach for all sustainability initiatives on and off campus.
In addition to our traditional Global Environmental Wealth Film Festival sponsored by CSIL and Earth Day Carnival on the Quad, we also held our first Community E-Waste Collection Program and recycled 27 pallets of old computers, TV's, and other electronic waste!