Sustainability at Ship

FootprintThe public is becoming increasingly aware of the fragile nature of our planet, and the important changes we need to make in our lifestyles to protect it. At Ship we're committed to sustainability in all areas of university life. Go green with us!

Here at Ship you'll find a wide variety of projects and practices to make campus life more sustainable. We use single stream recycling, run our own farm and community garden, and we even have a professor who makes biodiesel from waste vegetable oil to run our ceramic kilns. We're also pursuing greener building practices for our campus facilities, including LEED certification for our newest student housing. 

Ship uses a comprehensive single stream recycling program, which means that you can put all of your recyclables in the same container. It's quick and easy, and it means that more items end up recycled. We also offer recycling for batteries and electronics.

Find out more about Ship's recycling efforts.

Ship Dining prides itself on offering sustainable options for students. There are a number of sustainability programs as part of our daily operations.

Campus Farm

The Shippensburg University Campus Farm focuses on sustainable agriculture and strives to educate students and the community about sustainability practices.

Community Garden

SU has had a community organic garden for faculty and staff as part of a campus well-being initiative since 2009. The garden is located on the Adams Avenue Loop near Burd Run, and has been divided into 10' x 10' plots. Individuals or groups of faculty and staff can adopt a plot and plant vegetables, fruits or flowers using organic methods.

If you are a faculty or staff member and are interested in adopting a plot, please contact Nipa Browder by emailing nbrowder@ship.edu or 717-477-1124.

Environmental Club: This club increases environmental awareness among students, faculty, staff and the community. Email enviro@ship.edu to learn more.

Geography and Earth Science Organization (GESO): The GESO is a group supported by the Geography/Earth Science Department, however, this club is open to all majors and disciplines at the university. This club is dedicated to getting students together for geography and earth science educational experiences.

Environmental Steering Committee (ESC): ESC is a group of faculty, staff and students that work to promote the well-being of the campus environment through the promotion of conservation and education. The ESC also acts as an important liaison between environmentalists on campus and the university regarding important environmental issues.

The Shippensburg University Housing and Residence Life Sustainability Committee works to make life in the residence halls more sustainable through initiatives such as the End of Year Collection Program, where thousands of pounds of clothes, appliances, kitchen items, and school equipment are diverted from landfills each year when students move out, and are collected for recycling instead. The committee also sponsors annual Arbor Day celebrations with tree plantings and highway cleanups, works to reduce paper used in administrative processes in the residence halls, and raises awareness and involvement among students for the school's green programs.

Your stewardSHIP efforts, including making concerted choices to become more educated about your impact definitely matters.

Shippensburg University's grant titled "Cultivating Sustainability through General Education Coursework, Professional Development, and High-Impact Co-Curricular Programming and Career Development" provides funding to support professional development activities, and a whole range of programs to support student learning outside of the classroom whether through faculty-student research, service learning opportunities, internships, and more. These projects are ultimately aimed at providing high impact outcomes for our students so they are successful in their career development.

Sustainability is interdisciplinary. If you are interested in coursework that focuses on environmental or sustainability topics, there are dozens of offerings from several different departments.

There are many opportunities to work with professors from Biology, Geography and Earth Science, Business, and Psychology to explore sustainability across different disciplines.