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. Not sure what to recycle? Any of these items can go in a recycling container. (Those are the ones with the clear plastic bags in them!)

  • mixed paper
  • newspaper
  • corrugated cardboard (flattened)
  • glass bottles
  • aluminum cans
  • steel containers
  • numbers 1 through 7 plastic containers

We also offer recycling for batteries and electronics. To learn more about what electronics we accept and where you can take them, check out our student help desk.

In our dining halls we focus on mindfulness, including waste reduction, going trayless, and offering reusable containers for food and drink. Together we've worked with students to save thousands of dollars in food for the Project Clean Plate challenge, with the amount saved donated to the MSA Feed a Friend program. We've been saving over 700 gallons of water a day since 2009 by going trayless. We're taking steps together to save the environment such as:

  • The dining halls partake in single stream recycling of cardboard, aluminum plastic and glass.
  • Coffee grounds have been donated for composting at the organic campus farm.
  • Energy Star efficient Appliances power the dining halls.
  • All whole eggs served are cage-free.
  • Farmer Brothers 100% Free-trade coffee is served at Reisner and Kriner from Central America. Starbucks has one free-trade coffee every day. Mosaic LOCAL brand coffee is sold at the C-store in the CUB.
  • Antibiotic-Free meat: all beef, pork, poultry are not automatically given antibiotics-only if the animal is unhealthy.
  • All dining hall milk is 100% antibiotic-free
  • Fryer-Oil in dining halls are transformed into Biodiesel! All used oil is collected for Professor Ben Culbertson in the Art Department and15% of sludge is converted and used to heat kilns. Oil from the CUB is recycled through an outside source.
  • The Reisner Solar Power Panel heats hot water for the dishwashing machines.
  • Dining Services volunteers hours to the Campus Community Garden and Campus Organic Farm.

Campus Farm

The primary mission of the S.U. campus organic farm is to provide students with a hands-on learning environment where they can apply concepts learned in courses to practical situations that enable the campus and the community to improve sustainability, and to provide fresh produce for campus dining services and community members in need.

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Community Garden

SU has established a community organic garden project 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 (477-1124).

Ship has a variety of campus organizations dedicated to eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Check out some of these clubs available for students:

Environmental Club: Formed to increase environmental awareness among students, faculty, staff, and the community. Contact: Facebook:

Geography and Earth Science Organization(GESO): 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. Contact: Facebook:!/pages/Shippensburg-University-GESO/545917608790883

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. Find out how you can get involved in StewardSHIP Week 2018.

  • Click here for a calendar of events for StewardSHIP Week 2018.
  • Know your ecological footprint!  Complete an online assessment here at Global Footprint Network
  • Report your ecological footprint scores anonymously here and help campus work toward continuous improvement.
  • Take the sustainability pledge today whether you are a student, alumni, staff, faculty, or community partner.  Click here!


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. Learn more here.