Commitment to Sustainability

As a charter signatory of the national Climate Leadership Commitment for colleges and universities and the We Are Still In declaration, Southern is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions in operations, and fostering climate resilience and sustainable practices on campus and as part of a broader community.

Sustainability at Southern

Students planting a tree
SCSU students plant trees on Fitch Street as part of the First Year Experience.

While we understand the urgency and scale required to meet these goals, we are proud of our progress and welcome efforts and energy of our entire campus community to participate.

Solar panels
A 1.2 MW solar array on Farnham Avenue and Wintergreen Garage combines parking canopy, ground mount, and rooftop panels.

Southern offers a variety of sustainability-focused academic programs, research, outreach, clubs, and internships. The Academic and Laboratory Science Building and the School of Business are LEED Gold certified for environmental design and performance, and all undergraduate students are eligible for the U-Pass and free access to Connecticut trains, buses, and small-town transit statewide.

Two men working on the touch pool
The Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies offers endowed research fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students.