SCSU is part of a coalition of colleges and universities across the United States and internationally that have formally committed to climate leadership, net-carbon neutrality by 2050, and actively engaging campus and surrounding communities in climate resilience and adaptation. Nationally recognized by the Princeton Review and Sierra Magazine since 2014 for campus greening, SCSU has lowered its carbon footprint 12% below the 2008 benchmark year for emissions caused by heating, cooling, and powering campus facilities, and for fueling the campus fleet.
SCSU is a leader in waste reduction and recycling, keeping a host of materials out of the general waste stream including single stream materials, e-waste, construction materials like concrete, asphalt, wood, and metals, landscape debris, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, mattresses, food scrap, and gently used furniture.
In early summer, 2017, SCSU President Joe Bertolino signed We Are Still In, joining over a thousand business leaders, university presidents, mayors and governors to support climate action to fulfill the Paris agreement.
SCSU now offers an undergraduate major in Environmental Systems and Sustainability, with concentrations in marine science, policy and management, and environmental systems. SCSU is home to two LEED Gold buildings: the Academic and Laboratory Science Building and SCSU School of Business, and offers many programs and projects like the campus community garden, the food recovery project, and more.