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Delaware State University

Sustainability Leader

School details:
Full-time enrollment: 3,113
Part-time enrollment: 496
Location: Dover, Delaware


  • Delaware State has signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • The university is a charter member of AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System, and is the only Historically Black College/University with a representative on the rating system’s advisory board.
  • Delaware State’s Go Green Committee, encompassing eight subcommittees and over 80 participants, implements sustainability projects on campus, like advocating for green buildings and increasing awareness about environmental issues.
  • Delaware State University was selected to receive a 2010 Kresge Fellowship Program Award. The fellowship provides a senior staff member with capacity-building opportunities on green building and sustainability in higher education, as well as peer-to-peer networking opportunities as a 2010 Kresge Foundation Fellow.
  • The university has an informal green procurement policy, purchasing Energy Star rated appliances and equipment as needed through state contracts.

Green Building

  • Delaware State University has a green building policy, and the campus features two buildings that meet LEED standards.
  • To improve energy efficiency, the university has installed lighting sensors in all new construction projects, energy-efficient lights, economizers, and energy management systems.
  • The newly dedicated Wellness and Recreation Center features occupancy sensors, dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets, and low-flow showerheads.
  • The school is discussing adaptive reuse projects such as converting an historic barn into office space and trade shops.
  • The campus is adding bio-retention ponds to its new Human Ecology Addition, which will filter out pollution in storm water runoff.

Climate Change & Energy

  • The university has completed a greenhouse gas inventory through the Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
  • Temperatures are set back on nights and weekends, and building systems are tuned up twice a year.
  • The university has conducted energy audits to identify areas of improvement for future projects.
  • A sustainable office competition has been launched, with an awards ceremony planned for the end of the year.
  • Computers are set to automatically enter sleep mode at night.
  • A semi-weekly campus e-newsletter lists green tips at the top.
  • The university has a comprehensive sustainability website that is updated with information about campus projects, green tips, and environmental community events.


  • The campus recycles traditional materials including aluminum, cardboard, and paper.
  • Electronics that can be recycled on campus include cell phones, printer cartridges, computers, and light bulbs.
  • Printers are set to print double-sided as the default.


  • The dining halls serve local foods, including produce from the on-campus garden.
  • Both pre- and post-consumer food scraps are composted.
  • Excess food is donated to a food bank.
  • In fall 2010, over 800 reusable mugs were distributed to incoming freshmen, which allowed them to receive discounts when used in the dining halls. The mugs are also available for sale to the rest of the campus community.
  • The dining facilities have removed trays in order to save water and energy and reduce food waste. Over 14,000 trayless meals are served in the main dining hall each week.

Student Involvement

  • Annual Earth Week activities include campus clean-up competitions and presentations on sustainability delivered by experts.
  • Students work in the on-campus garden. Food from the garden will be used in the dining halls and sold at DSU’s farmers’ market, with the excess given to a local food bank. The school plans to begin additional sustainability gardens throughout the campus.
  • Students assisted in a large-scale tree planting project in the university’s arboretum, which holds more than 100 tree species.
  • The Office of Development and the College of Agriculture hire student interns to work on sustainability projects.
  • A DSU student was given a national 2010 Student Sustainability Award from AASHE for his work in leading student sustainability initiatives at the university, including establishing the Green Ambassadors student group.
  • Student Green Ambassadors are members of a number of sustainability-focused student groups, including the Rotarac Club; DSU Recycle; Habitat for Humanity; and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences. They promote the university’s “Go Green” initiative, advise on incorporating environmental themes into the curriculum, and are planning a student summit for local colleges to establish a student network for sustainability.
  • The university offers an environmental science major and minor, as well as a growing graduate-level environmental science program.
  • On the first Friday of every month, a sustainability-themed movie is screened on campus.
  • A new feature in the student newspaper, the Green Corner, highlights sustainability issues, concerns, and projects at DSU.


  • Free transportation is available around campus, and transportation to local destinations like airports and train stations is subsidized.
  • DSU partners with a car-sharing program.
  • Of the university’s 82 fleet vehicles, one is a hybrid and another is fueled with E85 gasoline.
  • The campus core has been closed to cars to create a pedestrian-friendly environment.
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