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Hampton University

School details:
Full-time enrollment: 4,789
Part-time enrollment: 613
Location: Hampton, Virginia


  • Hampton’s sustainability committee, HU Goes Green, makes suggestions to the president on sustainability and policy reform. It has completed effective initiatives in energy reduction and recycling.
  • The committee has also established a green purchasing policy to encourage the use of computers and appliances that meet EPEAT and Energy Star standards.
  • Ninety-seven percent of all paper purchased by the university is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • The majority of the cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal Environmental Choice certified or bio-renewable.
  • The assistant director of the physical plant coordinates sustainability efforts on campus in conjunction with the HU Goes Green Committee.

Green Building

  • The university has developed procedures stipulating that all newly constructed and renovated facilities will use energy-efficient products, all old HVAC systems will be replaced with more efficient units, and geothermal HVAC systems will be used in new buildings.
  • The university has two green buildings currently under construction: a multi-purpose building and a cafeteria. A green research building is also in the design phase.
  • The McGrew Towers renovation features insulated thermal pane windows.
  • To improve energy efficiency, Hampton has installed electric metering and efficient lighting.
  • Low-flow faucets help conserve water.

Climate Change & Energy

  • A greenhouse gas emissions inventory is currently in progress.
  • The new multi-purpose building will feature a geothermal heating and cooling system.
  • Energy-saving settings have been implemented on school computers.
  • Temperatures have been set back to save energy, and regular system tune-ups are performed.
  • The HU Goes Green committee has placed stickers on every light switch that remind people to switch off the lights when not in use.
  • The university utilizes geothermal HVAC for newly constructed and renovated buildings. The steam plant also purchases low-chlorine coal to in an effort to reduce the campus carbon footprint.
  • Energy-efficient lights are highly encouraged.


  • HU Goes Green has placed recycling bins in all campus buildings
  • The university recycles traditional materials, including aluminum, cardboard, glass, paper, and all plastics. Shredded paper from the campus Shred-It program is also recycled.
  • Hampton also recycles batteries, computers, light bulbs, and printer cartridges.
  • Landscape waste is composted.
  • Unwanted items during move-out are collected and donated to a local shelter.
  • Printing is limited from school computers, and the school is shifting toward electronic communication to reduce paper waste.


  • The dining halls feature local food from a farmer’s market as well as organic produce.
  • Used cooking oil is recycled.
  • Dining services offers eco-friendly to-go containers made from recycled products.

Student Involvement

  • The student group Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability (SEEDS) promotes environmental awareness at Hampton. Its members hold campus and waterfront clean-up efforts.
  • In addition to SEEDS, Hampton undergraduates can also join the Student Leadership Program, the Student Government Association, the Student Union Board, and the Marine and Environmental Science organizations, all of which deal with environmental issues.
  • Residential Assistants engage students in sustainable living.
  • The annual Going Green Week includes a student rally.
  • The school offers an environmental science major and minor, as well as a graduate-level environmental studies program.
  • Every March, students can attend sustainability workshops where they receive reusable shopping bags.
  • Hampton hosted a conference on the role of African-American families in the 21st century, which included talks by green architects and environmental speakers.
  • Students can participate in a shoreline stabilization and wetland mitigation project through the university.
  • Students involved with the Go Green Committee, the School of Science, and the Student Government Association have a partnership with an upcycling program that turns discarded product wrappers into products like kites and backpacks. A variety of activities have been designed to increase awareness of this initiative across campus.


  • The university has a free shuttle service for athletic events, cultural gatherings, and off-campus classes.
  • Hampton’s fleet includes electric golf carts and numerous alternative-fuel vehicles, including two hybrid police cars and nine biodiesel buses and trucks.
  • Hampton University officers have been trained to conduct bike patrols on the campus.
  • Freshmen and sophomores are not permitted to register cars on campus, which encourages use of alternative transportation.
  • written by admin

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