Sustainable Southern

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.

News and updates for 2022

Day of Caring - April 13

Your donation to the Southern Green Fund supports sustainability internships open to Southern students in any academic discipline. Guided by Suzie Huminski and Heather Stearns at the Sustainability Office, the sustainability intern team leads campus food recovery and donation to soup kitchens, the campus community garden and pollinator pathway, Southern's greenhouse gas emissions inventory, two campus reuse stores, environmental restoration in underserved neighborhoods, furniture donation to non-profits, social media and communications. 

Sustainability interns work as a team and learn professional skills through direct experience in all stages of project planning, implementation and evaluation. Since 2013, more than 70 students have completed sustainability internships at Southern and have gone on to attend Masters and PhD programs, and launched careers in the solar industry, waste management, water utilities, municipal planning, sustainability consulting, healthcare, and teaching professions.

Donate to the Green Fund


We're Hiring!

Our office is seeking a intern to manage our campus community garden this summer and fall.

Please see the job description on our Internships page.

Head Outdoors for Spring Faculty Development!

Interested in outdoor place-based teaching and learning?

Spending time together outdoors is important for community resilience, fostering wellbeing, and can improve teaching and learning outcomes. This series is open to all faculty, sponsored by a faculty development grant and the Office of Sustainability. Each event features Southern faculty and a local community partner. Are you a new or recently hired faculty member? Welcome to Southern and we hope you join us exploring some local outdoor treasures. Interested in sharing research, creative activity or curriculum that connects to one of the events below? Contact us! 

Registration is required, spaces are limited, and events are free. 

Questions? Contact Suzie Huminski, Sustainability Coordinator

Spring 2022 Faculty Development Events

*NOTE: The following events are sponsored by faculty development grant. Events may open to students and staff after faculty priority registration

Hike Sleeping Giant, Hamden
Friday, March 4, 2022, 1:30-4:30 pm 

Kick off the series with a hike at Sleeping Giant State Park led by Dr. Scott Ellis (ENG). Learn about this well-loved CT state park and spend an afternoon with colleagues. Community partner: Connecticut Forest and Parks Association. Limit: 10 people. 

A hike in the woods


Falkner Island Habitat Restoration, Long Island Sound near Guilford & Branford
Friday, April 22 9:30 am-3 pm

Part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, this unique island bird sanctuary is formed from glacial till in local Long Island Sound waters near Guilford. Explore the island, visit the lighthouse, and assist preparing nesting habitat for marine migratory bird species.  Faulkner's is closed to human visitors throughout much of the year. Community partners: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Audubon CT. Limit: 10-12 people. Rain date: Friday April 29.

A group of students and faculty with the ocean in the background


Great Meadows Marsh and Coastal Habitat Restoration, Stratford
Saturday, April 23, 2022, 10 am- 2 pm

This large-scale coastal resilience project will restore 22 acres of Connecticut's largest un-trenched marsh and includes planting more than 10,000 coastal plants in April. Celebrate Earth Day helping Audubon CT, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, CT DEEP and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) planting native vegetation and learning about coastal restoration in response to climate change.  Limit: 18 people.

A group of students and faculty outdoors


SCSU Campus Community Garden Season Kick-Off
Thursday, April 28, 5-7 pm

Interested in teaching a class at the campus garden? All disciplines welcome. Southern's Campus Community Garden is located behind Davis Hall. Learn how you and your students can become involved at the pollinator pathway and produce garden. The annual harvest is donated to local soup kitchens. With 25 camp chairs and wi-fi, the garden is an outdoor classroom with a beautiful view. Community partner: Gather New Haven. Refreshments provided. Limit: 20 people.

A group of students and faculty outdoors


Lunch and Canoe the West River, New Haven
Tentative: Monday, May 16, 12:30- 4 pm 

Information and Registration TBD

Back by popular demand! Based on success of the Fall '21 faculty canoe trip, we'll paddle a tidal stretch of New Haven's West River near West River Park. No experience necessary. Lunch provided. Limit: 20 people


Outer Island Retreat, Stony Creek, Branford
Date: TBD, May 

Information and Registration TBD