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 2023

Make Your Mark Event!

The Office of Sustainability is looking for creative participants to submit a sketch for a paint-by-number mural to be added to one side of the community garden shed. Submissions will be voted on. The winners design will be chosen to paint as a community paint-by-number event in April 2023

The rules are as follows: 

  1. We would like the theme to be related to topics such as native flowers, animals, sustainability, recycling, people/children in nature, bees, butterflies, etc.
  2. Use a maximum of 6 colors.
  3. We require physical submissions to be 5 1/2 inches tall and 11 inches wide. This document must be delivered to the Office of Sustainability #236 in the facilities operations building off of Fitch Street. It should be delivered between the times 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  4. Digital submissions when printed should be no larger than 5 1/2 inches tall by 10 inches wide.
  5. Digital submissions must be sent to the email
  6. Submissions are due by Monday, March 27th, 2023. 
  7. If you have any questions or concerns please send them to

This event is open to ALL students, and submission of a design does NOT require commitment to painting.

The Swap Shop has Moved

The Swap Shop is now open! It is open on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in building TE8 room 106. The Office of Sustainability collects donated office supplies and makes these items available to staff and faculty for free. Our student interns and volunteers help manage this inventory to reduce campus waste, and to reduce emissions from deliveries and trips to retail locations. We don’t have everything, but we have a lot (especially toner)! Check out the shelves at our new location before your next purchase and please consider donating some items when you upgrade or move office locations. 

The Swap Shop is closed during spring break 3/14/2023.

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We're Hiring!

Our office is seeking interns for 2023. Please send an email to if you are interested

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