Sustainability at Adelphi

Sustainability at Adelphi

A leader in the field of energy conservation and recycling, Adelphi University teaches by example. The University is in the forefront of developing programs and policies that will ensure an environmentally friendly and fuel efficient environment.

Green at the UC

Environmentally friendly materials — and a major recycling event.

An Organic Campus for More Than 20 Years

Go behind the scenes with Robert Conaghan, associate director of facilities management, to learn how he has led Adelphi's push for organic methods to keep our campus green, sustainable and 100 percent pesticide-free. He and his team care for 70 species of trees and shrubs, a garden for native plants and pollinators, our birds, lizards, and, of course, our beloved bunnies.

Adelphi's Organic Campus

The University is committed to:

  • Decreasing our reliance on fossil fuel
  • Reducing energy use and improving energy efficiency
  • Utilizing alternative forms of energy wherever possible
  • Decreasing the production of emissions that contribute to climate change
  • Conserving energy in information technology and computer usage
  • Pesticide-free grounds, relying 100% on natural, organic techniques
  • Recycling efforts
  • Greener construction
  • Harnessing solar energy
  • Using Green Seal® products
  • Replacing Public Safety patrol vehicles with hybrid vehicles
  • Encouraging the use of public transportation by providing free shuttle service to all major hubs for students, faculty and staff

Over a decade ago, Adelphi became the only higher education institution in the region to install a geothermal heating and cooling system that decreased New Hall’s dependence on electricity by an estimated 30%.

We continue to search for new ways to improve energy efficiency and to use products that are beneficial to us and to the environment. Adelphi was inspected by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 for compliance with all regulations dealing with health, environment and disposal of hazardous waste. Adelphi was the only educational institution in the region to pass this inspection without any fines or penalties.

Sustainability in Action

Earth Month: April

Over 52 years ago, Georgia Senator Gaylord Nelson established the first Earth Day in 1970. The day was created to call national attention to the lack of environmental regulation and increasing pollution conditions happening at the time. Today we continue this mission to educate ourselves on the environment, advocate for sustainability, achieve a clean and healthy environment, and advocate environmental justice for all.

Dining Services’ Sustainability Commitment

Dining Services takes an aggressive approach towards maintaining an environmentally sound dining program and is constantly seeking new and improved ways to further develop our environmental plan.

The Princeton Review 2023 - Guide to Green Schools
Adelphi University is ranked as an environmentally responsible school—based on a review of over 700 colleges.

Make a Difference

Adelphi University would like to remind the community that energy efficiency is beneficial to both your wallet and the environment. Learn how you can make a difference and help build a healthier, more sustainable Adelphi
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