Sustainability in Action
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- Approximately 7,200 square feet of vegetation sits atop SLU's Doisy Research Center. The roof is planted with sedum, a type of succulent with water storing leaves that is suited to Missouri's climate.
- All of SLU's new computers are evaluated through the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, which helps purchasers choose greener appliances.
- SLU's Grounds Department composts and mulches all landscaping waste, leading to an 85% reduction in disposal and landfill fees.
- All new construction projects at SLU devote at least 50 percent of their landscaping to native Missouri plants.
- At Fresh Gatherings, food and beverages are served via fully compostable plates, cups, bowls, and beverage cups.
- SLU serves locally-sourced food from 16 family farms and four food processors throughout Missouri and Illinois.
- Whenever possible, SLU's food service contractor purchases sustainable and organic food products, including 100% certified seafood; cage-free eggs; hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, turkey and pork; grass-fed beef and rBGH- free milk.
- Students participating in 2011's SLUstainability: Village Energy Efficiency Competition received guidance from Ameren Missouri and reduced their energy usage by 49,594 Kilowatt hours during the months of January, February and March.
- More than 12,300 pounds of unwanted electronic items and appliances were diverted from landfills during the SLUstainability: Electronics and Appliances Recycling Drive held to promote Earth Day awareness.
- SLU uses an automated system to control temperatures of academic, research and administrative buildings at night to prevent unnecessary heating and cooling.
- Busch Student Center has slashed its energy use and saved $13,000 a year simply by switching to LED lighting.
- SLU partners with RideFinders to help students and faculty and staff members build or find carpools.
- ]The University's HometownSLU program offers employees access to special lender offers and a forgivable loan program on selected properties that are close enough to campus for them to walk or bike to work.