The Stetson Footprint
What is Stetson University doing to help address issues related to climate change and environment? How are we acting as responsible stewards?
The purpose of this site is to help answer those questions and compile the many academic and community driven activities addressing those questions in one place.
Focus on Environmental Stewardship
As most of us know, being responsible stewards of our environment is a core value at Stetson, and the university is one of the Charter Signatory members of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). In June 2007, then Stetson University President Doug Lee signed the ACUPCC, and since that time our goals have been codified in the Stetson Environmental Stewardship Plan that was endorsed and put into action by our Board of Trustees. That plan includes targets toward achieving our goal of being carbon neutral, action steps, periodic measurement and reporting of our results.
In addition, Stetson University recently adopted the Energy and Water Conservation Policy, requiring our campus communities to support efforts to reduce water and energy consumption by 18 percent.
These efforts have not gone unrecognized. This spring, Stetson University was noted as a "Green College" in the “Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition." The guide recognized Stetson for its commitment to environmental education, environmentally responsible purchasing, efficient use and conservation of resources, minimizing solid waste and hazardous materials, and promoting a green campus design that incorporates plants native to Florida.
"Stetson’s Native Plant Policy is a great example of the proactive approach the university takes in addressing sustainability issues on campus," says the guide, noting that the move "cuts down on its use of fertilizers and pesticides, since indigenous plants require less maintenance as compared to traditional landscaping plants."
Other Notable Green Efforts at Stetson
- Placing top five in the nation for the past two years in the Recycle Mania Grand Championship category. Stetson recycles more than 200,000 pounds of paper and cardboard, 10,000 pounds of plastic, and 1,000 pounds of aluminum each year.
- Through its Roots and Shoots program - inspired by Jane Goodall’s visit to campus - the university encourages students to give their time to the "environment, animals, and the community."
- Stetson’s Lynn Business Center is LEED-certified. Notably, it was also the first green building in Florida.
- The campus is committed to LEED certification for new construction and renovations, and the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Environmental Learning Center — which features a rainwater collection system, recycled metal roofing, and a geothermal heating system — has also achieved LEED Gold (the second LEED-certified building on campus).