Saint Francis University engages in several university-wide efforts to promote sustainability.
Saint Francis University implemented a recycling program in 1991 to
reduce landfill waste and demonstrate Franciscan stewardship of our
environment. Most classrooms and offices have paper collection and in
many hallways one will find collection bins. A number of items are also
accepted at the large community recycling bins located in the JFK
Christian Hall and the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness,
two buildings on campus, feature geothermal heating and cooling systems
that reduce the amount of pollution emissions that would be generated
from traditional heating sources. In addition, the albedo (white) roof reflects solar light to reduce the amount of heat that the DiSepio Institute receives.
Dining services uses a term called “EcoSteps" to communicate the steps we are taking to reduce our environmental footprint. These EcoSteps are “our steps to sustainability” to continually expand our role as a socially responsible university while providing exceptional hospitality to all of our
guests. The EcoStep’s logo highlights items that are part of our sustainability program. Below are the EcoSteps that St. Francis Dining currently has accomplished:
Located on campus, this 1.5 mile path winds though a variety of
different nature habitats on campus. The trail was designed to provide
access to the University's quieter, more natural areas and to increase
knowledge of our local ecology. In addition to its recreational use, the
trail and surrounding ecosystem are used by the Biology Department and
other members of the campus and local community as a site to conduct
scientific research and to promote environmental education. The trail
is open to use by all members of the community.
Refilling a water bottle is made easy with hydration stations located in buildings around campus.
Station locations include:
The park, located on the southern edge of campus, has been designed to
provide residents, students, and visitors a multi-purpose area to enjoy
recreational and learning opportunities. Features such as a walking
path, fitness stations, outdoor classroom, playground equipment, picnic
tables, grills, benches, and bike racks provide users with a wide
variety of options for recreational and health and wellness activities.
Utilizing sustainable and green building practices were integral to
the park’s construction. The project site is adjacent to a portion of
natural woodland and wetland complex that runs along the floodplain of
an unnamed tributary to Clearfield Creek. Over the years, the land had
been used to hold rock and soil construction wastes. During
construction, these previously disturbed wetland areas were restored by
removing the earth and rock fill and great care was taken to avoid
The vision for the park was to present a natural, sustainable, and
inviting outdoor space as opposed to a well-manicured, programmed area
with a sterile feel. Bioretention/rain garden areas have been
constructed along the sides of the park to absorb drainage and runoff.
Plantings include PA native species (including Red Maples, Tulip Trees,
and Eastern Hemlocks) as well as vegetated swales and “no mow” meadow
grasses around the park’s boundaries. The outdoor classroom, fitness
stations, benches, picnic tables, and trash/recycling receptacles are
mounted on permeable bases to assist with runoff. The playground
equipment, picnic tables, and benches are made from recycled plastic
materials and the restrooms are an environmentally-friendly waterless
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