Green Living on Campus


Learn what is recyclable and use the proper disposal containers.

Host a Zero Waste Event. (PDF)

Use Less Paper

Go paperless. Pay stubs, newsletters and meeting agendas can all be done electronically.

Use double-sided and black-and-white default settings for all printers and copiers.

Conserve Water

Report any leaky faucets, running toilets or any other water waste to Physical Plant using the Request Form to help the University conserve our natural resources.

Campus Energy Resources

If you work on campus, remember to report energy waste, rooms too hot or cold and water leaks to your Maintenance Zone. Fill out the Physical Plant Service Request to report any issues that you find on campus. If you live on campus please report these issues to the Residential and Dining Center Service Request.

The established temperature guidelines are:
68 °F during the heating season (September 15 – May 15)
76 °F during the cooling season (May 16 – September 14)

Need a special heating or cooling schedule for a building/room because of a change in use, occupancy, or an upcoming special event?
Please schedule in advance using our online Advance Heating and Cooling Schedule Request form or call 315.443.1535.

Conserve Energy
Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Use a smart power strip for your electronics and chargers. Smart power strips only supply electricity to devices actively in use. If you don’t have a smart power strip, use a regular one but turn it off when your electronics are fully charged, when you’re not actually using your devices and when you leave for the day. Purchase Energy Star office equipment and use the power-saving settings. This applies to copiers, fax machines and printers. Measure your impact!
Syracuse University has many great sustainable transportation options available. Walk to campus or utilize the many bike lanes connecting the University and the community. Many bus routes are available for free to students, faculty and staff. Check out the SUBus app in the SU Mobile app for maps and bus times. Carpooling is also an option through Parking and Transit Services.

Faculty and Staff interested in finding out more about sustainability on campus, please sign up for the Sustain Campus Listserv!