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Sustainability and Stewardship

Stewardship and Getting Involved

In both physical presence and action, Quinnipiac serves as a responsible steward of its natural resources and supports the long-term environmental sustainability of humanity on Earth.

Quinnipiac promotes sustainable living through environmental communities. Students have the ability to get involved in many aspects of sustainability.

Explore ways to take sustainable action

Sustainable Living Guide

Students are able to make sustainable lifestyle choices that promote positive change by reducing waste and recycling. Explore our guide for students to help implement green alternatives to their livestyle and reduce their carbon footprint.

Explore our sustainable living guide

Students for Environmental Action

Students for Environmental Action (SEA) is a club committed to promoting environmental stewardship at Quinnipiac and in the broader community. Past events include World Environment Health Day and fundraising for the Coral Sea Alliance. If you are interested in participating in sustainability initiatives around campus with a group of like-minded environmentalists, consider joining SEA. 

Learn more about SEA

Living-Learning Community

The Natural and Environmental Science Living-Learning Community is designed for students who are interested in the environment. This LLC explores scientific, social, economic and other facets of sustainability. The community actively works to develop a more sustainable campus and society. 

Explore living-learning communities 

Albert Schweitzer Institute

The Albert Schweitzer Institute conducts programs that link education, ethics and voluntarism for the sake of creating a more peaceful and sustainable world. A dynamic presence at Quinnipiac, the institute has drawn notable humanitarians both to campus and to its board, and gives students of all majors opportunities to make a positive impact on local and global communities.

Learn how to get involved with ASI

Sustainability interns and fellows

Students can also apply to become sustainability interns or sustainability fellows. These paid, year-long positions support the operations of the Quinnipiac Sustainability Implementation Committee (QUSIC) and SEA. Sustainability interns provide a student perspective on the sustainability committee and help gather data for the STARS report every three years.

Email qusustainability@qu.edu to learn more.

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Sustainability-Focused Majors

The intersection of environmental stewardship and racial justice

Environmental justice is grounded in the belief that all people have the right to a clean and healthy environment, irrespective of race, gender, income, ethnicity or educational level. Ensuring an environment that meets present and future needs inevitably requires adjustments to the social and economic systems that depend upon and impact that environment. Quinnipiac will work to advance ecological learning, living and leading while remaining cognizant of the implications for the social and economic systems in which we are embedded.

Indigenous Recognition

10-Point Plan, Goal 8

Appropriately acknowledge the Indigenous people of the land of this region who are Quinnipiac’s namesake.
Progress and efforts reported in Fall 2023, since the 2022 report:
  • The annual Indigeneity Teach-In was held November 3, co-sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute (ASI) and the Indigenous Student Union (ISU).

  • With the Office of Financial Aid, we are developing a strategy for an Indigenous student–focused scholarship.

  • We continue to work on the Indigeneity Initiative:

    • Curating an annual exhibit at the Arnold Bernhard

    • Library for Native American Heritage Month and hosting events, guest speakers, film screenings and workshops throughout the year.

    • Adding an FAQ page about the Quinnipiac people to the ASI website.

    • Developing a welcoming statement and engagement workshop that will be used during Welcome Weekend with students new to the university for Fall 2023.

Progress and efforts reported in Spring 2022, since the 2021 report:
  • The annual Indigeneity Teach-In was held November 9 and co-sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute and the Indigenous Student Union.

  • In partnership with the Office of Financial Aid, we are developing a strategy for an Indigenous student–focused scholarship.

  • We continue to work on the Indigeneity Initiative. We are in the process of finalizing scholarships, a Quinnipiac naming history and research on the descendants of the Quinnipiac.

Progress since the 2021 report:
  • The annual Indigeneity Teach-In was held Nov. 9 and co-sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute and the Indigenous Student Union.

  • In partnership with the Office of Financial Aid, we are developing a strategy for an Indigenous student–focused scholarship.

  • We continue to work on the Indigeneity Initiative. We are in the process of finalizing scholarships, a Quinnipiac naming history and research on the descendants of the Quinnipiac.

Read the full 10-Point Plan

Wellness

There are plenty of activities to do around Quinnipiac to maintain your physical and mental wellness. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1

Hike the Giant

Located right in our backyard, Sleeping Giant State Park offers the perfect environment to go for a hike and clear your mind. With over 30 miles of trails to explore, the Giant is a much-loved spot for students to get their bodies moving and connect with nature.

2

Wellness Center

Quinnipiac's newly renovated Recreation and Wellness Center provides students with access to resources for the body and the mind. Equipped with a rock-climbing wall, recreational space and equipment, and a fuel bar for pre- and post-workouts, the Recreation and Wellness Center has everything you need to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Inside, students can also find the counseling center, dedicated to supporting the intellectual, emotional and social development of students. 

3

Pollinator Garden at the Albert Schweitzer Institute

The pollinator garden at the Albert Schweitzer Institute has several native plant species to provide nectar and pollen to a wide range of pollinator species. In addition to helping fight the declining population of pollinators, it has been proven that spending time around flowers can help reduce stress and improve emotional health.

Questions or comments

We'd love to hear your feedback or suggestions. Contact us at qusustainability@qu.edu