Quinnipiac University
Aerial view of trees on Mount Carmel campus  in the fall

Sustainability and Stewardship

Tree Campus Designation

Quinnipiac is one of four in Connecticut recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus, alongside approximately 400 other universities across the country. An Arbor Day Foundation program, this distinction recognizes colleges and universities for their leaders who are promoting healthy trees and engaging the community in stewardship.

About our Designation

To obtain the Tree Campus designation, Quinnipiac meets the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus Higher Education. 

These standards include:

  1. The establishment of a tree advisory committee
  2. Evidence of a campus tree-care plan
  3. Dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program
  4. An annual Arbor Day observance
  5. Sponsorship of student service learning projects.

Quinnipiac is proud of this achievement and pledges a sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.


Goals for Quinnipiac as a Tree Campus

Some of the goals of the Tree Campus Higher Education initiative are:

  • Reducing the amount of energy our campus and community generates.
  • Planting more trees to help absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which will help mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • Improving mental health benefits for students and employees, and encouraging physical activity.
  • Assist in providing tree-related service-learning projects for students to help educate the next generation about the importance of caring for the environment.

Sustainability-Focused Majors

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Our Approach to Sustainability

We envision a Quinnipiac that is a model for sustainability in Southern New England, building its practices and leveraging its campuses to promote a healthy regional ecosystem, and to engage in practices that equip current and future students, faculty and staff to embody sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives, equipping them to thrive in a world increasingly influenced and affected by environmental disruption.

Learn more about our approach to sustainability

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

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

Questions or comments

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