“As 西顿希尔大学 fulfills its mission to educate students to think and act critically to become global citizens – and as the Sisters of Charity continue their work with the most vulnerable among us – it is important that we affirm our commitment to take action to care for our common home and to work toward a better future.” 

- 西顿希尔大学 President Mary Finger

Seton Hill 可持续性 Initiatives

Below is a list of current, planned and recently completed sustainability initiatives. Seton Hill students participate in university sustainability initiatives at all levels. 云顶集团的可持续发展

President’s Task Force for 可持续性 - This leadership group oversees all sustainability efforts on campus and creates both short and long-term sustainability goals for the university. 核心成员包括:

  • Maureen O ' brien, S.C.,负责使命的副总裁 & 身份
  • 达伦Achtzehn可持续发展总监 & 外展
  • 布尔茨斯基杰西卡, Ph.D.,生物学副教授 & Coordinator of Environmental Studies Minor
  • 克里斯汀Cusick, Ph.D.,英语副教授 & 荣誉项目主任
  • 阿曼达·德威特,服务体验总监
  • 苏珊Eichenberger, Ph.D.社会学副教授
  • 莎拉·乔伊纳, Ph.D.,化学助理教授
  • Jen琼斯, Ph.D.,副教授 & 市场部协调员 & 通信
  • 蕾妮乐观, Ph.D.生物学助理教授

The President's Task Force for 可持续性 works closely with other Seton Hill key initiatives, 包括:

  • 天主教社会训导 (stewardship of creation and human dignity). 
  • 事实发现 (verification of facts about the environment and climate change). 
  • 多样性、股票 & 包容 (环境正义). 

赞扬Si的行动计划 - As part of the University’s extended Earth Day celebration in 2022, the Sisters of Charity joined with Seton Hill leadership in presenting 7-year sustainability action plans in honor of Laudato Si’, 教皇弗朗西斯的第二封通谕, subtitled “On Care of Our Common 首页.”学生 Moving Pallets on 世界服务日

温室改造 - In 2022, Seton Hill completed an extensive renovation of its 校园温室

荣誉项目研究项目 ——西顿·希尔 荣誉项目 students complete a capstone experience that requires evidence of scholarly research and a public presentation. Honors students frequently devote their capstone to sustainability topics.

环境研究(辅修) - - - 18-credit environmental studies minor at 西顿希尔大学 offers students opportunities for an in-depth analysis of regional and global environmental problems, 他们的原因, 以及它们的潜在解决方案.

全球研究B.A. 环境专业 & 可持续性 - - - 全球研究B.A. degree has an international focus that connects students with the broader world and introduces them to a deep understanding of other languages, 文化, 宗教, 以及政府系统. Its specialization in environment and sustainability devotes 18 credits (6 courses) to understanding sustainability issues and initiatives around the world.

资讯科技管理硕士.S. 以可持续发展为重点 ——西顿·希尔’s new online graduate program in 资讯科技管理 incorporates teaching on designing lasting technology solutions that minimize environmental impact.


校园的花园 grow food that is served in Seton Hill’s 餐厅 Hall and is also shared with the Sisters of Charity and the Westmoreland County Food Bank.  园林包括:

  • A vegetable garden growing peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, beans, and squash
  • An herb garden providing fresh clippings of nine different herbs 
  • 一个蝙蝠屋,一个小蝴蝶园 & 蜜蜂的花园


  • Farm-to-table: crops harvested from the garden are served roughly 20 minutes after being brought into the dining hall.
  • Composting: food scrap waste is composted in flower gardens around campus.
  • Strawless & trayless initiatives reduce unnecessary plastic waste and conserve water.
  • Reusable to-go containers eliminate the need for plastic and styrofoam one-time-use containers.

可持续性-Focused Service Projects

学生, faculty and staff at Seton Hill create and participate in projects throughout the year, 包括:西顿·希尔收养了一条公路20年

  • 信息表
  • 大自然的寻宝游戏
  • Sustainable product prizes for campus competitions
  • 校园清理
  • 爱心劳动服务项目
  • 把这一天花在服务项目上
  • 世界服务日 & 地球周活动
  • 小组讨论
  • 电影之夜
  • An on-campus interpretative nature trail
  • Chemistry Club’s Adopt-A-Highway clean up for 20+ years

西顿希尔大学 (SHU) Sustainable Human Settlements and 资源 - This student-led initiative received a Millennium Fellowship, sponsored by the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium 校园 Network. 

TerraCycle ——西顿·希尔 partners with TerraCycle to collect & recycle personal hygiene waste, such as toothbrushes and deodorant packaging.

由回收材料制成的长凳NexTrex ——西顿·希尔 & the Sisters of Charity partner with Trex - a manufacturer of outdoor furniture and decking - through their NexTrex recycling program. NexTrex turns plastic film and bags collected by the Seton Hill community and Sisters of Charity and turns it into plastic benches for use on campus and the grounds of Caritas Christi.

SHU环境协会 - - - student voice for sustainability and environmentally-conscious choices and policies on campus.

电动汽车充电站 ——西顿·希尔 currently has an electric car charging station on campus, 有两个专用停车位. Plans are in place for additional spots soon.