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Environmental Impact! - Columbus State University

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Environmental Impact!


From May 2012 to February 2015 CSU’s environmental impact is equivalent to:

Offsetting the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 9 passenger vehicles.

Offsetting the CO2 emissions from the consumption of 5,430 gallons of gasoline, 1 tanker truck worth of gasoline, the total energy use of 4 homes for one year, 113 barrels of oil & the annual electricity use of 6 homes.

Offsetting CO2 emissions from staving off global warming via the intake & storage of carbon of 1,242 tree seedlings grown for 10 years & the annual carbon intake and storage in 10 acres of pine or fir forests.

Counterbalancing CO2 emissions from 2,018 propane cylinders used for home barbecues.

Green Cleaning

CSU obtained a Green Campus Award from Capaco in 2008 by using "green" chemicals for cleaning:

  • Glass & Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner & Scale Remover
  • Low Foam Neutral Floor Cleaner
  • Multi-Surface Cleaner

Landscape Design

CSU is home to approximately 40 different species of trees.

Time sensitive sprinklers ensure that the trees have an adequate amount of water to sustain them!

CSU utilizes native plants and mulch to minimize watering efforts!!

Landscape Photo
Landscape Photo
Landscape Photo

Lighting and Energy

CSU was awarded an Energy Grant to fund:

  • Installation of motion sensors
  • Installation of 2 sets of solar panels(Soccer Field &  on the roof of Morrow Clubhouse)
  • Replacement of T12 light bulbs to energy efficient T8 light bulbs
  • Installation of LED bulbs for pathway lighting.
  • CSU is also actively phasing out mercury filled fluorescent lights with environmentally friendly led lights. 

Solar Panels

CSU has 2 sets of Solar Panels located on Main Campus. One is located on top of Morrow Clubhouse and the other near the Soccer Field Complex.

These panels power pathway lighting at CSU near the Soccer Field and Cunningham Center.

From August 2013 to March 2015, CSU saved 38,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide from just one of our 2 solar panels!

Solar Panel usage decreases power costs, making this Georgia Power bill $2.87.

Solar Panels Photo
Solar Panles Photo

Charging Stations

We have solar powered charging stations placed in front of Howard Hall. These stations have solar panels built into them, using the sun's energy to provide power to the station's outlets. Thus, our students are able to charge their devices while hanging out in between classes. We take pride in being able to provide clean and sustainable energy to our students!

Solar Panel Tables Photo

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