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Campus Sustainability

Single Stream Recycling (SSR)

Clayton State University has partnered with its waste management provider to assist the campus in piloting a new Single Stream Recycling (SSR) program. This program is designed to promote responsible resource management and to reduce waste costs.

In May 2011, the Student Center (renamed Edgewater Hall) and the Student Activity Center buildings were selected to pilot the program. As of June 2016 all campus buildings are participating in the single stream recycling program. Single stream recycling allows participants in these buildings to co-mingle all their recyclables into single containers for collection, processing and remarketing.

Acceptable Recyclable Items: 

  • Plastic Containers (grades 1-7)
  • Aluminum and Steel Cans
  • Glass (all colors)
  • Mixed Office Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Newspaper, magazines, phone books

Items not accepted for recycling (at this time):

  • Food waste and containers
  • Used tissues
  • Used paper towels
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Film
  • Magnets

All SSR buildings can be easily identified by the signage located at the main entrances to each building.

This program has been successfully implemented at many businesses and institutions and should help CSU significantly increase the total amount of campus waste that is recycled as well as result in cost savings.

View Single Stream Recycling Video

Dining Services

Laundry at Laker Hall

The Loch Shop


Phasing in automatic sensors and energy meters in each building to conserve and reduce energy costs.

The University is committed to energy conservation and started upgrading inefficient HVAC systems in various buildings. HVAC in the old construction buildings (1970s construction) are being upgraded from a two-pipe to a four-pipe system and connected to the centralized Energy Management System.

A new capital construction - Science Building project will be LEED Certified . It will accommodate the University with additional 65,000 GSF of academic space and provide to be energy and environment friendly.

CSU contributes into the national program ‘Rebuilding America’ by retrofitting buildings from simple fixes to more complex retrofits. Caulking windows, replacing windows with an energy efficient ones, improving building envelopes - to list a few items towards the energy efficient measures.

Another item that allows substantial energy savings is replacing all inefficient T-12 light fixtures with T-5 and T-8, implementing lighting controls and scheduling energy loads. Most of the buildings are already upgraded and will start contributing into energy savings.

University Faculty and Staff started utilizing Green Fleet to reduce environmental impact of harmful emissions and reduce fuel consumption. 100% electric golf carts and one electric car are at service for maintenance and custodial crew. Delivery and Mail Service is accommodated by the above mentioned means of transportation.

Irrigation water used on campus is supplied by rain water runoff collected in Swan Lake.