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Survey finds support high for Earth-friendly initiatives 

Pittsburgh -- A majority of faculty members at Robert Morris University incorporate sustainability into their classes, either through the topics covered in the course or through classroom practices such as distributing announcements and syllabi electronically rather than on paper, according to a survey on sustainability completed in the spring by faculty, staff and students.

The survey was conducted by the university’s Sustainability Committee, which was formed last year to promote socially responsible and environmentally sustainable practices through all aspects of campus activity. The committee includes faculty, staff and students. The survey was intended to assess environmental practices on campus and gather input from the campus community on how RMU can better promote sustainability.

Approximately 71 percent of survey respondents said it was important or very important that the university use environmentally friendly cleaning products – which it does. Roughly the same percentage said it was important or very important that the university use environmentally friendly office and construction products.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said that technology such as automatic light switches would help their own sustainability efforts on campus, while 41 percent wanted more information to help them be more environmentally friendly. (Respondents could make more than one selection.) A majority of respondents however, about 57 percent, said they would not support increased student fees to help pay for environmental initiatives.

Of the 479 people who participated in the survey, which was administered online, 59.9 percent were students, 23.6 percent were staff or administrators, and 16.5 percent were faculty. Click here for the complete survey results.

ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Robert Morris University promotes socially responsible and environmentally sustainable practices through all aspects of campus activity, including waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation, sustainable construction, and general business practices.  We will educate our students, faculty and staff, as well as the community, about social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and green practices.  We will help to prepare our students to become leaders in all areas of human endeavor supporting sustainable environmental practices.