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Chapman Sustainability


Chapman University is committed to sustainable development and to graduating responsible global citizens. 

In 2011 the University hired its first Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager as a part of the Facilities Management Department to enhance, support, and promote existing efforts on campus. The Sustainability Manager also seeks new collaborations among staff, students and faculty, in the pursuit of sustainability within and beyond the Chapman community.

Chapman University makes every effort to be a good steward of the community, and we feel that reducing our environmental impact is an important contribution we can make. We actively seek new ways to conserve water, energy, and landfill space. Please read about a few of our efforts below. 


Watch this video from our YouTube channel about plastic water bottle waste! If you would like to take the pledge against buying plastic water bottles on-campus, visit the Pledge Against Plastic page.

CR&R is our waste and recycling service provider. On campus we recycle metal, glass, plastics, paper, and even some textiles. Learn more about Chapman's recycling efforts »

As a campus community, when we replace items or have extra materials left over from construction we make every effort to donate those items still in good condition in order to avoid contributing to landfills.

+-Water Conservation

As a campus we realize that water is a precious resource and work to conserve its use as we go about our daily operations. Many dorms are now outfitted with low-flow devices and the washing machines located in the dorms use less water as well as are Energy Star rated. When parts are replaced we make every effort to install a more efficient model. In addition, every dorm room and apartment bathroom has a five-minute shower timer to reduce water use, especially during the drought. The goal is to encourage residents to take showers that are no more than five minutes long.

Learn more about the water crisis on our California's Drought page.

+-Greenhouse Gas Reduction

The University is completing its first Greenhouse Gas Audit. It includes Scope 1 and Scope 2 measures. It is our hope that in future years we will be able to increasingly account for our carbon footprint that is contributed through Scope 3 emissions that are more difficult to track and quantify.


Campus dining services are provided by Sodexo. Sodexo and Chapman work together to identify ways that we can create a more sustainable campus environment. Recently we adopted "greenware" as the cutlery for all catering orders requiring disposable cutlery. Greenware is made with renewable resources like plant starch, cups made from biodegradable, compostable, corn-based plastic or plant-based materials and Bagasse plates made from bamboo and sugarcane.

To find information regarding Chapman's dining services and Sodexo's programs, take a look at our Sodexo information page or visit their website.

+-Landscaping and Grounds

Our grounds services are provided by ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance. ValleyCrest works hard to ensure that our campus remains beautiful as well as sustainable. Most recently ValleyCrest has:

  • Replaced old style rotary sprinklers with more efficient models that each save a gallon of water a minute
  • Planted drought tolerant plants on campus
  • Switched to a slow-release fertilizer requiring less application
  • Currently testing a new "green" fertilizer for campus application

+-Energy Efficiency

The University is continually investigating energy efficiency strategies and opportunities. Lighting is one area that is under continual scrutiny as we allow for options that use less energy and have a longer life span. Most recently we did a $100,000 lighting retro-fit that will save 300,000 kWh and $50,000 a year in electricity costs associated with lighting.

+-Custodial Services

The University's custodial services are provided by Aramark.

Aramark uses a chemical free strategy to keep our campus clean and protect local watersheds. Detailed information is available via our Aramark Dashboard.

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Chapman University strives to foster a culture of sustainability in:

  • Our Facilities
  • Our Operations
  • Our Classrooms