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Chapman Sustainability

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Chapman University is committed to a campus culture that promotes a sustainable future. This commitment is instrumental to Chapman’s mission to educate ethical and informed global citizens. As such, it calls upon all constituencies of the University to carefully evaluate short- and long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of decisions before acting. The University demonstrates this commitment through sustainable practices in strategic planning and ongoing operations as well as sustainability-focused educational programs, research, and community engagement.

-Chapman University Sustainability Policy, enacted in Fall 2014

2014 Eco-Award.

Chapman was awarded the honor of 2014 Most Sustainable School in Orange County by the U.S. Green Building Council. The USGBC is an organization dedicated to spreading its vision of a more sustainable future. It provides LEED certification to hundreds of buildings across America every year, promotes education on green buildings, advocates to policymakers for more sustainable government measures, and much more. Learn about the USGBC here.

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 areas of sustainability described below are just a few of these efforts as they've been implemented at Chapman. 

+ - Recycling

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. See the Waste Management page for details on Chapman's handling of surplus assets.

+ - Water Conservation

Drought tolerant plants on campus Chapman University realizes that water is a precious resource  and as a campus community, we work to conserve its use in  our daily operations. Our residence life areas and campus  buildings are outfitted with low-flow devices and much of the  campus has been changed to drought tolerant, California  friendly, and low water use plants and ground cover. Most  irrigation is drip irrigation and overhead spray times are  strictly monitored. We have also increased our cooling tower    cycles, which has increased water savings in our HVAC  systems. 

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

+ - Environmental Audits

recycling symbol Each year the Environmental Science and Policy students complete a campus audit as part of  their Capstone class. The class cover topics ranging from energy management to procurement  and produce a list of recommended actions that the university is able to use for project  forecasting. To learn more about audit topics done by the university, visit our Environmental  Audit page.

+ - Energy Efficiency

Energy saving lightbulb. The University is continually investigating energy efficiency strategies and opportunities. We  under take retrocommissioning and retro-fit projects regularly. We have been able to save  money and reduce our carbon footprint by fine tuning buildings, switching to LED lighting,  adding occupancy and motion censors, and increasing educating our faculty, staff, and  students about how their activity impacts the way a building runs and the campus carbon  footprint.   

+ - 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 Custodial Services Dashboard.

Group of people planting a tree.

Chapman University strives to foster a culture of sustainability in:

  • Our Facilities
  • Our Operations
  • Our Classrooms