Mercyhurst University


"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall


Study Sustainability

Student Sustainability Fund



Student Sustainability Fund

The Mercyhurst Sustainability Fund began as an initiative from the 2006-07 student Green Team. Members of the Green Team successfully campaigned for the fee through petitions (with over 1,000 students signing) and a 2-1 student referendum vote. Initially, the fee was called the "Student Green Energy Fee." 

The fund was eventually renamed the "Mercyhurst Sustainability Fund" so that it could have boarder impacts on Mercyhurst's efforts toward sustainability. Each student on the Erie Campus currently pays $5.00 per semester. The fund is administered by a review board consisting of students, staff, administrators, and faculty. The review board meets periodically to review proposals, which may be submitted by any Erie Campus community member. 


Select Funded Projects 

Yearly Project Funding – 40% of the Carbon REC and Carbon Offset Purchases; other 60% from university


Past Funded Projects 

  • Sustainable landscaping and rain garden behind Warde 
  • Sister Maura Smith Peace Garden 
  • Electric hand dryers 
  • Hydration station upgrades for Erie campus water fountains 
  • RiverBlue screening on campus with Fashion Council and Student Sustainability Club 
  • Bee Hotel – habitat for native bees and information board 
  • National Water Dance 
  • Sustainability Club Earth Week Activities


Contact Us

Mercyhurst University Sustainability Coordinator: Sarah Bennett 
Phone: 814-824-3611 


recycling poster



Sustainability Newsletter

Recycling at Mercyhurst

Sustainability Initiatives

Outdoor trash and recycling binds

Outdoor Dual/Trash Recycling Bins

composting systems

Earth Tub Composting Systems

green roof

Green Roof on Zurn Ceramics Lab

indoor recycling bins

Indoor Recycling Bin Upgrades

students cleaning up trash

Trash Pickup Around Erie County

students cleaning up beach

Beach Cleanup at Presque Isle 

Why Sustainability Studies?

We asked our students to tell us why they love studying Sustainability?

Vanessa Umutoni '17

Vanessa Umutoni '17

"The environment is a reflection of our attitudes."

Tom Hall '12

Tom Hall '12

"Improving lives and ecosystems"

Catherine Erway '18

Catherine Erway '18

"Efficiency, innovation, performance, progress."

Contact Us

Sarah Bennett
Biology Department Chairperson
Mercyhurst Sustainability Officer
Mercyhurst University