Dear Campus Community,

In the spring of 2020, Shippensburg University formalized its goal of carbon neutrality and community resilience planning with the signing of Second Nature’s Campus Climate Commitment. As we work toward this goal, under the direction of the SU Climate Action Plan Committee, there are important steps, we, as a campus community, must take each year.

One of those steps is the completion of a greenhouse gas inventory. This inventory estimates the greenhouse gas emissions associated with all campus operations. As part of this inventory, the SU Center for Land Use and Sustainability is administering a campus-wide survey to provide a more accurate calculation of emissions related to commuting.

The short, anonymous survey will ask you questions about your role at Ship (student, faculty, or staff) and your commuting behavior, including length and frequency of commute, and commuting mode. Please note, this survey is open to all students, not just commuter students. This information will be used to estimate greenhouse gas emissions and reported to Second Nature.

Student participants can enter to win a $50 gift card. Beyond a chance to win a prize and your contribution to the university’s efforts, this is a great moment for us as individuals to reflect on our daily commuting habits and find ways we can alter our behavior and reduce emissions.

The survey is open now, Monday, March 21 and will remain open through, Monday, April 11.

I am thankful for the work of the SU Climate Action Plan Committee and our entire campus community as we work to fulfill this important commitment. You are making a difference and this past year The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges 2022 recognized our work.

Let’s keep the momentum going! I encourage you to take this survey, a small task that will have a big impact on our campus and beyond.


Dr. Charles E. Patterson

Interim President