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Student Projects

Through academic study, many Villanova students have chosen to incorporate campus sustainability into their research. Below are a few examples of more recent student research:

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden Stepping stone towards neighborhood conservation.

Battle of the Soxx: Students researched how to build a homemade soxx used during construction to control stormwater pollution at a more affordable rate than buying one. 

Disposable Water Bottles: Students studied the reasoning behind why students prefer disposable water bottles over reusable water bottles.

Paper Towel Use in Fitness Center: Students looked for alternatives to paper towels in the fitness center to clean off equipment.

Reusable To-Go Containers: Students assessed the viability of a reusable take out container in campus dining halls.

Climate Change Opinions: Students surveyed classmates to identify a correlation between climate change belief, area of study, and personal action.

The Effects of College Recreational: Students studied the effects of unregulated human waste disposal on near by soil and stream health.

Aquaponics: Students analyzed the necessity of fish in an aquaponics system by comparing that with fish fertilizer.

Bike Program: Should Villanova invest in a bike share program for on and off campus travel? A group of five students surveyed the student body and found a 68% interest rate in a bike share program.

Electric Fleet: What if our Public Safety replaced their traditional gas powered fleet with electric vehicles? Villanova would see a 58% reduction in the fleet's carbon emissions.

Hydration Stations: Will students use hydration stations if they are placed strategically around campus? Yes! 91% of students say they will switch to reusable water bottles if there are convenient refilling stations around campus.

SEPTA Student Ridership: What would make Villanova students switch to public transit over their personal vehicle? For 87% of students a discounted SEPTA ticket would make them more likely to use public transit.

Solar Farm vs. Field Cover: Does what you build a solar farm on change the systems energy output? According to this study, no. Whether a field or a gray top roof, solar panels preform about the same.

Rock Salt's Effect on Plant Growth: What is the effect of salting the roads and walkways on plants near the salted areas? One student is researching the answer to this question.

University Shuttle: Would an off campus shuttle be used by students and reduce Villanova's carbon footprint? Yes and yes. 90% of students who live off campus said they would use an off campus shuttle on a regular basis, and that switch from personal vehicles would reduce scope three carbon emissions.


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

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