The continued growth of Stockton's Sustainability program with the addition of a new Sustainability lab represents the University's commitment to prepare students to become entrepreneurs and critical thinkers.
New Sustainability Lab
The new Health Sciences Center on the Galloway campus features a new Sustainability lab, where Patrick Hossay, associate professor of Sustainability, and his students will have more research space.
“The new academic building with the high ceilings and the roll up [doors] allows us to do a lot of things we can’t do right now. It allows the student to build an actual photovoltaic system, or a wind-powered system or a hybrid go-cart inside, roll it outside, test it and bring it back inside for repairs or reinvention,” Hossay said about the new space.
Hossay said the new space will allow faculty and students to collaborate on a variety of research opportunities.
Stockton Trading Post
Earlier this past spring, a team of Sustainability students converted a campus shed into a trading post, where lightly-used clothing, accessories and household items can be exchanged and reused by new owners.
The new Stockton Trading Post offers sustainable shopping through a thread exchange and thrift store, camping and tool rentals, and a reskilling workshop series that will teach students how to change a tire, make a fire, pitch a tent and more. Caitlin Clarke, Stockton’s Sustainability coordinator and an Environmental Science graduate, developed the concept when she noticed a need for a space to establish a reuse initiative on the Galloway campus.
Marine Field Station
Stockton’s Marine Field Station continued its efforts to recover lost oyster cages as part of the NOAA Marine Debris Removal Grant. This past February, Stockton identified the location of 67 lost oyster cages during a one-day survey.
The Marine Field station also expanded its oyster recycling program to the Southern Barnegat watershed. More than 150,000 baby oysters, or spat, were planted in the Tuckerton Reef in July 2017 in order to restore oyster growth.
The Stockton Farm, a 1.5-acre, off-grid sustainable farm, is a laboratory for students of all majors offering hands-on opportunities in agriculture, beekeeping and alternative energy research. Ron Hutchinson, associate professor of Biology, oversees the student interns, who help keep the farm running throughout the semester.
This past summer, students sold the harvest at the Galloway Green Market on Thursdays in June, the last three Thursdays in August. The students also shared their harvest with the University community on Thursdays on the Galloway campus.