News & Events
Energy Conservation Program, Summer 2016: This summer, the college is working towards reducing the amount of energy consumed across campus! We are focusing on the following energy conservation measures:
- Reducing the hallway lighting levels in unoccupied spaces.
- Cycling the air handling units in unoccupied spaces.
- Shutting down the computer labs in unoccupied spaces.
- Lowering the medium temperture water in the Heating Plant.
- Lowering the pool temperature.
- Enforcing the campus Temperature Policy.
LED Installation Projects: Click here to see a list of the most recent energy efficient LED installation projects.
NEW Sustainability Scholarship: Click here to download the application for the Red Closet Thrift Store Sustainability Scholarship!
NEW Sustainability Major: SUNY Oneonta has created a new Environmental Sustainability major which falls under the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability!
NEW Sustainability Living and Learning Community: Sign up for the new Sustainability Living and Learning Community for Fall 2016!!!
NYPA Operations & Maintenance Grant: SUNY Oneonta received a $75,000 state grant to improve energy efficiency in 10 campus buildings.
Sustainable Susquehanna Faculty Development Workshop: Applications are due on April 1st!
Green Procurement: Are you purchasing items for your office? Remember to make green procurement decisions!
Green Infrastructure: SUNY Oneonta received $910,000 in Green Innovation Grant Program funding for a project aimed at reducing the impact of stormwater runoff from the campus.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station: In January, the campus installed an electric vehicle charging station. The station is reserved for employee vehicles, but can be used by students and community members who receive permission from the Office of Sustainability. The station charges users $0.25 per hour for the first four hours and increases to $3 per hour after four hours.
Electronic Waste Recycling Station: In one year, the students recycled 1,300 pounds of electronic waste!
Recycling Report: This year, SUNY Oneonta produced 800 tons of garbage and 215 tons of recyclables. The campus had an average recycling rate of 22%.
Farm to SUNY: SUNY Oneonta is one of four SUNY campuses participating in the Farm to SUNY initiative. The goal of the Farm to SUNY initiative is to increase the procurement of fresh and minimally-processed New York-grown produce. This program was spearheaded by the American Farmland Trust (AFT) and Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS).
Move Out Donation & Reuse Program: Last May, over 90 cubic yards of donation items were dispersed across the Oneonta community within four hours. The event was located at St. James church. Ten different charities attended the event including Catholic Charities, Opportunities for Otsego, Catskill Area Hospice, RSS Inc., Spirit and Truth, Northeast Parent and Child Society, St. Mary’s, Elm Park, Literacy Volunteers and the College Assistance Migrant Program. Once the charities picked through the donation items, the community was invited to take the remaining items at no charge. Approximately 150 community members attended the event. Over 25 futons, 50 rugs and 75 pairs of shoes were donated to the program. Other donation items included clothing, bags, linens, office supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, sporting goods, storage containers, appliances, electronics, nonperishable food items, books, toys and kitchen appliances. This event was coordinated by the Office of Sustainability and the Move Out Committee. Check out the pictures on Facebook!
Recycling Video Competition:
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Single Stream Recycling Program: In July 2013, the College transitioned to single stream recycling. This type of recycling allows users to mix paper, glass, plastic, metal and cardboard into one bin. This summer, the College began to strategically place additional recycling bins in high traffic areas, classrooms and offices. In addition, recycling bins were labeled with appropriate signage. The College has a financial incentive to divert recyclables from the waste stream because the community pays $65.00 per ton of waste produced, while disposal of recycled material is free. Check out the single stream sorting process video!
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