SUNY-ESF's Green Practices Earn Recognition from National Wildlife Federation
Green Campus Initiative
SYRACUSE, N.Y. A program designed to encourage “greener” practices on the campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has earned honors from the National Wildlife Federation.
ESF’s Green Campus Initiative was awarded Green Campus Recognition by the federation’s Campus Ecology project. ESF was one of 13 campuses recognized from across the United States and Canada.
The Campus Ecology project gathers case studies each year for its Campus Environmental Yearbook to document environmental work being done at colleges and universities across the country. During the 2002-2003 academic year, 58 stories were submitted for publication, detailing how students, faculty and staff members worked to make their campuses greener by projects that included designing green buildings, conserving energy, planning landscapes to benefit wildlife and developing environmentally preferable purchasing policies.
ESF was recognized for its work in recycling, waste reduction, and energy conservation.
Waste reduction and recycling efforts focused on the college snack bar (more recycling, a 10-cent discount for customers who bring their own coffee mugs); a “lug-a-mug” campaign to encourage all members of the campus community to bring their own mugs to campus events instead of using disposable ones; posters in computer clusters to encourage more responsible printing; collection bins for ink jet and toner cartridges (proceeds go to the college scholarship fund); a “pre-cycling” poster campaign with tips for students and employees to cut down on the junk mail they receive; and space set a side for an organic garden.
The energy conservation aspect of the project involved the Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory, where databases were established to monitor energy consumption. Signs were placed on all fume hoods and in all classrooms, reminding users to close the hoods and turn off lights when possible. Members of the committee’s steering committee estimated that closing fume hoods when they are not in use reduces heat loss and produces enough energy savings to fund a graduate fellowship.
In addition, ESF plans to install a molten carbonate fuel cell that will eventually be powered by woody biomass, and the college has added to its fleet several vehicles that are powered by natural gas or electricity. College President Cornelius B. Murphy Jr. established the Green Campus Initiative at the beginning of the 2002-2003 academic year. Its steering committee comprises students, faculty and staff members.
More information on the recognition is available HERE.