Campus Sustainability News

EPA Rates CUNY Among Top Universities in the Country for use of Green Power

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.  The Environmental Protection Agencies ‘Green Power Partnership’ works with a wide variety of leading organizations and a growing number of colleges and universities to help advance green power and recognize the leaders by sector. […]

Queens College Rain Garden

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

In May, Queens College secured $580,000 from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection for the construction of an additional rain garden on campus, through the DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant program. The rain garden, to be built in the college’s Dining Hall Plaza, will replace 18,000sqft of impervious surface with trees, planting beds and permeable […]

Already ‘Cool’ Hunter College, Gets Cool Roofs

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Hunter College is a partner with the Mayor’s Office as part of NYC’s Cool Roofs initiative. This project helps mitigate the “heat island effect” in New York City and decreases unwanted heat load inside the buildings that create the cool roofs, helping to decrease the amount of air conditioning needed to cool these buildings on […]

‘1 Degree, 1 World, Make a Difference’ Wins Sustainable CUNY Video Contest

June 19, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Dave Schwittek, a College Laboratory Technician in the Art Department at Lehman College, is the winner of the Sustainable CUNY Video Contest. The contest was designed to raise awareness around simple behavioral changes that can have a tremendous impact on energy usage and energy savings. Schwittek was awarded the first place prize by University Director […]

Sustainable CUNY Video Contest

April 9, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Behavioral changes can sometimes be the most difficulty to achieve in the short run, but once new habits are adopted by the current generation they can become status quo. In order to raise awareness on behavioral changes that can have a tremendous impact on energy savings Sustainable CUNY is sponsoring a video contest that is […]

Grant Funding Available for ‘Rocket’ Composter

March 25, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has highlighted a grant funding opportunity to purchase a ‘Rocket’ composter for your campus. Funding of up to $100,000 is available through State Farm Insurance’s ‘Service Learning Grant’. Lehman College has operated a Rocket composter since 2010. The Rocket transforms organic material (food and yard waste) into useable […]

Organizing an Earth Day Event on a CUNY Campus

March 12, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

CUNY campuses often serve as a hub for community activities that have a broad appeal both on and off campus and have a long history of conducting Earth Day activities. This step by step guide for hosting an Earth Day Event includes suggestions for organization, themes, communication strategies and activities. Earth Day Organizing Pack

BMCC Conducts Sustainable Living Survey

March 12, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Drs. McNamara, Rennis and Wiseman, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) faculty and members of BMCC’s Sustainability Committee, recently conducted an exploratory study on campus. This research examined the personal sustainability practices and attitudes of urban community college students as well as their beliefs regarding campus sustainability policies. The Sustainable Living survey was administered to […]

Sustainable CUNY Conserves Effort Reaps Millions in Savings

March 12, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Thanks to redoubled efforts across CUNY campuses to conserve energy since Sustainable CUNY Conserves kicked off in July, CUNY saw almost $5.1 million dollars in savings during the last half of 2012. The savings were achieved through a variety of measures taken by CUNY’s colleges, including powering down lights and other unused equipment, managing peak […]

Sustainable Investment Fund Supports First Wave of Energy Saving Projects

March 1, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY Conserves has awarded half of the $1-million Sustainable Investment Fund to twelve college energy saving projects in the first wave of support for initiatives which make significant energy use reductions through either proven or innovative efficiency improvements. Baruch College, City College, the College of Staten Island, Hunter College, John Jay College, Lehman College […]