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1 Green Campus Initiative Going Green on Campus and in the Classroom Hilary R. Mosher and James M. Haynes Dept. of Environmental Science and Biology

2 Green Campus Initiative Discussion Outline How the College is Going GreenHow the College is Going Green The 3 RsThe 3 Rs –Reuse –Reduce –Recycle Energy ConservationEnergy Conservation What you can do to Go Green!What you can do to Go Green! –Break old habits and form new ones. –Be a role model for your students.

3 Green Campus Initiative Did you know? Making paper from recycled material uses 60% less energy than making virgin paper. If every household in the U.S. reused a paper bag for one shopping trip, approximately 60,000 trees would be saved each year. Making cans from recycled aluminum saves 95% of the energy required to produce cans from virgin material. Approx. 75% of our trash can be recycled.

4 Green Campus Initiative The College gets a Green Star! Reduced energy consumption by 35% over the last 10 years. Installed geothermal wells in our new Townhouses that meet LEED certification standards. Has the only comprehensive management of environmental, safety and health system in all of SUNY.

5 Green Campus Initiative College Cont…. Recycles 40% of all domestic refuse collected. Implemented a collaborative stormwater management plan in cooperation with EHS, Earth Sciences, Monroe County and NYSDEC. – –Produced a video, only rain down the drain, widely used for training purposes. Student-run program uses fryer grease (from food service) to make biodiesel for diesel vehicles on campus.

6 Green Campus Initiative Reuse! Its as simple as it sounds!Its as simple as it sounds! – –Have students buy used text booksthis saves the cost of reprinting and saves hundreds of sheets of paper and therefore trees! – –Encourage students to write on required handouts rather than use new sheets of paper. – –Try to reuse products as much as possible. Reuse water bottles by refilling instead of buying new. Carry a reusable mug for coffee- this saves money too! Bring your own plate, napkin, tableware and mug to the Union.

7 Green Campus Initiative Reduce! Consider the end life of the product you are using. – –Purchase post-consumer paper in your Dept. Be a good consumerbuy products with the least packaging that are made from recycled materials. Purchase less. Prepare handouts that are single spaced and double sided with narrower margins. Nothing reduces consumption rates better than less stuff to trash and recycle!

8 Green Campus Initiative Recycle! Recycling one soda can (vs. making a new one) saves enough energy to power a television or computer for 3 hours! Use the recycling bins in your classrooms and office. – –Paper and cardboard; clear, brown and green glass; plastics #1 and #2. – –Encourage classroom recycling by students. – –Make the building coordinator aware if there is not a recycling bin in your classroom or office. Recycle your printer cartridges! – –Collection boxes set up all over campusinquire at the information desk.

9 Green Campus Initiative Paper Use at the College From 01 January through 23 September 2008, 3,103,618 pages were printed at the College.From 01 January through 23 September 2008, 3,103,618 pages were printed at the College. Daily printing at the College averages 14,598 pages!Daily printing at the College averages 14,598 pages! This equates to 6,207 reams or $15,518!This equates to 6,207 reams or $15,518! How can you reduce paper use?How can you reduce paper use?

10 Green Campus Initiative Reduce Paper Use Utilize the ANGEL system as much as possible.Utilize the ANGEL system as much as possible. Print documents double sided and single spaced.Print documents double sided and single spaced. Reduce margins and paragraph and line spacing.Reduce margins and paragraph and line spacing. Have students print in handout mode (9 slides per page) for all power points.Have students print in handout mode (9 slides per page) for all power points. Try to reduce the amount of presentation handouts you require.Try to reduce the amount of presentation handouts you require. Emphasize paper reduction during class.Emphasize paper reduction during class.

11 Green Campus Initiative Be a good consumer! Try to buy only products that: Were produced locally. Can be recycled. Have the least amount of packaging Look for the triangle with a # 1 or 2 for plastics. Only clear, green and brown glass. Everyone can make a difference through small changes.

12 Green Campus Initiative Energy Conservation Do you enter or leave a lit classroom with projectors on?Do you enter or leave a lit classroom with projectors on? Turn off lights, computers, and AV equipment when not in use. Use natural lighting as much as possible Keep windows and doors closed in the heating season Walk around the campusdont drive! These actions reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing your electricity use and fossil fuel (mostly coal) consumption!

13 Green Campus Initiative You and Your Students: Get Involved! Volunteer for campus cleanups and encourage student participation. Help make our campus aesthetically pleasing by acting responsibly; dont litter and pick up litter where you see it! Volunteer for environmental programs that benefit the campus and the community. Use environmental examples in courses whenever possible (math, English, business, nursing, etc.; examples abound!) Check out our Green Campus Initiative Website (www.brockport.edu/gci) to get more information! International Coastal Cleanup Campus Cleanup Campus Beautification

14 Green Campus Initiative Campus Projects Recycling on campusRecycling on campus Geothermal heating and coolingGeothermal heating and cooling Solar photovoltaicsSolar photovoltaics Waste water/storm waterWaste water/storm water Transportation issues (biodiesel)Transportation issues (biodiesel) Green designGreen design Sustainable food servicesSustainable food services Energy conservationEnergy conservation

15 Green Campus Initiative Sample Curriculum List from Ithaca College School of BusinessSchool of Business School of CommunicationsSchool of Communications School of Health Science and Human PerformancesSchool of Health Science and Human Performances School of Humanities and SciencesSchool of Humanities and Sciences Division of Interdisciplinary and International StudiesDivision of Interdisciplinary and International Studies 122 Courses with a sustainable theme!

16 Green Campus Initiative Sample Inclusion from Ithaca College Mathematics incorporates statistical data from governmental agencies regarding curve fitting and regression analysis for current environmental trends.Mathematics incorporates statistical data from governmental agencies regarding curve fitting and regression analysis for current environmental trends. Business, Biology and Sociology utilize The Low Carbon Diet to encourage students to reduce their climate impacts.Business, Biology and Sociology utilize The Low Carbon Diet to encourage students to reduce their climate impacts. Communications students created a successful pledge green campaign to encourage other students to be sustainable.Communications students created a successful pledge green campaign to encourage other students to be sustainable. English students write sustainable poetry.English students write sustainable poetry. Business students create a green business and marketing plan.Business students create a green business and marketing plan.

17 Green Campus Initiative Teaching Tricks for Going Green Choose books and readings on environmental issues that meet course objectives.Choose books and readings on environmental issues that meet course objectives. –Collapse by Jared Diamond –Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert –Walden by Thoreau –Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble by Lester Brown Tour of ENV 201/202 Angel site.Tour of ENV 201/202 Angel site. –Give, receive and grade assignments on Angel. –Use track changes in MS Word for grading.

18 Green Campus Initiative Help the College go Green! Get a Green Star! 'The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything' Albert Einstein.


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