November 19, 2015
As an institution of higher education, we applaud the monumental progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. Although we are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low-carbon future, we recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campuses.
We put forth our pledges as follows
The College at Brockport, State University of New York pledges to:
Show a path forward for living in harmony with our planet. That’s why we’ve invested millions of dollars in energy efficiency projects during the last 10 years and all of the new construction projects on campus, from our Special Events Recreation Center to our Liberal Arts Building to renovations of our residence halls, are, at minimum, built to LEED Silver standards. We run on the power of the sun, the earth and rain. We use photovoltaics to power portions of our campus, we gather rainwater for greywater recycling in newly renovated dormitories, and use geothermal energy to heat student townhomes.
Our commitment to a culture of sustainability has earned us national recognition. The Princeton Review has ranked us in their "Guide to Green Colleges" for three years running. We earned a Silver rating in the AASHE STARS rating survey and we’ve been named one of the most energy efficient campuses in the SUNY system on a per-squarefoot basis. Green is more than just our school color.
Building on our existing renewable energy research and progress, we will extend our commitment to educating not only our students but the public on the benefits of renewables and low-carbon energy through several programs and initiatives:
- Reducing our green footprint through policies that save paper in computer labs, reduce waste through trayless dining at our dining halls, compost, and recycle our cooking oil, among our other green deeds.
- Give our students the opportunity to put green principles into practice in our Green House, Living Learning Community.
- Cutting-edge research into the health of the Great Lakes.
- Bike-sharing programs.