Green Academic Programs
Environmental Geochemical Science Major
A four-year program leading to a B.S. in Environmental Geochemical Science. This interdisciplinary degree will provide students with a working knowledge of the scientific background required to address many environmental problems.
New Paltz is located in a region offering students many ideal options to pursue senior research projects that relate to environmental concerns... learn more
Environmental Studies Minor
The college now offers two programs in the School of Science and Engineering that are geared towards students with environmental interests.
The Environmental Studies minor provides an excellent general education in environmental issues that serves as a complement to any major. In addition to course work, the minor includes opportunities for students to gain fieldwork experience working for organizations that address environmental concerns. The college also offers a major in Environmental Geochemical Science for students who seek to work in technical fields addressing environmental issues... learn more
SUNY Solar Car
The State University of New York at New Paltz has had a Solar Car Racing Team (SCRT) for a few years now. The team has been a meeting place for intellectual students minds from not only New Paltz, but also the surrounding colleges and BOCES.
The SCRT is tasked with designing a car that runs completely, and efficiently, on only solar electricity. To do so, a light, but sturdy, vehicle has to be created and tested on the open road... learn more
Use of Solar Energy
In keeping with our Green Initiatives, the SUNY New Paltz Athletic and Wellness Center is currently having a photovoltaic system (solar panels) installed on its roof.
The solar panels are going to be tied into the schools electrical grid and will be used to help offset the power usage of the entire college. The system is expected to generate 71,956 kilowatts annually, which is about $8,000 in savings per year... learn more