- The Office of Campus Sustainability is constantly working to lower the College’s carbon footprint. Recent efforts include a $2 million submetering project to identify low-cost conservation strategies and engagement with an energy consulting firm to develop an Energy Master Plan.
- Recyclemania, an eight-week recycling competition between residence halls, has been hosted by the Recycling Club since 2007 and encourages students to take an active role in campus sustainability efforts. A residence hall energy savings competition was recently launched.
- After Hurricane Irene caused flooding and damage in 2011, the campus has worked to incorporate watershed thinking into long-term planning and construction. Recently completed site renovations (such as the Mohonk Walk and the new Science Building) shift the boundaries of the Saw Mill Creek watershed by diverting the flow of rainwater from municipal systems to natural waterways.
- For every year since 2011, the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 311 Green Colleges” applauded New Paltz’s commitment to sustainability and green issues. Both Old Main and Crispell Hall are Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified, and four ongoing construction projects are also being targeted for LEED certification.