SUNY New Paltz’s Campus Sustainability History
In 2008, former SUNY New Paltz President Steven Poskanzer signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now called the Carbon Commitment. In 2010, the college established the sustainability committee to assist the campus with the coordination and fulfillment of the Carbon Commitment by helping to develop and implement an action plan for the college to become climate neutral.
The Sustainability Committee completed the Campus Sustainability Plan in the Fall of 2012. In December of 2012, SUNY New Paltz President Don Christian signed and submitted the college’s Campus Sustainability Plan to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
To facilitate the implementation of the campus sustainability plan, the College formed the Office of Campus Sustainability in May of 2013. The college hired Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten and Energy Management Coordinator Brian Pine. The Office is housed within Facilities Management and partners with students, faculty, and staff to achieve the campus’ sustainability goals.
Timeline of Notable Sustainability Achievements
February 2016 SUNY New Paltz approves Green Revolving Fund using opt-in student activity fees
February 2016 More hydration stations installed across campus
April 2015 Campus retail vendors discontinue use of plastic bags
April 2015 Office of Campus Sustainability launches sustainability meetup series
March 2015 SUNY New Paltz earns STARS Silver Rating
January 2015 Office of Campus Sustainability revamps landfill and recycling bin signage in residence halls
September 2014 Farm-to-SUNY team begins local fruit and vegetable awareness initiative
January 2014 SUNY New Paltz begins Energy Master Plan study
December 2012 Governor Cuomo issues Executive Order 88 directing state agencies to reduce their source energy use intensity by 20% by 2020. Chancellor raises the bar to 30%.
2010 College forms Sustainability Committee
2009 Campus Auxiliary Services launches food waste composting program
2008 President Steven Poskanzer signs American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)