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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

March 2016           The Office of Campus Sustainability completes Energy Master Plan

February 2016       SUNY New Paltz approves Green Revolving Fund using opt-in student activity fees

February 2016       More hydration stations installed across campus

May 2015              SUNY New Paltz increases Move Out Week diversion rate by 150% with revamped Reuse2Reduce program

April 2015             Institute for Disaster Mental Health hosts “Preparing for the Health and Mental Health Consequences of Climate” conference

April 2015             CRREO hosts “The Future of the Wallkill” event

April 2015             Campus retail vendors discontinue use of plastic bags

April 2015             Office of Campus Sustainability launches sustainability meetup series

April 2015             Biology faculty and students complete campus tree inventory and interactive tree map

April 2015             Shango/College Hall win seventh annual Recyclemania competition

April 2015             Facilities Management installs new solar panels next to Resnick Engineering Building

March 2015           SUNY New Paltz earns STARS Silver Rating

January 2015         Office of Campus Sustainability revamps landfill and recycling bin signage in residence halls

December 2014      CAS Board unanimously agrees to discontinue the sale of bottled water

November 2014       SUNY New Paltz activates 6 electric vehicle charging spots

November 2014      Students and faculty complete green infrastructure research and documentary

October 2014         SUNY New Paltz hosts Hudson Valley Farm to Institution Conference

October 2014         College celebrates Food Day with “Campus [Apple] Crunch”

September 2014     Farm-to-SUNY team begins local fruit and vegetable awareness initiative

January 2014         SUNY New Paltz begins Energy Master Plan study

May 2013               SUNY New Paltz forms Office of Campus Sustainability

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%.

December 2012      SUNY New Paltz submits Campus Sustainability Plan to ACUPCC

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)