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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.14
Liaison Sean Vormwald
Submission Date April 4, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Onondaga Community College
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sean Vormwald
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Furnace Brook Center Smart Home Laboratory

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Onondaga Community College has created a "smart home" laboratory at the College's Furnace Brook Center. The building features a solar array, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and sophisticated electricity monitoring and controls. The building is used as a laboratory for Electrical Technology students to learn about green technology. In addition to the sustainable features, the home features other smart home technology.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The Furnace Brook Center Smart Home Laboratory has resulted in enhanced learning opportunities for students including the addition of new courses, such as Introduction to Alternative Residential Energy Systems, and hands-on experience with smart home data analysis.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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