|Liaison||Mary Ellen Mallia|
|Submission Date||Jan. 15, 2016|
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
The Fall Energy Campaign is a competition between the dormitories and apartments on campus and the academic buildings and offices to see who can reduce the most amount of electricity compared to a historical baseline. As part of this campaign, students are provided with CFL light bulbs to replace existing incandescent bulbs and a portion of the monetary savings from energy conservation is returned to the dorms. The faculty and staff are also tested to see who can save the most energy in their offices/buildings. Students walk through buildings and classrooms on "Power Down Fridays" to turn off lights, computers, etc and leave "Energy Tickets" to let the faculty and staff know that they did not power down before they left for the weekend.
Students learn how to practice sustainable methods in the dorm room. The competitive edge allows them to be more conscious of their actions, and to inspire and educate other peers of how to live in a sustainable manner. This program also teaches faculty and staff to be more aware of their actions and influence others to live in a sustainably. As a result of the Fall 2013 Energy Campaign, the campus saw a 15% reduction in electricity usage in the living area, 4% in the academic buildings and an 8% campus total.
RecycleMania is a nation-wide, friendly competition between colleges and universities to promote waste reduction activities in the campus community. The goal of this program is to motivate students, faculty and staff to increase recycling efforts and reduce waste generation, and generate support for campus recycling programs.
Students receive a hands-on approach to recycling efforts and waste reduction practices. Each week is dedicated to a specific recyclable material and students are educated with the tools on how to recycle various materials. In the Spring 2014 competition, the campus saw a recycling rate of 15.7%.
Trashion Fashion - In April 2014, University at Albany hosted its first annual Trashion Fashion show, featuring diverse array of student organizations, residential life, quads, and campus offices. The challenge is to create a wearable work of art using recyclable or reusable materials. This program brings attention to environmental sustainability. The second annual Trashion Fashion Show was held in spring 2015, and the third is planned for April 7, 2016. http://www.albany.edu/gogreen/7.trashion_fashion.shtml
Clothing Exchange - Each year, on Earth and Wellness Day (on or around Earth Day), the Office of Environmental Sustainability hosts a clothing exchange for students, faculty and staff. The office collects like-new used clothing items each spring in the dorms, quad offices, campus center, and various academic offices and buildings. The campus community is given the chance to browse for like-new clothes for free, and learn the positive impacts of donating and recycling/reusing clothes!
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