Taking Action! New Environmental Stewardship at the C.W. Post Campus
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
The C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y. implemented a number of environmental initiatives during the Spring 2008 semester. Through student, faculty and staff teamwork, the following initiatives demonstrate C.W. Post’s commitment toward environmental responsibility:
Going Green by going tray less. By doing away with the trays in the campus dining hall, Winnick Student Center, every Thursday, there is a significant reduction in post-consumer waste. There are other environmental benefits as well. Without trays to wash and sanitize, chemical and water use is reduced.
Reusable bags and mugs are available for purchase in the dining areas on campus.
The Recycling Program has expanded to four residence hall buildings and 189 recycling bins have been placed throughout the Campus. Mixed paper, plastics and aluminum are being recycled.
- A Recycling Program Coordinator was hired to oversee the programs in the residence halls. In addition, Four Environmental Assistants monitor the recycling bins and prepare their contents for transfer to the appropriate recycling agency.
Environmental Assistants have been designed to create environmental educational programs in the residence halls.
- The Adopt-a-Building program was implemented to raise awareness and promote environmental consciousness throughout the Campus.
- The Facilities Services Department is testing an electric vehicle for use by maintenance workers in the campus fleet. The car is manufactured by Miles Electric Vehicles of Santa Monica, Calif., whose cars and trucks also are used in the fleets of Stanford and Yale universities, Queens College, UC Irvine, UC Davis and UCLA, as well as NASA, the U.S. Navy, the National Park Service, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
The C.W. Post Campus recognizes that achieving environmental sustainability will be an ongoing challenge that evolves, as we become more aware and educated as a community. Through behavioral change, renewable energy, staff training, waste reduction, ongoing environmental education and recycling, the C.W. Post Campus community is taking steps to protect the environment for future generations.
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