This fall, SUNY Cortland will become the first institution in the 64-campus SUNY system to operate all of its facilities – classrooms, residence halls, dining areas, sports facilities … everything – using 100 percent renewable electrical energy.
The “No Mow Zone” is an acre of turf grass surrounding the SUNY Cortland Service Group complex is not being trimmed to save energy, reduce fuel emissions and encourage natural habitats.
The College decided to replace most of its aging campus buses with propane-fueled vehicles last year as part of its Climate Action Plan, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions dramatically in the near term and becoming completely carbon-neutral by 2050.
SUNY Cortland recently received a Silver rating in Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System (STARS) from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
A team of 16 individuals are hired as "Green Reps" each semester to educate the campus in all facets of sustainability.