The campus has committed to reducing energy use, not only to reduce costs, but to meet the goals set for carbon reduction in our Climate Action Plan.
SUNY Cortland became 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.
On SUNY Cortland's first celebrated National Arbor Day, April 26, 2013, President
Erik J. Bitterbaum proclaimed a "lofty elm" as the President's Tree.
The College will acknowledge Arbor Day as a way to recognize the importance of campus trees in fostering a healthy and sustainable environment.
View the Campus Trees site.
Glass Tower Hall is an excellent example of LEED construction. Opened in August of 2005, this residential building design demonstrates that the commitment the campus is making towards sustainability has been underway for quite some time.
The Professional Studies Building is another example of forward thinking in the area of sustainability, energy efficiency and renewables. This building is heated and cooled by a Geothermal Water Source Heat Pump System. A series of 40 wells, 400 feet underground on the building's west side, are used for pumping heat to or from the ground. In the winter, it uses the earth as a heat source, while in the summer, it becomes a heat sink. The design takes advantage of the relatively stable temperature of the Earth's crust throughout the year to boost efficiency and reduce electric and natural gas consumption. This source of heating and cooling is a form of renewable energy; it has avoided about 650 tons of carbon emissions since it was commissioned in April of 2011.
Many of the existing buildings on campus have also been retrofitted with new highly efficient HVAC systems, energy efficient windows and re-insulated to today's modern standards.
Each building on campus is controlled by an Energy Management System (EMS). These systems control and monitor the building's mechanical equipment such as HVAC systems. They also monitor electrical equipment such as indoor and outdoor lighting. These sophisticated systems maintain the proper temperatures, air quality and lighting levels in the most energy efficient manner possible and provide the tools for energy use monitoring and analysis.