Our Campus Operations

We promote and celebrate best practices for campus operations. These efforts conserve energy and reduce carbon and waste.  

See more details on our map and in the list below. 


Buildings

  • 2007 Master Plan calls to "embrace sustainability"
  • Juniper, Butler, and Valcour Halls achieved LEED Gold status and use geothermal heating/cooling systems
  • Perry Hall is a LEED Platinum building and uses a geothermal heating/cooling system
  • Aiken Hall is a LEED Gold Certified building (see Aiken factsheet)
  • CCM earned 3 Green Globes and uses 47% less energy than the national average for a building of its type
  • 194 St. Paul Street earned 2 Green Globes and has a 119.3KW DC solar array
  • The green roofs at IDX Center and Perry Hall, which ease storm water runoff, keep the buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
  • Building rehab and renovations, including sealing building envelopes, upgrading windows, using Energy efficient HVAC systems, and adding other features which have produced average energy savings around 50% - including Bader Hall (2012) and Whiting Hall (2014)
  • Partnership with ReSource to donate old usable furniture and salvage building materials when we renovate

Cooling

  • Ice storage tank that builds ice for cooling on off-peak rates
  • Elimination of ethylene glycol in cooling systems
  • Night purge of academic buildings for reduced nighttime cooling

Dining Services

See more information here

Grounds

  • Lawn and garden debris is composted
  • All woody wastes go to the McNeil electricity generating plant for fuel
  • Storm water retention system at Perry Hall, which achieved BLUE Certification in May 2018 for being a watershed friendly building
  • Community Garden
  • College Apiary

Heating & Electrical

  • Digital carbon monoxide monitor sensors for residential life student safety
  • Automated classroom controls for class scheduling
  • Digital control scheduling for administrative offices
  • Holiday mode controls for administrative buildings
  • CO2 sensors in large spaces for temperature controls
  • Variable frequency drives on large mechanical systems for electrical savings
  • Residential Life policy about unplugging appliances during break times
  • Increased use of motion sensor lighting and LED lights

Purchasing

  • Purchase produce through Black River Produce
  • Fair Trade coffee, tea, and bananas available in Dining Hall and EATS dining areas
  • Fresh Vending machines (Library, Ireland, and Lakeside)
  • Encourage purchase of 30-100% recycled-content office paper
  • Green Seal cleaning products used across campus
  • Recycled-content can liners used for trash and recycling bins
  • LEED certified furniture in new buildings
  • Purchase EPEAT Bronze or higher computers and monitors. See IS Statement of Practice
  • Restriction of sale and use of plain, bottled water
  • Recycled content toilet paper and paper towels used throughout campus, as part of the Power of Three program. See the video below to learn more

    PromoVideo-P3 from Power of Three on Vimeo.

Renewable Energy / Co-Generation

  • Co-generation plant at 4 Cedar Lane (Carriage House) to produce electricity while heating the building
  • Geothermal heating and cooling in the following buildings: Perry, Butler, Valcour, Juniper, Bader, Whiting, and CCM. Listed as an example in the NWF Guide, Going Underground on Campus
  • 40,000-watt solar array installed on the Miller Center at Lakeside roof in 2011 (see factsheet)
  • 119,000-watt solar array installed on 194 St. Paul Street apartments in 2018 (see factsheet)

Transportation

See more information here

Water

  • Installation of low-flow shower heads in all residence halls
  • Modulation of boiler water temperatures
  • Regulate hot water discharge with hot water mixing valves
  • Replaced all campus washing machines with high efficiency models. See Laundry View for more information
  • Water bottle refill stations in many buildings across campus. See the Campus Sustainability Features Map for specific locations

Waste Reduction & Diversion

Partnerships

Contact Us

Want to know more about how we're making campus operations more sustainable? We'd love to hear from you: 

Jon Barzensky,
Dining Services General Manager

Christina Erickson,
Director for Service & Sustainability Learning

Nic Anderson,
Sustainable Transportation Associate Director