Campus Operations

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 


See more information here


  • 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


Contact Us

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

Nic Anderson,
Sr. Director of Operations & Campus Planning

Eliana Fox
Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

Holly Francis,
Sustainability Coordinator

Tim Van Woert
Director of Facilities