Sustainability at Binghamton University
Because it requires knowledge from every field, sustainability at Binghamton University isn't based in a single department. Instead, it spans the University to unite creative thinkers from across campus and throughout our community.
In September 2007, Binghamton University became a leading signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The commitment calls for colleges and universities to exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and by providing both the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality. By joining this initiative, Binghamton University has committed to eliminate, over time, the greenhouse gas emissions from its campus.
In 2009, Binghamton published its Climate Action Plan (2.2mb .pdf), a road map for achieving zero-carbon emissions on campus by 2050.
- In 2014, Binghamton University broke ground for the construction of a $70 million, 114,000 square-foot smart energy research and development facility at the Innovative Technologies Complex. This building will serve as a home for research in clean-energy production, utilization and efficiencies.
- In 2013, Binghamton identified five transdisciplinary areas of excellence (TAEs), areas of focus for research and scholarship in which the University has significant existing strength and can achieve international prominence. Two TAEs relate to sustainability:
- In 2011, the Newing College residential community re-opened with a commitment to green living.
- In 2010, the University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science added a minor in sustainability engineering to our undergraduate degree offerings.
- In 2009, Binghamton joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.