Binghamton staff members are working to increase sustainability efforts at all our facilities.
Construction and renovation
- The University earned its first LEED Certification in 2008 for the construction of Mountainview Community's Windham and Cascade halls based on the buildings' energy-efficient design, construction and operation.
- All new construction or major renovation projects are now built to LEED Silver standards or beyond. For example:
- Engineering and Science Building — LEED Platinum (learn more)
- Newing College's Broome and Delaware halls — LEED Gold
- Newing College's Bingham Hall and Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center — LEED Silver
- University Downtown Center — LEED Silver
- In 2013, the University was awarded a High Performance Energy Efficiency award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for the construction of the Engineering and Science Building. This facility uses geothermal heating and cooling, natural lighting, passive solar energy, and the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control.
- Since 1984, the University has been monitoring energy use and building operations with a sophisticated, 100,000-point Energy Management System.
- The EMS allows control and programming of each building's mechanical, lighting and other systems in accordance with how that building is being used/occupied. When a building isn't in use, systems are curtailed to conserve energy.
- Building temperatures are closely monitored; they're kept at 70˚ during the heating season, while air-conditioned buildings are maintained at 74˚ during the cooling season.
- Free cooling, the practice of using outside air to cool buildings, has been implemented on campus wherever possible.
Residential communities and colleges
- Following reconstruction, Newing College re-opened in 2011 with a focus on green living.
- Dickinson Community adopted sustainability as its signature theme, offering an educational program that explores the balance between economic development, social equity and environmental management.
- During the reconstruction of our Dickinson Community and Newing College residential halls as well as the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center that serves both facilities, the University installed:
- Hallway lighting with dual-timers that reduce power by 50% at night
- Motion-sensitive lighting in rooms
- Bottle-filling water fountains to reduce water waste
- Dual-flush toilets to reduce water waste