Current QCC Sustainability Efforts
Queensborough Community College is already engaged in a number of Sustainability programs and activities, both on-campus and in partnership with external agencies. The following is a short list of initiatives, both current and under consideration, aligned with the work of each Activity Group:
Energy Efficiency and Operations:
- Participate in power reduction (voluntary "brown-outs") during peak load in the summe; electronic ballast light project (motion / infrared detectors in over 95% of the campus facilities); and the use of high-efficiency motors for all HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) equipment -- all done in partnership with the New York Power Authority.
- Participate in tree-planting initiatives on campus in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks .
- Maintain an on-campus greenhouse on top of the Medical Arts Building; considering an area on the campus grounds to be used for the purpose of composting.
- Use of e-SIMS and electronic class schedules (reducing paper), wall clocks (110 volts rather than batteries), and network printers and fax-over-pc (reducing the number of stand-alone machines requiring additional ink, toner and paper).
- Use of automatic shut-down software for all campus computers, migration to flat-screen monitors for computer work-stations, and an upgrade to the cooling systems for Information Technology.
- Campus BMS system, located in the boiler room, automatically shuts off equipment and moderates heating loads according to weather temperatures (which saves natural gas, oil and electricity).
Waste and Recycling:
- Maintain a vendor contract for recycling bottles and cans.
- Contract with a private vendor (Royal Recycling Solutions) for purchase and distribution of new recycling containers across the campus.
- Conversion to printing double-sided copies (Print Shop and copier settings).
- Purchase of a WVO Delux Filtration Unit which will recycle waste vegetable oil into usable fuel to provide power for vehicles and heating apparatus.
- Compliance with computer and equipment disposal.
- Use of trash compacting, in partnership with the NYC Department of Sanitation; bulk material recycling through Buildings and Grounds.
- Replacement of paper towel dispensers with air hand-dryers in some bathrooms.
- Reduce paper consumption through the use of digital signage monitors to facilitate campus communications; posting the Communiqué (campus newspaper) online; migrating to use of E-rosters and E-attendance application.
- Purchase recycled copy paper for printers, and "green" products for housekeeping utilization.
CUNY Fleet and Transportation:
Professional Development and Training:
- Hosting "Dig In" Day on May 1st, 2009 -- an effort recruiting 100+ volunteers from the QCC community to plant 300 indigenous trees and shrubs on campus, in the area surrounding the tennis courts and track, restoring the land to its natural state.
- Participation in "green" service learning opportunities.
- Participation in contests to develop ideas for "greening" the campus.
- Involvement in pilot and grant-sponsored Sustainability projects (including a solar panel project with ET/CT Department).