Stony Brook University is hosting this year’s SUNY Sustainability Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on campus, October 4 through October 6. The conference provides an opportunity for sustainability-minded staff, faculty and students to identify areas in which they can work together, learn from each other’s experiences and flex the power of SUNY.
The conference is open to the public; click here for registration rates and to register. A student rate is available to any university or college students who show a current/valid student ID when registering at the conference.
Some of the session highlights include:
- NY Energy Manager and Build Smart NY / NYS Executive Order 88 Session
- AASHE STARS and STARS Light Forum
- Farm to SUNY Panel
- Divestment In Higher Education
- Innovative Recycling and Resource Management Solutions
- You Built The LEED Building, So Now How Do You Operate It?
- Building More Resilient and Sustainable Host Communities
- NYS REV Campus Challenge
- Gender and Environmental Justice Roundtable
- Forward Thinking Buildings
Stony Brook’s comprehensive sustainability studies program includes bachelor’s degrees in everything from coastal environmental studies to environmental humanities. The University is home to a variety of buildings with green features, including the Advanced Energy Center, Frey Hall, Marine Sciences Research Center, Nobel Halls, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Student Recreation Center, Southampton Library and West Side Dining. Stony Brook utilizes a variety of solar and energy-efficient solutions, including solar-powered shelter lighting, solar pay stations and LED lighting. The SBU Transit bus fleet has been operating on biodiesel since 2005 and includes multiple electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition to transit, the University offers an automated bike-share system that allows the community to access bicycles at various solar-powered stations on campus. In 2006 Stony Brook invested in facility infrastructure improvements that continue to reduce energy costs in excess of $4 million annually. The University has gone paperless in many departments, and various recycling initiatives engage students, faculty, and staff and generates more than 50 tons of recycled materials annually.