News: The Grass is Greener with New Electric Equipment In an effort to advance its sustainability goals, Purchase has purchased new all-electric lawn maintenance equipment. Purchase is a Top Green College According to the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition, a unique resource for students interested in attending colleges with strong commitments to the environment and sustainability. Creating Space for the Birds: Nest Boxes Have you noticed the new bird nest boxes around campus? The Environmental Studies department is using these boxes to monitor and conserve bird species in our area. Purchase Ranked for Environmental Responsibility Purchase College achieved a 92 out of 99 green rating in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition. Purchase Wins Energy Award Purchase College is being recognized for our “Outstanding Achievement in Energy” at the 10th Annual Green Business Partnership Awards. Environmental Benefits of Telecommuting The Sustainability Advisory and Outreach Committee (SAOC) gathered members’ transportation data to show the positive environmental impact from telecommuting due to COVID Plastic Bag Ban On March 1, 2020, a new bag waste reduction law took effect in New York State, including campus where hundreds of thousands of bags are used each year! Purchase Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements Purchase College submitted its first STARS Report this year that received a Silver Rating, joining other member institutions with robust sustainability programs. Sustainability Advisory and Outreach Committee (SAOC) Elevated to Senate The SAOC, formerly Sustainability Committee, has been officially elevated to a Senate Committee to be more integrated into College Governance as of September 2019 The FIVE R’s to Zero Waste We are used to learning about the Three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) but with the global waste crisis, we need to do more! Green Commuting Options Did you know transportation accounts for 35% of New York’s carbon footprint? Green commuting is an impactful action! Purchase Joins Renewable Energy Consortium Purchase College joins 19 New York colleges and universities to purchase large-scale aggregated renewable energy. Visual Arts Course Decreases Carbon Footprint Faculty member, Esteban Cabeza de Baca, and his students planted several trees on campus as a way to engage in sustainability. Green Infrastructure Project Completed A bioswale was installed at the West 1 Parking Lot to improve local and regional water quality. Purchase College Native Flower Garden is Open Students, faculty, and staff worked together to design, build, and plant a native flower garden on the Purchase College campus. Energy Saving LED Project Completed An LED Lighting project was completed at Purchase resulting in major energy and cost savings.