Community Garden

Sustainable Sullivan

“Sustainable Sullivan"

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do at SUNY Sullivan. Our commitment to environmental and social responsibility informs everything from our campus operations to our curriculum.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
Geothermal heating and cooling system

We have been incorporating sustainable practices into our campus operations for many years now. In 2002, we installed a geothermal system to heat and cool our buildings. More recently, we installed a 3 kW photovoltaic array and 2.5 kW wind turbine that are both feeding the grid. We have added low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water, retrofitted our lighting and building automation systems to improve our energy efficiency, and installed exterior solar lighting to brighten a walking path leading to our baseball and soccer fields. We even started an organic community garden and constructed a straw bale garden shed—projects initiative by our Honors Program and Green Building Maintenance and Management students, respectively. Some of the food grown in our garden is used by dining services, further advancing Chartwells’ many sustainability initiatives. We are currently conducting a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, implementing strategies for waste reduction, and working on updating our purchasing policies to better reflect our commitment to sustainability.

These and other efforts help reduce our energy costs, make our facilities more efficient, and minimize our impact on the environment. However, our commitment to sustainability doesn’t end there.

Green education

SUNY Sullivan is quickly becoming a leader in sustainability education. Our Green Building Maintenance and Management, and Wind Turbine Technology associate’s degree programs are laying the foundation for a new “green collar” workforce. Our Environmental Studies program offers a science-based approach to tackling today’s complex ecological issues. We are also committed to infusing sustainability throughout our curricula and are currently offering more than 60 courses, spanning every division on campus, that are sustainability-related or sustainability-focused. We even have non-credit workshops and courses to expand your personal or professional sustainability-related skills.

With an eye to the future, the hub of green thinking at SUNY Sullivan will be our new Center for Advanced Sciences and Technology (CAST) building.  Planned for the edge of campus next to the proposed Green Technology Commercial Park, this building will serve as home for all of our renewable energy and science-based academic offerings.  In addition, it will incorporate the latest in green design principles, making it a national showpiece that teaches its occupants about sustainability in more ways than one.

Adjacent to the CAST building will be the planned Green Technology Commercial Park, a series of shovel-ready sites for light manufacturers and distributors of green technology products. This unique endeavor will link higher education with business and government, providing our students with internship opportunities as well as encouraging economic growth and development in the region.

You, too, can be part of a more sustainable future at SUNY Sullivan. For more information, contact our Director of Sustainability Projects and Initiatives at 845-434-5750 x4455, or check out some of the environmentally forward organizations that we’re involved with.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment

Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities
The Catskill Institute for the Environment
Sullivan Renaissance