Fredonia's Sustainable University

“going green” in the recession April 19, 2010

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Shamel Davis

The recent events that have taken place with our economy have put us in a recession. As a college student my economic situation is already something I am struggling with. Now that the recession is factored into it I have found myself in a tight budget.  “Going green” is a phrase that has become a part of all of our lives. Almost everyone has something to say about the new movement. Even celebrities like Hayden Panettiere and brad Pitt have hopped on the bandwagon and tried to spread the urgency for everyone to go green.  In our current economic status it makes people think is going green worth going broke. As college students I would like to believe that we are all on the same page when I say we really do not have money to waste. So when it comes to the idea we are a little more skeptical as to what part we can play. But there many simple things we can do as students to be a part of the movement. My research has proven many wrong as to the way that they viewed going green. There are many ways that you can go green that are free and can save you money. I decided to make a facebook group page with tips and tricks on going green. I made a facebook page because I think that most college students spend a substantial amount of time on it. Therefore I would be able to reach a lot of people. I also made little business cards with a link to the page.

PROJECT:  facebook community project


Green tips for college students

simple steps for going green in college

the daily green


Emissions and your Home

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Philip Miller
I chose Emissions and your household as my topic for the Earth Week presentation because I wanted to show emission levels on smaller scale. Usually emissions are presented when referring to big businesses or corporations destroying the earth with their capitalistic agenda’s and over usage of fuels and chemicals that pollute the earth. We always fail to see how we take blame in any of the current problems with the environment and pollution. My project goes into depth on a number of different types of emissions and their harmful effects on the environment and our bodies. I also talk about the different emissions and energy sources used on a daily basis in different types of homes in the United States. It was the purpose of my presentation to inform the general public of the following consequences of our actions and what we can do at home to lower our carbon footprint.

Going Green: Campus Edition

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Colleen Fabritus

People always wonder, what can I, one individual do to help the environment? The truth is, the simplest, smallest actions have the greatest effect on the future of our planet. Sure you cannot go out and change our environment in one swift motion, but together in our community, even on our campus, simple steps such as recycling or shutting off your power when unused, will greatly benefit the environment as a whole. Simple things like recycling, carpooling, riding a bike or walking, as well as using less electricity or saving water, etc. Together, these steps with greatly impact the Earth for the better. So get involved, do your part. Remember, even the simplest actions can and will help the environment.

Project: Campus_Recycling Powerpoint


SUNY Fredonia Go Green Website

SUNY Fredonia Earth Week 2010

Hansen, Lexine T. “Recycling Attitudes and Behaviors on A College Campus: Use of Qualitative Methodology in A Mixed-Methods Study.” Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (2008).

Rapparot, Ann. “Campus Greening.” Current (2008).

Le Ber, Jeanne Marie & Gregory, Joan M. “Becoming green and sustainable: a Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library case study.” Journal of the Medical Library Association (2004).


LEED: Building a Green Campus

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Paul Shephard

I chose to do my Earth Week project on LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  I started off with a broader topic, but throughout my research I came across LEED several times.  I decided that I knew nothing about LEED and that I should do my project on it to not only inform everyone else about LEED but learn more about it myself.  It wasn’t until I was done with my project that I realized how important LEED is to creating a sustainable campus.  By setting a standard for Green Building, LEED encourages college campuses to build more sustainable facilities.  I chose to make a PowerPoint presentation for my project because I believe the PowerPoint format is the best way to get information across.  By combining visuals with content, a PowerPoint is a way for the public to learn about LEED and see some examples of LEED-certified buildings.  The most challenging aspect of my project was local research.  Finding information about SUNY Fredonia’s current LEED projects and future aspirations was tough.  Another challenge was finding up to date facts about LEED.  The LEED program is constantly growing and evolving, and I came across a lot of outdated information about LEED in my research.  In the end, I believe my project is a success and that everyone should learn about LEED.

Project: PowerPoint


Go Green with Fredonia

History of LEED

LEED Ranking System

Chicago City Hall

Leith Sharp Article

Green Report Card

University Commons

Child Care Center

Sustainability Comment


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Ellen Li

Paperless university

Go green initiative to reduce paper usage on campus

        As a student, I use lot of paper on a daily basis, taking class note, term papers, exam paper, handout for classes and the list goes on.  And by the end of every semester, I have tons of papers that are stored in boxes that consist of notes for school, personal stuff, receipts and bank statements, etc.  If there is one thing that I can do and should do to live more greenly is to reduce paper usage in school and in my personal life. The focus of the research is to find creative ways that student and faculty can do to reduce paper usage.

Fredonia‘s effort in going paperless

I started paying attention to what efforts are taking by the school to reduce paper usage, and I have found several things that school already is doing. If you have use the printer in the library, you have probably noticed that the print default is set to print on both sides. This single act has save 50% of the paper. Other things like set up paper recycle bin in the library to encourage student to recycle paper. School has also set up a magazine swap stand in William Center that allow student to share and exchange magazine. So instead of buy several subscription of magazine that you would like to read, you can subscribe to just one and exchange with other students for your other favorite magazines. Do you know that you could save money by bringing your own mug for coffee in all coffee shop on the campus? I have also notice that blackboard and angle site increased the efficiency of information sharing between student and teacher. Teacher no longer need to bring stack of notes to class, student are able to login to angle and access the information.  In addition, school has recently posted the course catalog online where student can access to easier and quickly. Library database also  allows student to access to journals, newspaper, and other literatures online and at home. While doing this research I found that having the ability to access to information online is an advantage that save time, energy, and which is more efficient way of searching for information and organizing the research data.

Why a paperless society is still not here?

When computer was invented about 30 years ago, experts predicted that paper would eventually disappear from our life, and eventually we will move toward a paperless society, however, it never happened. We are used to writing on a paper; hold on to a paper on hand just feels right to us.  Paper still exists in forms such as book, magazine, and newspaper. But there is a reduce of paper use in recent year according to the research, the phrases paperless society simply means that we are moving toward a society where we used the technology that is available and use less paper. A complete paperless society might be a myth I predicted. New technology such as portable net book-portable computer, kindle DX –reader, and ipad has transform the way that we access to information.

Why does it matter?

 According to the study by the energy information administration, a division of the U.S 

Department of Energy, the paper industry emits the fourth highest level of carbon

Dioxide among manufacturers, after the chemical, petroleum and coal products,

and primary metals industries.

Pick one

I wanted to found out if paper is really more environmental detrimental than an electronic device such as an eBook reader. According to the life cycle analysis of the printed book and an electronic reader, printed book generates much more carbon footprint than electronic devise such as the eBook reader. I realized that not everyone can afford a kindle eBook reader. But there are other little things that student and faculty can to make a difference. ….

Let’s start a trend …

I started research for things that student and faculty can do to reduce paper usage.

There are three basic ways to do it-recycle, reduce, and reuse paper. For example, student can take advantage of the pdf file function when doing a research.  Save the pdf file of the journals on a laptop, use the read it out loud function instead of print it out. To reduce paper and clutter in the office or in the dorm, take advantage of the scanner, scanner all important documents and recycles all the unneeded paper. The file on the computer is searchable and accessible, but remember to always back up your files on the computer.  I have listed other creative ways that student and faculty can do to reduce paper usage in the blog — link listed below. By generating practical action step that student and faculty can take , I wish they found it creative and would be interesting to apply those different ways of doing things that would reduce the usage of paper on campus, I believe that if all of us are doing something, together we can make a difference in the world. I have also included a little fun stories showing the transition from paper age to electronic age, and what our future are heading toward.

Is a future of paperless society a myth or reality, what do you think?

I invite you to join the weekly discussion in my blog or simply check it out


For more information:

Environmental Protection Agency

Forest Stewardship Council

Paper Recycle

Pushing Paper Out of the Door

Fewer Fliers Sent Home as Schools Put More on Web


Hybrid Cars: seperating fact from fiction

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Stephanie Gordner

When I was given the assignment of having a stability project for class two things popped into my head. First was how this effected me and other college students and then I thought of how I really didn’t know what was fact from fiction of what I was hearing from the news. The main thing that I looked into was the Green products that are available and how much money was saved if used. The number of green products was more then I could have imagined, so I focused my studies even more. I looked into an area that most college students have or will need in the future: Cars. I had heard of Smart Cars before the project but once I looked into them there was a lot more then I thought. I discovered that there are four different categories in the “smart” car category. You can view my findings on the hybrid cars in the power point linked below. The power point was something that can be viewed fast and easy so you can get the information you want but not waste a ton of time finding it.

Presentationgreen week presentation

Speech: panel speech


Going the extra mile written by: Rick Newman

A great moment for cleaner cars written by: Sharon Slike Carty

Smart Car History

Factory picture

Ferrante Motor Cars

hybrid picture

Diesel Engine

Engine Enchantments

Ethanol Cars


Everyday Reusable Items

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Purdue Universities Sustainability Pack

Greg Rood

As a student at Fredonia I can understand the difficulties in trying to become more sustainable.  Everyday students are bombarded with the “Go Green Initiative” but most of the information being thrown at us we either already knew, or don’t have the time to commit to be able to pull off the feats they are calling for.  This is how I arrived at my project.  I wanted to research an easy way that we can all be more sustainable without having to change our lifestyle too much.  That is where reusable items comes into play.  When doing research, beyond figuring out how we can get rid of disposable items in our day to day activities, I wanted to see if I could find a campus that has thought this through.  In doing so I found that Purdue University has a sustainability pack (above image) that includes many reusable items that I have in my pamphlet.  I choose to do the pamphlet because students have so much to worry about nowadays with everything they are doing (e.g. grades, friends, extracurricular’s) that sitting down and devoting 30 minutes to reading literature on sustainability doesn’t seem to plausible.  So utilizing brief  facts and shiny colors I put together an informative pamphlet that is an easy read and has many easy to follow instructions.  Also I felt as though mass distributing pieces of paper promoting sustainability seemed a bit self defeating so I plan on attaching this pamphlet in an email and having all the Residency Directors on campus email it out to their residence.  I believe this to be a sufficient step forward to greater sustainability.

Project: Reusable Items Pamphlet

Resources used:

  1. Recycling Guide
  2. Reusable Items vs. Disposable
  3. Landfills
  4. Purdue Universtiy