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Stony Brook University is Recycling Used Ceiling Tiles!

August 18, 2008

Stony Brook University has partnered with the Armstrong ceiling tile recycling program to recycle old ceiling tiles, and in turn, we are purchasing the Armstrong Armatuff Number 861 product which consists of 51% post-industrial recycled content. The initiative has recently begun with the participation from Campus Operations and Maintenance. Old ceiling tiles are being replaced with new in buildings such as Life Science and Old Engineering. The used ceiling tiles are then stacked on skids and stockpiled until enough of a supply is generated to be shipped to the Armstrong recycling and re-manufacturing plant located in Pennsylvania.

Some of the environmental benefits of this initiative include: material is kept out of landfills, natural resources are preserved, and finally, there is less of a need for materials. All in all, through this partnership, we have been able to reduce the University’s environmental footprint as well as the footprint that Armstrong generates through the manufacturing of new ceiling tiles.

According to Armstrong, diverting one ton of material translates to the savings of the following:

  • 980 kg CO2 equivalents of greenhouse gas emitted
  • 10 tons of virgin raw materials, which saves 1,000 gallons of potable water
  • 2,800 KWh electricity.

To date the university has diverted from landfill approximately 7.56 tons of used ceiling tiles. This initiative is expected to continue into the fall semester.

Picture of the used Ceiling Tiles Another Picture of the used Ceiling Tiles
Picture of the used Ceiling Tiles being loaded onto a truck Picture of the used Ceiling Tiles being removed
Picture of the used Ceiling Tiles being packed for transport

Other news

Date Title
04/20/10 Environmental Stewardship and Climate Action Plan Update Presentation (in Adobe PDF format)
02/01/10 University GreenBill Program
07/03/09 Campus Construction Update
10/06/08 Campus Dining Services Goes Green
10/03/08 Farmer's Market
08/18/08 Stony Brook University is Recycling Used Ceiling Tiles!
05/19/08 Earthstock 2008
09/14/07 Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny Signs Climate Commitment
06/18/07 Water Conservation Pilot Program Implemented
04/27/07 Environmental Stewardship Helps Celebrate Earthstock
02/21/07 Stony Brook Installs Solar Powered Lighting at SAC Bus Shelter
12/04/06 SB Takes Measures to Become an Energy Efficient Campus
11/01/06 Energy Conservation Measures at the Administration Garage
08/15/06 SB Called Upon To Participate In Statewide Electric Emergency Plan

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