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The Student Accounts Office, in line with the University’s environmental stewardship program, will discontinue paper billing following the Fall 2009 semester. This represents our office’s effort to protect, conserve, and improve our environment.

The GreenBill program launched on a voluntary enrollment basis in August of 2008, and has since made a dramatic impact on the number of paper bills mailed over the course of the year long pilot (Detailed mailing statistics).

Stony Brook University's GreenBill program was piloted with the help of almost 7,000 students who voluntarily opted out of receiving paper bills. Throughout the duration of the pilot, we received a wealth of feedback from student' enrolled offering suggestions and recommendations to improve the program in anticipation for a University-wide deployment. The Student Accounts Office graciously thanks our participants for their voluntary enrollment and valuable feedback. Many of their suggestions have and will shape the program as it continues into the coming terms.

The pilot program will continue through the Fall 2009 term, and we enthusiastically welcome your participation.

Benefits of "Going Green."

Stony Brook University has made the decision to discontinue paper billing in the face of the environmental consequences, and as a response to the success of the University’s SOLAR (Student On-Line Access to Records) system.

During the 2008-2009 school year, we printed and mailed approximately 70,000 pages of paper bills to students. While this is a drastic decrease from the over 80,000 pages of paper bills we printed during the 2007-2008 school year (prior to the Operation GreenBill pilot program), this still works out to an average of about 7,000 pages of paper used each month (Detailed mailing statistics). Even if these items are recycled (which we hope!), the recycling process still involves the use of energy, water, and many other resources.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the GreenBill program allows for more accurate and timely bills, and alleviates risks associated with paper mailings, such as identity theft, loss of mail, and changes of address.

Have questions, or want additional information?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for the answers to many common questions regarding the GreenBill program. If you have a specific question not covered in the FAQ, it can be directed to GreenBill@notes.cc.sunysb.edu.

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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