2011 to Now: Office of Sustainability
Stony Brook University formed the Office of Sustainability in December 2011 and information about the Office and its' Mission can be found here.
2006 to 2011: Environmental Stewardship Office
Stony Brook University formed the Environmental Stewardship Office in order to promote and implement University energy conservation, carbon footprint reduction, decreasing operational expenses, recycling and alternative forms of energy. Under the direction of Environmental Stewardship, the University instituted a number of initiatives which served to quantify and lower the University’s impact on the environment. Major sustainability initiatives instituted by Environmental Stewardship include:
- Completion of the University's 2008 & 2010 Greenhouse Gas Reports
- Completion of the University's 2010 Climate Action Plan
- Comprehensive Recycling Program
- Photovoltaic Power at Research & Support Services Building
- Food Waste Composter at Roth Cafè
- Energy Performance Contract
- LEED New Building Certifications
- Building Level Metering
- Replacement Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems
1987 to Now: Recycling & Resource Management
Stony Brook University began its recycling program in 1987 in response to the Solid Waste Management Act of 1988, which attempted to reduce the amount of waste produced by Long Island. The Act had a 50% overall reduction rate as a target and recycling was the major vehicle for this change. The University first launched a recycling program that was focused on collecting paper and cardboard, however as the University evolved, the type of materials included in recycling grew to include bottles and cans, plastic types #1-7, woody debris and yard waste, scrap metal, clothing, motor oil, lead-acid batteries, fluorescent bulbs and printer/toner and ink cartridges.
Under the Division of Facilities & Services, the identity of the Department was expanded to encompass things in addition to waste and recycling - specifically energy, water, green buildings and buying recycled products. New York State enacted Executive Orders (142 & 111) which expanded the expectation put upon State Institutions to make their agencies more environmentally friendly. The Office of Sustainability / Recycling & Resource Management is responsible for providing quality service with its recycling operations as well as performing community education and outreach.
In addition to recycling, the Office of Sustainability / Recycling & Resource Management also monitors and oversees the services provided for University waste removal. Utilizing a vehicle scale located down at the South P Lot, the Office monitors the weight of waste, recycling rates and all infrastructure required for such operations. As of 2013, there are approximately 100+ front-end dumpsters, 10 cardboard compactors and a variable number of roll-off containers that exist on campus at any point and time.