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Sustainability Efforts

The Department of Facilities Operations for the SAC & SBU is committed to the sustainability goals of the University. Working in partnership with the Stony Brook Environmental Club and the Department of Environmental Stewardship, our team seeks to engender the commitment of all building patrons, event organizers, and tenants to help minimize our global impact.

We are proud to say that our efforts over the past three years have already begun to show a trend in the right direction. Since July 2005 the SAC has reduced its electrical draw by 20,000 kilowats per hour. Such an accomplishment is only possible through the support and cooperation of our entire community. While we are very proud of this accomplishment - we've only just begun. Please join us by helping our buildings, as well as the greater campus community, prove that a true Seawolf fan is Red Hot with a tinge of Green!

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Sustainability in Action

The Stony Brook Environmental Club challenged the campus to embolden its commitment to Sustainability by questioning some practices that had become so routine that few people stopped to consider the environmental impact. To that end, we are proud to announce:

  • All desk workspaces in the Student Activities Center and Stony Brook Union have convenient access to a garbage pail and blue paper recycling bin right at their desk. Bottle and Can recycling containers are located on each floor of our facilities and within close proximity of clustered work spaces.
  • Facilities Managers routinely remind tenants via meetings, e-mail distribution lists, and person contact about the importance of completely powering down workstations each night.
  • All third floor meeting rooms in the SAC are equipped with motion sensors to ensure that once rooms are empty the lights will turnoff even if the last person to leave forgot to hit the switch.
  • The SAC Lobby was recently upgraded with CFL bulbs thus minimizing the electrical draw needed to light one of the grandest lobbies on campus.
  • All offices of the Dean of Students have access to centralize duplex machines in both the Stony Brook Union and Student Activities Center. Further, each of these special machines now print double-sided by default.
  • A paper recycling campaign has been launched to reduce office paper consumption by 10% over the course of the 2008-2009 academic year. We may not be able to survive without printer cover sheets, but we can certainly breathe new life into the cover sheets once they've been used!
  • The Office of the Dean of Students has discontinued water bottle service for all offices. Instead, staff members are now encouraged to use the municipal filtered water supplies available from water fountains throughout each building.
  • The Division of Student Life and Office of Facilities Reservations will be working closely with event organizers to suggest alternative refreshment ideas in lieu of bottled water.

The Department of Facilities Operations is pleased to partner with the Earthstock planning committee each year. Truly one of the driving forces behind our campus creating a culture of sustainability, Earthstock is a university tradition which not only sees loyal seawolves growling at wanton waste, but also educates the local communities on ways in which we can all live in an eco-friendly community.

How can you help?

We're delighted you asked! Every watt counts! Here are a few easy ways to make a BIG contribution to our planet:

  • Power down your work station each night. Sure, you diligently shut down your computer, but how about that monitor which goes into standby mode? Or how about those computer speakers that are always on-the-ready for you? Powering down the entire workstation each night can save a lot of wasted CO2 pounds each year:

Equipment/ Item


Watts wasted per year (Wh)

$$ WASTED per year at $0.19/kWh

Approximate lbs. CO2 per year

Electric hole punch





Coffee maker w/ Timer





Electric stapler










Portable radio





Computer Speakers





Adding machine





Office cell phone charger





  • Recycle your scrap paper. You can either reuse it, or have Kinkos turn scratch paper into bound scratch pads at a nominal cost. Either way, the forests of our planet would truly appreciate it if each piece of paper could feel the love on both sides.
  • Plan events with recycling in mind. Paper products, plastic products, glass products, all have their own special home on campus. Facilities Managers would be happy to help make additional containers available should you need them.
  • Who needs bottled water at events when water coolers work just as well?
  • Avail yourself of reusable bags. Reusable bags typically cost less than one dollar and help prevent wasteful plastic from littering our campus and finding their way to landfills.
  • Agree to a policy of turning off lights in common areas - kitchen, rest room, meeting rooms, copy room. Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off lights in our offices and purchase a desk lamp instead with a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL)
  • Make your desk paperless, or paper light. Don't print e-mails, meeting reminders, daily calendars, etc.
  • Be more eco-efficient. Use a mug or glass instead of styrofoam or paper cups.
  • Choose energy efficient office machines to save on costs and carbon emissions. They also produce less heat, reducing emissions from air conditioning.
  • Send memos and documents electronically.
  • Purchase chemical products that are environmentally friendly.
  • Keep shades closed when the air conditioner is on. Sunny windows account for 40 percent of unwanted heat and can make your air conditioner work two to three times harder.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your office and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.


The Offices of Facilities Operations for the SAC & SBU and Division of Student Life are grateful for the collaboration and assistance of the following organizations: