Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability’

SUNY Canton Students Make Alumni House Greener

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems students have made hot water cheaper and greener at the College’s Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

A class of solar utilization students installed two rooftop heat collectors to learn about solar thermal systems and to benefit the home.


“This is a great example of the innovative ways our faculty implement our signature hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These students’ efforts embody our mission to remain dedicated to sustainability and environmental conservation.”

Students were involved in the process from start to finish, gaining experience in discussing the benefits of renewable energy, technical training in determining material needs, costs, scheduling and layout. They made two presentations to the College Foundation and facilities personnel to garner support for the project.

The students then installed the two solar collectors on the roof of the house and made plumbing connections to the existing hot water system. The roof-mounted collectors utilize solar energy to warm antifreeze, which in turn warms water for showers, cooking, laundry, and other uses throughout the house. Much like conventional hot water heating, the newly installed system stores the water in a tank for later use.

“A solar thermal system is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce fossil fuel energy consumption for residential applications,” said Matthew D. Bullwinkel, associate professor of engineering technology who taught the course.  “The students did an excellent job adapting the new technology to the existing structure.”

Throughout the summer months, the system produced storage tank temperatures well over 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum recommended temperature setting for hot water tanks.

“The system performed well,” Bullwinkel noted. “Many people don’t think there is enough sun in Northern New York to use the solar collectors. We actually have enough sunlight to produce more hot water than is currently used at the house.”

SUNY Canton students will continue to maintain the system and use it as learning tool. The system will also be used for research into solar hot water performance in the area.

“Being able to collect data from an actual residential setting versus what we would get from simulating one in a lab has been great,” Bullwinkel added. “We’re appreciative of the overwhelming support we received from Dr. Kennedy, the College Foundation, the Canino School of Engineering Technology, and our facilities department.”

The College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology is involved in solar thermal curriculum training programs through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The SUNY Canton Alumni House is located at 8 Stillman Drive in Canton, just outside of the College’s 555 acre campus. It was named in 2008 to honor 2006 Honorary Alumna Blanche K. Woodcock.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Seeks Energy Expo Input

Friday, April 30th, 2010

SUNY Canton is interested in hearing the North Country’s opinion about the future of the area’s annual energy expo.

The Energy expo Committee at the College has created an online survey to gather information and ideas from community members for any future energy expos or related trainings that would focus on alternative energy sources.

“The survey questions cover a wide range of topics including public concerns about energy, usage habits, interests, and opinions about various energy education efforts,” said Douglas B. Welch, SUNY Canton’s sustainability coordinator. “The goal is to reach a wide cross section of the community so we can gauge a true interest in energy conservation and what people would like to know more about.”

Those interested in participating in the survey can complete it online at http://tinyurl.com/cantonenergysurvey or you can access it from SUNY Canton’s website at www.canton.edu/green.  The survey will be available from Thursday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 19.

If you have questions, comments and ideas regarding the survey or future energy expos, contact Welch at welchd@canton.edu.

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Going Greener: SUNY Canton Decreases Waste by 21 Percent

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

More people created less waste last year at SUNY Canton.

The College’s facilities department recently noted that the entire College produced just over 69 tons of garbage in 2009, a 21 percent decrease from the 2008 calendar year. The year also saw more than 5,000 total students enrolled and approximately 500 full- and part-time faculty and staff members.

SUNY Canton students Catherine Whalen of Amherst, Rachel Michelangelo of Hamburg, and Erin Orvis of Clayton helping with the College’s RecycleMania program.

“We’ve made a remarkable dent in our trash, especially in light of our record enrollment,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Part of the reduction stems from an overall campus awareness about reducing paper usage, becoming more eco-friendly and saving money.”

SUNY Canton is participating in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities. The ten-week competition began on Jan. 17 and ends March 27, according to Matthew J. Burnett, who works with students in the Green Campus Committee and is an Assistant Professor in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program.

“Last year, we participated in the benchmark division of the competition, which allowed us to gauge our recycling efforts,” Burnett said. “As second-year participants of the program, the campus will be able to compare outgoing trash and recycling levels to last year.”

Colleges in all 50 states and six international universities participate in RecycleMania.

“Our students really have made this program a success,” Burnett added. “We’ve partnered with some of our College’s Greeks and other student organizations to move the project forward.”

Many of the courses and departments are making the effort to reduce paper usage. The printers and copiers in the library have been set to print on both sides of one sheet of paper, and the campus Telecom department has switched to an online, automated phone billing process. The College’s online division, SUNY CantonOL, has seen an increased number of faculty members encouraging students to print out less materials for their online classes, further realizing the full potential of the ANGEL online learning platform.

The SUNY Canton Athletic Department will be collecting used cell phones and printer cartridges as part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s “Make a Difference” recycling program this year with collection points around campus.

The College uses Casella Waste Management’s Zero-Sort recycling program. Each person is only needs to separate their recyclables from ordinary waste to help with the ongoing sustainability. By using this system, Physical Plant staff members are able to calculate the total amount of non-recyclable garbage removed from the campus annually.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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CSEA Helps with Campus Sustainability

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA) Local 603 has provided new energy efficient appliances for break rooms around campus.

Union President Joseph Kelly said that they had provided eight Energy Star-rated refrigerators and nine microwave ovens during the Fall 2009 semester. The purchases included a brand-new 21 cubic-foot refrigerator in French Hall, which came just in time for potluck holiday meals and on-campus celebrations.

The purchase of the new appliances is another step in a larger campus-wide effort to conserve energy. To read more about the College’s green initiatives, visit www.canton.edu/green.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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Girl Scouts Learn at SUNY Canton through Corning Foundation Grant – Event Rescheduled for Dec. 5th

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Solar House Prototype

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology will be challenging 50 young women from the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to create sustainable pet shelters this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Nevaldine Technology Center Rooms 125 and 129 the scouts will be working with faculty members from the college on a variety of learning exercises to design and setup the structures.

The pet shelter theme was motivated by the recent strong community support and interest for the rehabilitation of the Potsdam Human Society and Animal Shelter.

“The girls will be challenged with a primary goal of using active and passive solar strategies to develop pet houses that could be used as part of a housing strategy at an animal shelter,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs. “We will place special emphasis on using recycled building materials in the design, green energy utilization, and energy efficient construction.”

After the weekend, teams will be responsible for decorating and maintaining their pet shelter and routinely collecting inside and outside temperatures as experimental data. The end result of these experiments will be passed on to the Humane Society to help them consider incorporating passive solar strategies in their eventual building redesign.

This event, and the solar pet shelter kits are supplied through a grant from Corning Foundation. For the past five years, Corning has annually sponsored challenges and events at the college for the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to introduce science and technology at an early age.

The event continues a series of learning opportunities offered specifically for Girl Scouts at the College. Previously, the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program worked with Girl Scout troops to construct small houses to collect solar energy data, similar to the pet shelters. Additionally, the Criminal Investigation program has held a Girl Scout Investigation seminar, that teaches young women crime scene analysis and evidence collection techniques.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, project explanation with Matthew D. Bullwinkel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Renewable Energy Systems Program.
  • 11 a.m.  - Concrete demonstration with Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs
  • 11:30 a.m. – Ventilation and air temperatures for pets with Lin Tian Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program
  • 1 p.m. – Physics and science demonstrations with Feng Hong, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Engineering Technology programs
  • 2 p.m. – Pet shelter kits will be distributed

Media members should contact SUNY Canton in advance, 315.386.7527, kie@canton.edu


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Sustainability Artist and Entrepreneur to Speak at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

DutchtubRenowned artist and sustainability advocate Todd Smith will be visiting SUNY Canton and demonstrating a revolutionary hot tub.

Smith will be offering a day of creative design workshops with students from the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program, and then will be hosting a campus-wide presentation at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Smith’s presentation is free and open to the public.

“Todd’s background in design strongly complements his ideas about product image and branding,” noted the GMMD program’s Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett. “He will be talking about the realities and process of product design. His knowledge shows the balance between the creative and the practical side of product marketing and design.”

His presentation will focus on the theme “from concept to client,” which outlines non-traditional, progressive, networking and brand building for unique products, including success indicators and pitfalls. Smith also highlights future growth strategies that incorporate modern thinking for unique economic situations.

Smith is involved with the American division of API Design, creators of the “Dutchtub,” a modern portable wood-fired hot tub. He will be bringing one of innovative chemical-free units to campus for display and demonstration. Dutchtubs will be commercially available by 2010.

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Smith currently lives and works in Saranac Lake and is the president of local not for profit Adirondack Sustainable Communities, Incorporated.  He has been involved with the Solar Decathlon submission of University of Texas.  He won the critical regionalism competition in 2000 with his submission for responsible growth and planning in rural communities faced with rapid growth pressures. His current artistic work is on display at the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake.

Smith has taught Computer Graphics and Design through the State University of New York and Architecture through Montana State University. He is an avid skier, hiker, artist, and photographer. He also is the former North Country Community College women’s hockey coach.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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RecycleMania Hits SUNY Canton

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected.

SUNY Canton has joined RecycleMania, an international competition that measures the success of colleges’ recycling and waste prevention efforts.

“The RecycleMania competition establishes a baseline of data for future improvement across campus,” said Matthew Burnett, who is the Green Campus Committee (GCC) Chair and an Assistant Professor in the Graphic and a Multimedia Design program. “It is important that we make sustainability a priority on our campus and in our classrooms.”

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected. Each week, the standings are posted online for participants to see, motivating the campus community to recycle more and decrease the overall environment footprint of the college.

The challenge has been spearheaded by Accounting Instructor Christa Kelson and students Bridget Keegan and Rachel Baker, according to Burnett.

“I saw this as a great way to get involved and help out,” said Keegan. “A lot of people stop and ask what we are doing when we calculate the recyclables. We use our efforts as a means to emphasize the importance of recycling.”

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The college has been expanding its overall recycling efforts with help from the GCC and other departments. During its first year, SUNY Canton will be posting college-wide results in the benchmarking division of the competition, which will allow the college to compare its results to other schools. After one year, the college will be allowed to enter the competition level and compete against itself and other colleges.

Colleges in all 50 states and six international universities are represented in the competition.

The RecycleMania competition began in 2001 as a friendly challenge between recycling coordinators at Miami University and Ohio University. The competition was meant as a way to get participants more excited about recycling.

Several publications and college indicators use RecycleMania to gauge colleges’ and universities’ collective and individual commitments to sustainability. RecycleMania has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Boston Globe.

In addition to the RecycleMania competition, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has begun a fund-raising event that will keep the campus cleaner by recycling used ink jet and laser printer cartridges, and cell phones. The semester-long “Make a Difference” campaign aims to educate and engaging the campus in conservation and environmental protection. The SAAC members have set up recycling boxes around campus to collect the used cartridges and cell phones.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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