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Daylight Hour 6/17/16 Join Suffolk County Community College

Daylight Hour 2016

This Friday, at noon our Suffolk County Community College is participating in a program called The Daylight Hour, an annual effort promoting the use of daylight in lieu of electric lighting in office spaces.

Office occupants all over the world will turn off their lights in day-lit spaces for one hour and post to social media about their involvement.

Participation is easy – all you have to do is turn off the lights in your day-lit spaces from Noon to 1pm on June 17.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment 2016 Earth Day Summit

Citizens Campaign for the Environment
2016 Earth Day Summit

This half-day summit will explore three critical factors
shaping Long Island’s future –Water, Energy and Climate Change.
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Judith Enck, Region 2 Director
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

When:
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 12:30pm – 5:00pm

Where:
Suffolk County Community College,
Michael J. Grant Brentwood Campus, Health and Sports Education Center,

1001 Crooked Hill Rd, Brentwood, NY

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC !

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A featuring experts:

  • Professor Scott Mandia, Suffolk County Community College
  • Dr. Chris Gobler, Stony Brook University
  • Brad Pnazek, Invenergy LLC
  • Carrie Meek Gallagher, DEC Region 1 Director
  • Tara Bono, EmPower Solar
  • Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

    Discussion Moderated by News 12’s Danielle Campbell

EarthDay


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20% Off SUFFOLK SUSTAINABILITY April 18 – 22

20% OFF!  April 18 – 22

ReusableWaterBottles2016-4These Reusable Water Bottles
Not Only Save You Money…
They Also Help Save
Our Environment.
Quench your thirst while caring for our environment. Simply replace typical disposable
drink containers with Suffolk-branded reusable drink containers and mugs available
at Follett’s campus book stores. Then use your new drinkware at any Aramark dining
location – as well as the Peconic Cafe on the Eastern Campus – and you’ll always only
Purchase Suffolk Reusable Drinkware and
Enjoy Discounted Refills at Aramark Locations and Peconic Cafe!

SUFFOLK SUSTAINABILITY
pay for the price of a small beverage, no matter the size of your container!
Plus, use your reusable containers for free water refills at conveniently
located bottle filling stations across the College.
For details, visit sunysuffolk.edu/Sustainability

Sustainable Water Bottle Promotion 2/1 & 2/2/16

January 25, 2016

TO:               The College Community

FROM:         Nicholas Palumbo, Executive Director College Sustainability Programs

SUBJECT:   Sustainable Water Bottle Promotion

The Office of Sustainability Programs at Suffolk County Community College is currently promoting the use of reusable water bottles to the college community.  In partnership with our Follett campus bookstores, sales of refillable drink containers and mugs purchased on February 1st or 2nd, will qualify to receive a 20% discount on the price of the sustainable water bottle.  In addition, anyone who then uses their sustainable water bottle at an Aramark dining location or at the Eastern Campus Peconic Café, will only be asked to pay the price of a small beverage in order to fill their container—no matter what size.  

We hope you will participate in this latest sustainability promotion and encourage our students to do so as well, since the use of refillable water bottles helps save our environment.  You will be interested to learn that through the use of the bottle refilling stations that are available on our campuses, the students, faculty, alumni and staff of Suffolk County Community College have already helped eliminate tens of thousands of plastic bottles from being disposed of in area landfills.

Reusable

 


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Suffolk County Community College Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized Suffolk County Community College for supporting the development of the national PEV charging infrastructure and fulfilling the voluntary requirements of the Workplace Charging Challenge in 2015.

Suffolk is one of fewer than 30% of all Challenge partners to receive this recognition over the program’s lifetime!!


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The EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge is celebrating a major milestone – it’s now halfway to its goal of 500 Challenge partners committed to installing workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by 2018. Since its launch nearly three years ago, more than 250 employers have joined as Challenge partners and the installation of workplace charging as a sustainable business practice is growing across the United States. Their efforts have resulted in more than 600 workplaces with over 5,500 charging stations accessible to nearly 1 million employees. Today, more than 9,000 PEV-driving employees are charging at these worksites on a regular basis. Our new Workplace Charging Challenge Mid-Program Review reports this progress and other statistics related to workplace charging, including employee satisfaction and charger usage.

The Mid-Program Review highlights a number of trends – among them, that both employers and employees increasingly value workplace charging. Challenge partners are leading charging infrastructure deployment in their communities and driving PEV adoption among their staff. The number of planned and installed partner charging stations has increased by 70% since June 2014, and with 90% of employers having received positive feedback from their staff, it’s clear that workplace charging is an innovative employee benefit. In fact, Challenge partner employees are six times more likely to drive a PEV than the average worker. As a result, partners are enthusiastic about the emissions reductions enabled by their employees’ commutes. Workplace charging efforts made by our partners eliminated 17 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions just this year, equivalent to each company removing more than nine average gasoline vehicles from U.S. roads. Employers are now going above and beyond in their leadership role in the development of the nation’s charging infrastructure; more than half are sharing their experiences and helping other employers with their workplace charging efforts.

Workplace Challenge partners share their best practices by publishing profiles on the Challenge website, providing key PEV charging data, and submitting a workplace charging plan. This year, the Energy Department recognizes the following 27 employers for executing all three of these actions: City of Beaverton, OR; DIRECTV; El Camino Real Charter High School, CA; Florida Power & Light Company; Freudenberg-NOK; Hewlett Packard; Intel; JEA; Kohl’s; Lane Regional Air Protection Agency; Legrand; Lewis and Clark Community College; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Nissan; North Central College; Pacific Gas & Electric; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Prairie State College; Salt River Project; SAS Institute; Sears Holdings; SolarWorld; Southern Company; Suffolk County Community College; Thomas College; University of Maine; and University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Learn more about how your organization can join the Workplace Charging Challenge or contact us at WorkplaceCharging@ee.doe.gov.

Source: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy


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Suffolk Hacked Episode 4 with Tara Hack at Suffolk County Community College

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3rd annual CarFree Day LI with 511NYRideshare

Car Free Day 2015A representative of 511NYRideshare will be on the Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus on:

Friday, September 11

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Babylon Student Center 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784

Representatives will be collecting pledges for the 3rd annual CarFree Day LI, which is September 22nd.  Car Free Day Long Island is part of a larger worldwide movement to celebrate sustainable transportation.

511NYRideshare is a not-for-profit entity funded by the New York State Department of Transportation to encourage more environmentally sound transportation options.  They can assist you with coordination of carpools, planning public transportation strategies, and even possible bike routes!  Show your support in making SCCC more sustainable by pledging to go Car Free on September 22  and get a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card.


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Earth Day 2015: Suffolk Unveils Electric Car Chargers on Eastern Campus, Other Campuses to Follow

 
Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, front, is joined by the College’s Executive Director of Sustainability Programs Nick Palumbo at the College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead on Earth Day 2015 to unveil a pair of electric vehicle charging stations. McKay attached the charger to a plug-in Toyota Prius Hyrbid.

Each station can rapid-charge two electric or hybrid/electric vehicles and is connected to the Chargepoint Network for recovery of utility costs.

The college installed the charging stations to promote use of environmentally friendly vehicles by students, faculty and staff at the college. The general public may also use the chargers.

Installation of electric vehicle chargers at Suffolk’s campuses in Selden and Brentwood is scheduled for later this year.

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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Mob to Put Hit on Ticks And Other Pests!

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These frenetic balls of fluff, Guinea Fowl keets, will grow into pest-eating machines by the time they are released on Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead next March.

The new brood  — about 30 in all — will eat ants, spiders, weed seeds, and ticks, among other insects and pests, when grown and roaming the Riverhead campus.

Suffolk has had guinea fowl on the Eastern Campus for many years. The new group of keets will grow up to replace a mob of fowl whose numbers have dwindled due to predation and age.

About Guinea Fowl:

• Young Guinea Fowl are called keets, and a group of guinea fowl is called a mob

• Guinea Fowl are a social species, living in flocks of up to 25 birds that roost communally

• The Guinea Fowl has a long history of domestication for consumption of its eggs and meat and, more recently it has been used for pest control, such as to control the tick population to curb the spread of lyme disease

• Guinea Fowl are generally terrestrial. They are prone to run rather than fly when alarmed, but are agile and powerful flyers that can hover and fly backwards if necessary.

Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay explained that using the Guinea Fowl to control pests is best.

“Natural pest control is less expensive than buying and applying pesticides, and it’s safer for our students, faculty, staff, the natural wildlife and the environment,” President McKay said.

Suffolk’s Eastern Campus is situated in Suffolk’s Pine Barrens and home to red fox, deer, wild turkeys, raccoons and other indigenous species.

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$394K Grant Funds Innovative Sustainable Green Tech at Suffolk’s Grant and Ammerman Campuses.

Rain gardens and cisterns will be installed on two campuses of Suffolk County Community College, at the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood and Ammerman Campus in Selden, to help manage stormwater flow thanks to a $393,043 Green Innovation Grant Program award from the New York State Environment Facilities Corporation that was approved by the Suffolk County Legislature today. Construction is expected to begin in November.

“Since 2000, our College has implemented more than 50 green initiatives and this latest grant will enable that work to expand. Combining these varied initiatives with grant resources and our recent decision to establish an Office of Sustainability Programs, we are leading and promoting the importance of emerging renewable technologies,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun McKay.

President McKay said the project will serve as an innovative teaching tool that can be embedded into various College curricula. Students in courses such as construction technology, geology, and engineering, will have an opportunity to study and monitor the effectiveness of the project model. Additionally, the project offers unique opportunities for the community at large to learn about these innovative technologies and how they can protect and sustain our environment.

The system works by capturing unfiltered and untreated stormwater that is intercepted and redirected into the new rain gardens. The rain gardens absorb and filter a large portion of the stormwater. The water is then captured and stored in cisterns for later use to irrigate the immediate property and filling irrigation trucks as needed. Overall, the project is expected reduce stormwater runoff by 3,821 cubic feet per year, along with corresponding reductions in sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen. It will also save more than 276,000 gallons of potable water per year, by reducing water consumption required for irrigating College property.

This is the fourth major grant Suffolk County Community College has received to improve its environmental sustainability. Previous awards were: the College-wide Water and Energy Conservation Initiative ($675,000 in 2009), the High-Efficiency Condensing Boilers Initiative ($244,000 in 2010), and the Campus-wide Energy Efficiency Project ($306,368 in 2010).

Source: Suffolk County Community College

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