Explore how Binghamton University is working to increase sustainability efforts at all its facilities.
- Binghamton University earned its first LEED Certification in 2008 for the construction of the Mountainview Community’s Windham and Cascade halls. The University achieved this distinction based on the halls' energy efficient design, construction and operation. These halls were the first SUNY residence halls and Greater Binghamton buildings to achieve this high standard.
- Since that time, the University has committed that all new building or major renovation projects be built to at least LEED Silver standards or the equivalent. The following recently completed construction projects are listed with the LEED certification we received:
- University Downtown Center -- LEED Silver
- Newing College's Bingham Hall and Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center -- LEED Silver
- Newing College's Broome and Delaware halls -- LEED Gold
- Engineering and Science Building -- LEED Platinum (learn more)
- In 2013, Binghamton University was awarded a High Performance Energy Efficiency award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for the construction of its 125,000-square-foot Engineering and Science Building. This facility meets LEED Platinum standards as well as incorporates a number of green features, including geothermal heating and cooling methods, natural lighting, passive solar energy, and the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control.
- Newing College, the University's oldest residential community, was completely reconstructed and re-opened in 2011 with a focus on green living.
- 880 inefficient exit signs were replaced with LED technology that consumes 95% less energy than incandescent signs and 80% less than fluorescent.
- Free cooling, the practice of using outside air to cool buildings, has been implemented on campus wherever possible.
- Boiler controls have been upgraded across campus to reduce natural gas consumption and older motors have been replaced with newer, energy-efficient versions.
- Air filters have been replaced to improve air quality and reduce electricity consumption.
- Building temperatures are closely monitored; they’re kept at 70 degrees during the heating season, while air-conditioned buildings are maintained at 74 during the cooling season.