Explore how Binghamton University is working to increase sustainability efforts at all its facilities.
- In 2008, the University earned LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council for Mountainview Community’s Windham and Cascade halls for energy efficient design, construction and operation. These halls were the first SUNY residence halls and Greater Binghamton buildings to achieve this high standard.
- Binghamton University has committed that all new building or major renovation projects be built to at least LEED Silver standards or the equivalent. LEED design was used for the University Downtown Center, the Science 5, Engineering and Science Building, and East Campus Housing projects.
- 880 inefficient exit signs were replaced with LED technology that consumes 95 percent less energy than incandescent signs and 80 percent less than fluorescent.
- Free cooling, the practice of using outside air to cool buildings, has been implemented on campus when appropriate.
- Boiler controls have been upgraded across campus to reduce natural gas consumption.
- Older motors have been replaced with energy-efficient motors.
- 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.