“The Sustainability Council: A Report from the Field” by Anthony Lugo & Judi O'Toole

recyclelagIn 2007, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein took up Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017, and began a general sustainability initiative throughout the University’s senior and two-year colleges.

Soon after, LaGuardia Community College formed its Sustainability Council, coordinated by Executive Director of Facilities and Planning Shahir Erfan. In the last four years, the Council of administrators, students, faculty and staff have met significant challenges and created initiatives in the areas of energy, recycling, nutrition and student outreach and education.

Sustainability in the Know: A New Water Bottle Filling Station on Campus

bottlefilling1Now you can fill up your water bottle at the new water bottle filling station in the E building Atrium, next to the restrooms (E-142 & 143).

The filling station is situated inside the wall and operated by a sensor. Place your water bottle on the mini platform and the water flows automatically. It’s quick and easy, and more importantly, it's good for the environment.

Sustainability in the Know: Eco-Friendly Coffee Cups

greencupThis semester, you will notice something different about your coffee cup. If you buy a 12 oz coffee in the cafeteria or are having an 8 oz coffee at a catered event or meeting on campus, your coffee will be served in an eco-friendly cup. The coffee cup, decorated with a green leaf, is made from 100% renewable sources. Unlike traditional cups, these coffee cups aren’t manufactured using petroleum-based paper or plastic.

Sustainability in the Know: Choose Reusable Water Bottles

WaterStudentBy Anthony N. Lugo, Director, Campus Auxiliary Services & Sustainability

Now you can fill up your water bottle at the new "water bottle filling station" along the hall of flags, across from the Offices of Student Life (M-115).

The filling station is situated over an existing water fountain. Simply place your water bottle on the mini platform and push the button on top. It’s quick, easy, and more importantly, good for the environment.

Sustainability at LaGuardia

recycleelementsAs Green Week at LaGuardia approaches, it is time to look back on all the College's achievements in becoming sustainable. Since winning one of the first CUNY Sustainability Awards in 2008, the College's green efforts have continued to grow, including increased energy savings, water conservation, recycling and more. Take a look at LaGuardia Community College's updated Sustainability Fact Sheet.


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