Quinnipiac University is committed to the environment. The University is engaged in a far-reaching campaign to go green, with fresh initiatives underway across all three campuses.
At the York Hill Campus, wind turbines generate 32,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, while roof-top photovoltaic panels gather power from the sun, saving another 250,000 kilowatts. Watch the wind turbines in action and read about them in a New York Times article. Read more about York Hill's green initiatives.
On the North Haven Campus, environmentally-friendly features include: energy-efficient heating and cooling units and lighting fixtures; low VOC paint; Green Guard-certified carpeting and new windows with energy-saving thermal glazing.
On the Mount Carmel Campus, a community garden yields fresh fruit and vegetables. Each fall, the University hosts a weekly farmer's market, featuring local produce and products. The University holds an annual Earth Day celebration in April on the Mount Carmel Campus. View photos from the 2012 event or a video from Earth Day 2011.
The University's Sustainability Committee, which includes students, faculty and staff, plans events and programs, including the annual Earth Day celebration.
Quinnipiac also has a Building Dashboard website, which lets students and staff on all three campuses track their energy consumption rates in real-time. The site also offers energy-saving tips.
In June 2012, Quinnipiac was awarded a Connecticut Green Business Award for overall corporate achievement. Watch a video about the award featuring Keith Woodward, associate vice president for facilities operations.
Other sustainability measures include improvements in the following areas:
- Quinnipiac purchases 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, placing it well above state and national minimum renewable energy purchase requirements. In 2012, Quinnipiac was named to the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Top 20 Colleges & Universities list, citing the University's purchase of electricity from renewable resources.
- Lighting in all residence halls has been switched from T12 to more efficient T8 bulbs.
- The University's ongoing "Bobcat Bulb Swap" program allows students to trade up to six fluorescent bulbs for greener, high compact fluorescent models.
- The University's information technology department has installed a "deep freeze" feature, which automatically shuts down all computers in teaching classrooms at night.
- Half of the campus' eight irrigation zones, which deliver water to the grounds and landscaping, are outfitted with automatic shut-off features to conserve water after heavy rain has saturated the soil.
- Water usage in residence hall toilets has been reduced from 3.5 to 1.6 gallons per flush, which saves 2-3 million gallons of water annually.
- "Hydration stations," which allow users to easily refill water bottles with fresh, cold drinking water, are replacing less sanitary, old-style water fountains in the Athletic Center and Tator Hall. The stations reduce plastic use. Watch a video about the stations.
Products and Practices
- The University has installed "Big Belly" solar-powered trash cans on campus. Watch a video about the trash cans.
- The University has instituted single-stream recycling across campus.
- In 2009, the University launched an annual mattress recycling program, recycling 167 mattresses for the first time.
- Campus Copy shop offers double-sided copies printed on 100 percent recycled paper.
- Sixty-five percent of cleaning supplies used on campus are Green Seal-certified.
- The University uses only natural fertilizer products on its fields and landscaping
- Paper towel products used on campus are composed of at least 40 percent recycled fiber.
- The University Copy/Mail Center uses a digital package-tracking system, which notifies recipients via e-mail, rather than paper slip notices in mailboxes.
- Graduates at Commencement ceremonies wear gowns made of 100 percent recycled material.
- In February 2013, the University's Sustainability Committee partnered with CT Rides, a program sponsored by CT Department of Transportation, to encourage students to use alternate forms of transportation. Students will have the opportunity to earn rewards and discounts from local restaurants and businesses by riding the shuttles.
Download our Sustainability Practices brochure. (Adobe PDF)