What is Russell Sage College doing to be greener?

Single-Stream Recycling

Easy and convenient! Throw all recyclables in one container (bins provided), no sorting needed.

Benefits of Single-Stream Recycling

The Single Stream approach allows all recyclables to be collected in the same container, making recycling convenient and easy for our students and employees.

  • Collecting more recyclable material has been shown to increase recycling rates by an average of 30%.
  • Reduces collection costs.
  • Reduces vehicle emissions while increasing landfill diversion rates.

Hydration Stations

For refilling water bottles

Located in Shea Learning Center on the Troy campus and various locations in Albany — thanks to a gift from Student Government!

Building Renovations

Incorporating environmentally friendly measures

Shea Learning Center features:

  • High-efficiency lighting design
  • Occupancy-based lighting and HVAC
  • Variable-speed refrigerant system
  • High-efficiency condensing boiler
  • Hand dryers in bathrooms instead of paper towels

More Initiatives

  • A Committee on Academic Information Technology (CAIT) is discussing ways to reduce printing for academic purposes.
  • Sage institutes energy savings plans during each college break, closing certain buildings entirely and employing reduced hours to minimize heating.
  • Lights and windows have been swapped out for energy efficient models.
  • The temperature has been reduced in buildings during the winter.
  • Boilers were replaced with more efficient models.
  • LED/solar lights are used outdoors.
  • Computer labs now feature virtual hard drives.
  • New gardens on both campuses not only beautify outdoor spaces, they feature plants native to the region and sustainable design.