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  • What is Russell Sage College doing to be greener?

    • Introducing Single-Stream Recycling across both campuses
    • Adding “hydration stations” for refilling water bottles
      • located in the Shea Learning Center in Troy
      • various locations in Albany — thanks to a gift from SCA Student Government!
    • Incorporating environmentally friendly measures in building renovations. For example, 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
    • 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
    Introducing single-stream recycling across both campuses.
    • Easy and convenient.
    • No sorting needed.
    • Throw all recyclables in one container.
    • Bins provided.

    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.
    Sage has partnered with Waste Management to increase our recycling.