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  • 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.