Greening of RCC
Greening of RCC
Lorinda Hill, Assistant to the Director of Plant Facilities
Campus Sustainability Committee
RCC and the Environment
Rockland Community College prides itself on its efforts to be an environmentally responsible campus. The College has embraced the principles of environmental sustainability as an essential component of its academic curricula, administrative plans and plant facilities operations.
RCC President Cliff L. Wood signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, requiring RCC to become carbon neutral. Dr. Wood’s signing of the Climate Commitment and Talloires Declaration was formalized on Earth Day in April 2008.
On Earth Day 2016, Dr. Wood signed the Second Nature Climate Commitment re-affirming RCC's continued path towards carbon neutrality. In June 2016, a campus-wide Energy Efficiency Program began that will reduce energy costs by approximately 43% and significantly reduce the College's GHG and water consumption.
The College’s Board of Trustees adopted a Sustainability Mission Statement, outlining its position on global warming, resource consumption and carbon emissions.
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- RCC is a non-smoking campus
- The Technology Center, constructed in 2006, was awarded Silver Certification as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first green building constructed by Rockland County.
- Students created a National Wildlife Foundation Certified Habitat in a wooded area on campus, planting native species to attract new wildlife.
- The Organic Gardening Club practices methods of growing a sustainable, healthy food supply.
- To reduce the use of bottled water on campus, students receive refillable water bottles, which they can fill at a newly installed Hydration Station.
- RCC replaced its copiers and printers with energy star counterparts, and purchases only recycled content paper.
RCC has an award-winning Recycling program. RCC began recycling paper in 1991, and in 1998, expanded to all tree products and mixed containers. From 2000 to 2015, the College recycled almost 1,038 tons, saving $77,000 in disposal costs, earning rebates of around $17,000, and saving approximately 15,000 trees and 3500 cubic yards of landfill space.
- The College’s ROSE program – Reusable Office Supply Exchange – saves nearly $5,000 per year in office supplies. The ROSE program saved the College $7,597 in 2015. Recycling of paper, glass, metal, and plastics = 75.11 tons, with a diversion rate of 33% (diversion rate represents what is diverted from landfills). Other recycling includes: 400 lbs of batteries, 500 printer cartridges and a whopping 2.23 tons of textiles.
- RCC eliminated Styrofoam from its cafeteria and offers discounts to customers who bring their own mugs/cups. The Mug Action Club supports this activity.
- RCC offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Environmental Science
- RCC offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Green Building Maintenance and Management
- Through the Clean Energy Technology Training Initiative, RCC offers continuing education classes such as Solar Hot Water System Design. RCC’s Continuing Education offers many environmental courses to the community
- On Earth Day, RCC invites the community, including local middle and high school students, to a day of interactive educational programs
- RCC was awarded the Green Council Award by the Rockland Business Association in 2011.
- RCC is a charter member of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities.
- RCC is a member of Clean Air New York, a NYS initiative in support of downstate air-quality efforts.