Environmental Sustainability

Waste Reduction


  • In the fall of 2010, employees from college locations around the state collected tableware for their center or unit to be used during meetings, events and office gatherings. Sustainability coordinators at each center collected donated tableware and traded among each other to complete their needs. The goal of the drive was to have every Empire State College location stocked with washable, reusable dishes.

  • Empire State College is striving to reduce the amount of paper used by installing large, centrally located machines that will print, copy and scan. These machines will replace desktop printers. In addition, the new machines make it easy to print double-sided and set the toner lower, conveniently, from individual computers. Easier set-up and increased printing options should result in less paper used.


  • At the Genesse Valley Center the lunch room is filled with books donated by Empire State College students, alumni, faculty and staff, which are available free of charge to members of the college community at the GVC location. Students use the books for current studies and supplementary reading, and one alumna brings books to the residents of a local veterans' home. The book exchange demonstrates both economic and environmental sustainability and the idea has spread to other centers.


  • The Central New York Center was named Recycler of the Year–Education Sector by Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA). 
  • All electronics owned by the college are either reused or recycled.
  • 89 percent of the paper purchased by the college was made from recycled paper.