From the President
More Resources
Single-Stream Recycling Posters

Single-Stream Recycling Posters

Help spread the word! Download these posters for your office or workplace.

SSR Poster 1 (PDF)
SSR Poster 2 (PDF)


Student Sustainability Task Force (SSTF)

Home Projects Research Academics Operations Community News
Institute Greenhouse

Empac received LEED Certification for New Building Construction by addressing and following through on the six core categories laid out by the United States Building Council: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design.

Institute Greenhouse

A 46 KW photovoltaic array on the Houston Field House Roof was installed in the summer of 2009, and on the roof of the East Campus Athletic village there are two 2 KW photovoltaic arrays.

Institute Greenhouse

Terra Café recently resumed growing its own salad greens in an on-campus greenhouse.

Operations and Sustainability

Operations involves all aspects of day to day activities that impact the learning and living environment of Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff. Specific areas include building maintenance and cleaning, upkeep of lawn and garden areas, operation of campus vehicles, operation of building mechanical and electrical systems, use of energy and water, dining services, waste disposal, and all construction operations.


RPI has committed to LEED certifications for all new campus building construction. EMPAC is LEED certified and the East Campus Athletic Village is planned to be LEED silver certified. The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies building is extremely energy efficient with a naturally ventilated atrium, heat recovery on the lab ventilation air, and many other systems. Energy savings measures also include many innovative technologies like variable speed motor controls, lighting controls, and building management computer systems.

Renovations are done to further the mission of Rensselaer in accordance with The Rensselaer Plan. However, during the routine maintenance of campus facilities, changes are being made to increase efficiency, such as retrofitting to lighting and retro-commissioning of HVAC systems. Additionally, projects in distributed energy generation and solar water heating are being explored in new and existing facilities.

Environmental Services uses Green Seal certified cleaning products for all situations where practical, except for bathroom disinfectant, glass cleaner, and floor finish.

Campus Planning and Facilities Design spearheads the LEED certification of new construction, while Physical Facilities manages the smaller retrofitting and renovation projects, and Environmental Services oversees the cleaning guidelines.

Dining Services

40% of produce is purchased locally. All of the milk used comes from Binghamton, NY. Sodexho fully supports the Terra Café, a student-run local and organic once-a-week sit-down dining experience.

Currently, the average daily food waste about 600 lbs. A composting project is in the research and development stage. Sodexho is planning on composting all food waste. There has a