Did You Know?

1. The College has an online farmers' market for easy access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and a variety of food products made in Schoharie County called Schoharie Fresh


2. The College sells most of the contents of the campus greenhouses to the community.


3. We use Integrated Pest Management in the greenhouses.


4. The college has made and used bio-diesel.


5. SUNY Cobleskill uses biodegradable cleaning supplies and soaps.


6. Carpets are made from plastic bottles in the library.


7. The bathrooms have toilet paper made from recycled materials.


8. There is recycled content paper in all photocopiers.


9. There are low-water flush toilets and there is a zero-water men's toilet in Wheeler Hall.


10. Motion detector sensors on campus automatically turn off lights to save energy.


11. "Gray water" is recycled for cleaning the animal barns.


12. Herbicides or pesticides on turf and in the gardens are used minimally.


13. Wetlands water quality is monitored extensively on campus and in the community.


14. The College composts.


15. Whenever possible, SUNY Cobleskill reduces soil erosion.


16. The campus has an arboretum for applied learning.


17. The College has had numerous speakers talk on campus about sustainability issues such as:

      - Ann Cooper described her book Bitter Harvest and she was
        given an honorary Ph.D.
      -Roger Salliant, CEO of Plug Power, discussed the manufacturing
        of hydrogen fuel cells in New York State.
      -Dr. Ward Stone founder of the West Nile virus gave a detailed
        report on its impact.
      -Dr. Paul Bermanzohn talked about genetically modified foods.
      -Dave Howard discussed green building techniques.


18. The College joined the Adopt-A-Highway program on Interstate 88.


19. SUNY Cobleskill collaborates and cooperates with the Farm Bureau, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Schoharie County Land Trust.


20. The College has a USDA certified butcher for use by local farmers.


21. Some of the College staff work at the Iroquois Indian Museum.


22. The College participates in educational booths at the County Fair as well as the State Fair.


23. The College helps Cobleskill Partnership, Inc. on resolving community issues.


24. The campus encourages snow plow removers to use less road salt locally.


25. We incorporate green architecture in new construction and/or renovation.


26. The campus offers two daycare centers for use by faculty and staff and has one pre-K daycare center for use by the community.


27. We have a bio-digester to convert waste to energy.


28. The campus hosts the Seventh Generation Lecture Series.


29. Paper, glass, plastics, metal, electronic waste, and fluorescent light bulbs are recycled (among others).


30. The College recognizes the Talloires Declaration of 1990 in order to address the need for universities to move toward an environmentally sustainable future.


31. We support the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014.


32. The campus joined the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future.


33. SUNY Cobleskill created a campus-wide "ad hoc committee on sustainability."


34. The College opened the Center for Collaborative Sustainability.


35. In total, there are three dozen sections per semester taught in sustainability.