Le Moyne College's Department of Facilities Maintenance and Planning has been commited to energy-efficiency and environmental sustainability for over 20 years. We combine time-tested techniques with carefully-assessed new information. In early 2009, we were proud to be among the first in the U.S. to pilot LED lighting.
Le Moyne College seeks to:
- Reduce the rate at which we contribute to depletion of natural resources and degradation of the environment, and;
- Increase our use of renewable resources.
From 2003 to 2008, Le Moyne's fossil fuel consumption in the form of natural gas alone decreased by 12,000,000 BTUs. Our electricity consumption decreased by 5,000,000 KWH in those same five years. Le Moyne has decreased GHG emissions every year since 2003.
Environmentally sustainable design policies and features are incorporated into:
- Building and New Construction: for example, through the use of locally harvested woods and manufactured goods, double-glazed windows, and recycled or recyclable materials; the employment of LEED Accredited Professional architects and engineers; and the integration of cutting edge technologies like high-tech air exchange/fume hoods in our new science lab spaces;
- Wise Use of Resources: we monitor energy use in each building and use an advanced, central system to maximize efficiency in campus climate control; we purchase 6% "green" electricity and reduce consumption through multiple means including occupancy sensors for both lighting and thermostats, time of day system setbacks, air intake handlers, and a solar panel which will be installed in early 2011;
- Landscaping: we use environmentally-friendly pesticides and fertilizers, as well as basin and bioswale systems to capture stormwater run-off; the use of native species and perennials is mandated in our master plan and we are experimenting with live-root plantings for our building roofs;
- Operations: everything from Green Seal Certified cleaning products and zero-VOC paint to our environmentally themed student residence and daily practices in our Dining Services;
- Research and Scholarship: academic majors and programs, as well as our Center for the Study of Environmental Change;
- Vehicles: use of smaller vehicles for grounds maintenance;
- Waste Materials: we minimize land-filled waste where possible, through recycling, composting, mulching.
The bottom line:
Le Moyne College 2010
carbon emissions = 11,477 MTeCO2/gsf
How exactly do we achieve that?
Limited Range Thermostats are set to a 70˚F maximum and a 66˚F minimum, installed with an automatic temperature drop at night and occupancy sensors to maximize HVAC efficiency;
Our Steam Plant heats the campus from October to May using Low NOx Boilers powered by Natural Gas, and emitting significantly less green house gases, such as NO, NO2, and NO3, and less photochemical smog than regular boilers (Atmospheric nitrogen oxides, i.e. NO, NO2, N2O, N2O3, N2O5, are “the bad guys of Global Warming”);
We piloted LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulbs when Director of Facilities and Maintenance, James Dishaw, received $15,000 from Le Moyne's Vice President of Finance and Administration, Roger Stackpoole, to install 200 of these tubes. LED bulbs are more energy-efficient (using one third of the energy of other bulbs and thus saving money, offsetting the higher initial investment), have three times the product life, and do not contain mercury or other harmful chemicals which do damage when the bulbs are discarded. Our successful pilot project lead to plans for LED light tubes to be installed across campus: "Light the Heights." Note: cool-white LEDs emit more blue light, causing more light pollution than conventional outdoor light sources and should be shielded completely outdoors;
Low flow appliances (showers and toilets) are installed in the recently renovated residence halls (Harrison, Dablon, and Foery), conserving both water and electricity; energy-efficient front-loading clothes washers are in every residence hall;
Our research shows that the best flooring choices for our campus are stone or cement, porcelain tile, and linoleum flooring. We are incorporating these materials in all renovations and new construction.
For the future, we are researching:
- Alternative cooling refrigerants (currently contributing 2% of the carbon emissions of campus)
- Installation of more bike racks
- The practicality of cogeneration and horizontal wind turbine technologies
- A campus-wide green procurement policy and a move away from the use of plastic water bottles
For more information about sustainability at Le Moyne, please visit this website:
College Committee on Environmental Sustainability
Photo: From 2009 Le Moyne College trip to the Galapagos Islands