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How to Be Green in Your Office: Environmentally Friendly Office Initiatives

  1. Turn off lights, computers, and any other electronic devices at the end of the day.
  2. Recycle anything you can.
  3. Activate sleep mode on computers so when they’re not in use, they automatically go in to sleep mode, saving energy.
  4. When printing out a draft, use the reverse side of an already used sheet of paper.
  5. Have coffee in a mug or travel mug to avoid using disposable cups.
  6. Don’t print an email unless it’s necessary.
  7. If natural light will suffice, turn off office lights.
  8. Use recycled materials: paper, binders, etc.
  9. Use paperclips instead of staples.
  10. Put plants in offices. Not only do they help with air quality, they can help reduce stress and create a more relaxing atmosphere.
  11. Re-use envelopes and cardboard packaging when possible.
  12. Use rechargeable batteries.
  13. Utilize window blinds to reduce temperature.
  14. Open a window for natural ventilation or to cool down a room.
  15. Use energy efficient light bulbs or energy saving products when possible.
  16. Use a label on the first page of a fax rather than a cover sheet.
  17. Use the print preview function to view items before you print them. Often, blank pages or pages with unimportant text will print out, especially from websites. Select which pages you want to print to avoid wasting paper.
  18. Use email or notice boards rather than printing memos.
SC Green Initiatives The following are Springfield College initiatives in support of increased sustainability and reduced emissions, energy use, and carbon footprint.

Climate Action Plan

A Climate Action Plan that includes a target date and interim milestones for achieving climate neutrality (defined as having no net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions) is currently being developed. Neutrality is achieved through conservation, renewable energy, and carbon offsets.

2011 Green Projects

  • Replaced all windows in International Hall with new energy efficient units.
  • Replaced two natural gas fired boilers with high efficient units in Facilities Building.
  • Replaced hot water heater in the Art Linkletter Natatorium with a high efficiency unit.
  • Replaced all the high bay lighting in the Physical Education Complex's Blake Arena, Dana Gym, Kresge Gym, and Racquetball Courts with efficient fluorescent lighting and motion sensors. Additionally, replaced lighting in the Combatives room and added motion control to the hallways. Project will save an estimated 140,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
  • Replaced the last of the high bay metal halide lighting on our campus with new T5 fluorescent fixtures in the Physical Education Annex as well as the Power House.
  • Replaced over 500 lighting fixtures in Locklin Hall with new high efficiency T8 fluorescent lights.

Some of the recently completed Springfield College Green Initiatives include:

  • Signed the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
  • Conducted a campus-wide energy reduction study.
  • Completed an emissions inventory for fiscal year 2007-08 and 2010-11.
  • Purchased energy-star-rated appliances.
  • Instituted a campus-wide recycling program, and expanded the recycling program to include concrete, pallets, pc’s, monitors, printers, lightbulbs, batteries, mixed paper, bottles, cans, metal, books, propane and refrigerant tanks, appliances, and cardboard.
  • Switched 70 percent of the College’s electricity supply to TransCanada, a company that has a mix of supply with less fossil fuel.
  • Replaced the heating systems in Babson Library, Allied Health Sciences Center, the Art Linkletter Natatorium, Abbey-Appleton Hall, and the Townhouses with a more efficient gas-fired system.
  • Negotiated a contract to only burn natural gas (instead of fuel oil) at the College’s central Power House and at the Physical Education Complex.
  • Removed the last buried fuel oil tank on campus (located at the Physical Education Complex).
  • Expanded the recycling initiative for the collection of mixed paper, bottles, and cans in residence halls and at large student functions.
  • Consolidated all medical waste pickups into four locations, four times per year.
  • Reduced the amount of chemicals used and stored at the Schoo-Bemis Science Center.
  • Purchased several electric-powered golf carts for use by Facilities and Campus Services (grounds, trades, student led EMT club, and post office functions).
  • Switched to Green Seal toilet tissue and 100 percent recycled paper towels.
  • Instituted purchase of cleaning chemicals in bulk. Command Centers have been installed throughout the campus where the concentrates are mixed with water, using less chemical in a safer amount.
  • Removed the turf at Stagg Field; it was shipped to a facility for recycling into products such as floor mats.
  • Reclaimed asphalt under the turf at Stagg Field; it was sent to a processing yard for use in other construction projects.
  • Removed all asbestos-containing materials at major construction projects: Hickory Hall, Judd Gymnasia, Weiser Hall, Woods Hall, the Beveridge Center, the Schoo-Bemis Science Center, and Judd Gymnasia.
  • Utilized, and will continue to utilize, an extensive landscape planting plan, including tree planting, for all construction projects.
  • Eliminated the use of hazardous chemicals and moved to a copier-based, chemical-less process in the campus Print Shop.
  • Reduced landfill debris during renovations to Hickory Hall by recycling concrete, ceiling tiles, metal, electronics, furniture, and glass.
  • Introduced a food waste composting program in Cheney Hall.
  • Compost all leaves collected on campus.
  • Disposed of all unused paints, solvents, and chemicals.
  • Removed and replanted several trees prior to construction of the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union.
  • Replaced the hot water system in Reed Hall with a more efficient unit.
  • Continued to specify new eco-friendly Kone elevators that use less energy and no oil. Two units were installed in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union and one in the Stitzer YMCA Center.

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