Welcome to ECC Going Green, Erie Community College’s green campus website. The ECC Going Green program began in 2009 as an expression of the college’s growing commitment to environmentally responsible and increasingly sustainable campus operations and to green curriculum development that will provide graduates with the environmental knowledge and skills they need to live personal and professional lifestyles that protect the natural environment upon which we all depend. Moreover, recognizing that community colleges like ECC are in the forefront of clean energy and green economy revolution, the ECC Going Green program reflects the college’s commitment to preparing and training its students for the green jobs of the future.
ECC’s green campus institutional commitment statement.
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Did You Know that ECC’s Campus Operations Have Been Going Green?
ECC facilities management and campus business offices are committed to environmentally responsible campus operations. Here are some examples of what has been going on behind the scenes at ECC to reduce the environmental and carbon footprints of running ECC's three campuses. Improvements and further progress are envisioned in the future.
A new energy policy is being implemented to better control space temperatures in ECC buildings for comfort and energy efficiency during the heating and cooling seasons.
Indoor lighting retrofits have taken place or are planned on all campuses to switch to high efficiency T-5 and T-8 fluorescent lamps which contain less mercury and consume 25% less electricity than the older fluorescent lamps they replace.
Incandescent bulbs are being replaced by compact fluorescent lights which consume 75% less energy.
Outdoor lighting is controlled by photocells and some indoor lighting is now controlled by motion detectors or timers.
Sophisticated computerized energy management systems (EMS) control the heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) systems in many buildings EMS system upgrades are planned for other buildings.
An increasing number of building HVAC systems have variable speed drives to slow down fans to save energy when full speed operation is not required.
Boilers and hot water tanks are being changed over to high efficiency or are being tuned for maximum efficiency.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
To reduce waste, ECC is eliminating a hard copy version of its campus directory (click here for the on-line directory)
ECC has a new recycling vendor, Metro Waste Paper Recovery, which is working closely with recycling committees on ECC’s three campuses to implement improved recycling of paper and cardboard and introduce beverage container recycling.
ECC is also routinely recycling old computers, waste fluorescent lamps, empty toner and printer cartridges, fryer oil from kitchens, waste motor oil and automotive chemicals, maintenance solvents, and automotive and household batteries.
Hazardous cleaning supplies have been replaced by green cleaning products and methods for general cleaning, restroom cleaning, restroom soap, floor finish, floor finishing and stripping, and glass and carpet cleaning.
The paint is latex or low emissions for volatile organic chemicals (VOCs).
Hazardous chemical wastes from campus operations and academic programs are being recycled by certified vendors or disposed of as per NYS Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines.
Alternatives to salt are being tried for outdoor ice melting.
An environmentally friendly product is being used in campus sewage lift stations to control food grease build up.