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Everyone at ECC – students, faculty, and staff -- can do something to help the college reduce its environmental and carbon footprints and thus its adverse impacts on the natural environment.  Here are actions you can take:

Conserve Energy

There are many ways for students, staff and faculty to help ECC reduce energy waste and thus directly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. For example:

1. Lights

Turn off unused or unneeded lights.
Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible.
If you have a desk lamp, make sure it uses fluorescent bulbs (instead of incandescent bulbs).
Do not use halogen floor lamps in any campus building. These lamps are very energy wasteful and are dangerous due to the temperature of the bulb.

2. Heating and Cooling

Dress appropriate to the season and keep thermostats at 68 degrees in the winter and 76 degrees for air-conditioned spaces in the summer.
During the heating season, open blinds, drapes and curtains to let sun in or, if no sun, close them to keep the heat in. Always close at night.
During the cooling season close blinds, drapes and curtains to block the sun.
Use hot water sparingly.

3. Windows and Doors

Unless you are handicapped, do not use automatic handicap doors.
Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air conditioned areas.
Close vestibule doors when they are propped open.

4. Computers

Turn off computers when they are not in use.
Turn off printers, especially laser printers, unless printing.
Make sure the power management features in your computer are enabled so that the computer goes into a low energy “sleep mode” when not actively in use.

5. Other Equipment

Purchase only energy-efficient models.
Turn off all energy consuming office and research equipment when not in use, e.g., copiers, refrigerators, ovens, environmental rooms, fume hoods, etc.

6. Complaints, Ideas, Suggestions Welcome!

Report energy waste or your energy conservation ideas to ECC facilities management by contacting Tony Nesci, ECC Director of Maintenance at or 851-1449.

Reduce Waste

1. Reduce your Paper Waste

Think before you point or photocopy! Print and copy as little as possible.
Edit on screen, not on paper.
Save to flash drive instead of printing on paper.
Faculty can provide course materials on a flash drive or use ECC ANGEL to provide course materials on-line.
Use e-mail to minimize paper use.
Use on-line ECC directory and regional phone books instead of hard copy.
Use on-line ECC catalogue and course listing.
Send and store documents electronically instead of on paper.
When you must print or copy, do it double sided.
Designate a box for scrap paper and use it for printing all drafts or unofficial documents.
Circulate documents instead of making and individual copy for everyone.
Reuse envelopes by placing a new label over the old address.
For campus mail, only use reusable campus mail envelopes.
Condense mailing lists so they include only truly interested parties.

2. Practice Reuse

Before buying new office furniture, see what used furniture is available for free by contacting Joel Damiani, Coordinator of ECC Institutional Services, or 851-1405.
Also send gently used (and thus reusable) manila or hanging file folders, staplers, tape dispensers, clipboards, hole punchers, index dividers, etc. that you no longer need to Joel Damiani for reuse. Check with him for used products of this type before buying new.


  1. 1. Recycle paper in the bins that are provided or make your own bin from an empty paper box that you clearly label “recycled paper.” Periodically empty your recycled paper bin into a nearby blue recycling tote.

  2. 2. Coming soon: public area recycling stations that will allow you to recycle beverage containers as well as paper and cardboard.

  3. 3. If you want to help ECC expand its recycling program contact the recycling committee on your campus to get involved on the recycling committee. Click here for contact information.

  4. 4. If you need additional recycling bins, contact Elaine Gross, Building and Grounds Administrative Assistant, at or 270-5178.

  5. 5. ECC will recycle your household batteries from home for you! To recycle them, place them in a reusable campus mail envelope and send via campus mail to Joel Damiani, Coordinator of ECC Institutional Services, 100C Nunan Building, North Campus. Enclose a note stating that these are your personal batteries from home and you wish them to be recycled and Joel will take care of the rest.

Travel Lightly with Green Transportation Alternatives

To reduce commuting impacts, consider carpooling, taking public transit, or in good weather bicycling to campus.
Carpooling is best arranged by talking to your friends and colleagues who share your schedule and route, though also consider linking up with a carpooler via GoodGoing WNY.
NFTA bus and light rail schedules and route maps can be found here,

Hazardous Materials

1. Laboratory Tips Students can...

Use as small an amount of chemicals as possible by following instructions and being exact when weighing out starting materials in labs.
Reuse cleaning solvents like acetone for initial cleaning of dirty glassware, using fresh solvent for the final rinse only.
Prepare chemical waste for disposal as per instructions in the hazardous waste management program.
Never pour hazardous chemicals down the drains.

Instructors can...

Always provide proper waste minimization and disposal instructions to students.
Redesign experiments to minimize hazardous chemical waste and to replace toxic reagents with less hazardous substitutes.
Order reagents in exact amount, to avoid the need to dispose of leftovers.
Distill and recycle solvents for use in demonstrations.
Make sure chemical sure clearly and properly labeled.

2. Art and Photography Tips

Use non-toxic, biodegradable art supplies whenever possible.
Replace oil-based paints with water-based paints.
Modify spray painting techniques to minimize over-spraying.
Use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaners wherever possible.
Minimize use of cleaning solvents for brush cleaning, by reusing dirty solvents for first rinse and fresh solvents for final rinse only.

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