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Campus Plantings:

Check out our Campus Plantings Tour at: www.sunyorange.edu/plantings

Check out the International Tree Tour of our Middletown Campus at: www.sunyorange.edu/inttreetour

Kaplan Hall Sustainability by Design

When Orange County and SUNY Orange decided to go green with their new college building, the planning committee looked beyond the campus borders. The Kaplan
Hall design team put sustainable principles into practice, earning LEEDTM Gold and $370,555 in NYSERDA grants for Orange County and SUNY Orange.

Check out the brochure here: Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange (PDF)

SUNY Orange posts interim Climate Action Plan

As part of its obligation to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, SUNY Orange has posted an interim Climate Action Plan that outlines measures the College has already taken, as well as actions the College plans to implement, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, the College has begun the process of developing a more detailed, comprehensive CAP that will include short-term and long-term reduction goals.

Links to:

American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment Website.

Interim Climate Action Plan Website

College Earns "Bronze" Sustainability Rating via STARS

Further demonstrating its commitment to improving College-wide sustainability practices, SUNY Orange has earned a "bronze" rating for a recently completed yearlong self-study as part of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

SUNY Orange, a charter member of the STARS program and an early signee of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, continues to strengthen its sustainability resume through such projects as constructing sustainable buildings, reducing its environmental footprint, and injecting green technologies and topics into its curriculum.

STARS participants report achievements in the areas of: education and research; operations; and planning, administration and engagement. Participants earn credits for a variety of areas within each evaluation category, and the credits are compiled into a final rating. SUNY Orange accumulated score of 35.45 (out of a possible 100) in the review process.

"We are pleased with our ranking. We expected to fall somewhere in the bronze or silver level, and that’s where we are," says Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. "Through this process, we learned where we are strong and where we can get better. We have made a long-term commitment toward improving our sustainability program, and going through this intensive process was very worthwhile. We expect to make great strides in the coming years. As our program grows, we are confident that our future STARS ratings will improve as well."

Read more here

Sustainability Grant Information

The Sustainability Grant web page provides information about the funding for projects designed to encourage, advance and improve sustainability at SUNY Orange.  Download the application and funding rubric from the Get Involved page (use the link on the left).


These grants are available to help faculty, staff and students fund sustainability-related projects that will support SUNY Orange's sustainability Master Plan, address the committee's strategic priorities for the current academic year, enhance the curriculum and reduce the College's impact on the environment.

Grants are available to faculty and staff members, as well as student clubs and organizations. However, any student submissions must be supported by a faculty advisor or mentor.

For more information, contact Kirsten Gabrielsen at kirsten.gabrielsen@sunyorange.edu.

SUNY Orange Wins MetroPool's "Race to the Finish"

The College signed up more new enrollees than any other participant. Read more.


From constructing sustainable buildings to reducing its environmental footprint to injecting green technologies and topics into its curriculum, SUNY Orange is fully committed to sustainability.

In the two short years since SUNY Orange began a concerted effort to significantly strengthen its sustainability resume, much progress has been made.

SUNY Orange has signed on as part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment†. The Board of Trustees has made College-wide sustainability one of the five strategic priorities in the College’s updated Strategic Plan 2009-2014, and just this January the SUNY Orange governance system approved elevating the College’s ad-hoc sustainability committee to a standing committee, further strengthening the institution’s commitment to ensuring sustainable practices are infused into all areas of the College.

But perhaps the most important step SUNY Orange has taken to date is the creation of a Sustainability Master Plan, which is currently in draft form until it is approved by the Board of Trustees.

The wide-ranging plan establishes a road map for how SUNY Orange can broaden its sustainability programs while also:

  • infusing systemic changes campus-wide that will create a more efficient and environmentally friendly Middletown campus;
  • creating a campus “culture” of environmental stewardship via programming that stresses outreach, education and awareness; and
  • raising the “Sustainability IQ” of students, faculty and staff through ongoing programs that promote current trends, the College’s “green” procedures and ways that the College community can become involved.

Links marked with the following symbol † are links to external web sites. Following these links will take you away from the SUNY Orange Web site. The college cannot be responsible for the contents of these external web sites, although the web pages linked to here have been reviewed and are recommended by members of the SUNY Orange Sustainability Committee.