Sustainability Grant

2012 Sustainability Grant Information now Available

2011-12 Sustainability Grant Winners

The evaluation group of the Sustainability Committee (Mike Albright, Stacey Moegenburgh, and Joseph Zurovchack) has released their 2011-12 Sustainability Grant Application decisions. Below, find a listing of all applications submitted in AY 11-12 and the decisions.

$ 500 awarded to Susan Slater-Tanner for ECO Art: Recycled Paper for Sculptural Paper Making”     (full funding-see RATIONALE and COMMENTS in “2011-12 Sustainability Grant Application Decisions” document below).

 “Paper is a part of everyday life and with its physical properties and conveniences satisfies a human need not yet filled solely by the digital world. In fact, the use of office paper has increased rather than decreased over the last several decades as a result of the “information revolution.” (

  • As our copy room proudly displays the sign “Over 542,000 copies are produced every month” one is amazed at the productivity of our one room copy shop! Even more amazing is the consequence of that statistic—where do all those copies go post consumer/student/faculty/staff? One may wonder how much can a few tests and hand outs really amount to? What can we actually do to re-use and reduce the ocean of paper filling our waste baskets daily?
  • In conjunction with “Sculpture for a New Century” a sculptural exhibition scheduled for our Newburgh Campus from June 5 through September 30, 2012; The Arts and Communication Department will offer a one credit special topic course Sculptural Paper and Papermaking. (please see attached)

    While we could easily purchase prepared paper pulp from a number of metro area studios-- recycling our own waste paper not only speaks to the Sustainability Committee’s “practice of undertaking measures that can be easily and quickly enacted”, it also engages students directly in the discussion of awareness and responsibility.
  • By harvesting on-site shredded waste paper, this specific class would be made aware of the recycled paper making process as well as the positive environmental impact of class.
  • Briefly; by recycling just one pound of shredded office paper the class could claim a Net Energy gain of 15,000 BTUs per lb. The class would save.11,000 BTUs of purchased energy per pound and cut GHG by 2.7485lbs of Co2 per pound of recycled office paper. 9.9245 gallons of wastewater would be saved per pound as well as .886 pounds of Solid Waste per pound of recycled office paper.
  • Further savings regarding typical transportation emissions, carton packaging general used on fine art quality paper would be eliminated. These numbers may represent a modest savings in actual dollars, cents and overall sustainability; but they represent the beginning of a new dialogue in how the Arts and Communication Department could participate in the campus wide discussion of Sustainability and Curriculum Inventory.

    This special topics course could offer a productive starting point that can be expanded into more routine offering of “eco-friendly” art classes fusing ecological responsibility with artistic creativity.

To see this proposal in its entirety, click here: Applications_11-12\Eco-Art_Slater-Tanner.pdf

(If you require a more accessible version of the document above, or any of the other documents on this page, please contact John Wetzstein at 845-341-4762.)

$ 1,000 awarded to Stephanie Herfel and Sarah Gardner for “Go Green in the Greenhouse Campaign” (Partial funding of $2,970 request- see RATIONALE and COMMENTS in “2011-12 Sustainability Grant Application Decisions” document below).

Newburgh Campus Library seeks funding for a Go Green in the Greenhouse campaign to recruit students, faculty, staff, and community members to garner support to start our greenhouse.  The program will feature a lecture series, a mural and writing contest, student and club displays, and table demonstrations for the purpose of increasing student awareness of the college’s sustainability goals.

Special emphasis will be placed on starting a greenhouse garden adjacent to the library on the south side of Kaplan Hall. Grant funding will assist with acquiring quality guest speakers, supplies and prizes for contests, library materials, and modest printing costs for flyers to promote this event.

To see this proposal in its entirety, click here:  

$1,500 awarded to Monty Vacura for “Facilities Diesel Generator in coordination with future Biodiesel Fuel Kit” (funding for Phase 2 only, contingent upon institutional support for Phase 1- see RATIONALE and COMMENTS in “2011-12 Sustainability Grant Application Decisions” document below).

Phase 1: Purchase a Freedom Fueler Deluxe with Drywash biodiesel kit.  SUNY Orange will eventually supplement its petro-diesel usage by 20%.  We will be able to convert our used cooking oil and fat from the cafeteria into biodiesel.

Phase 2: Purchase a Pro-Series 7000 Peak Watt Silent Diesel Portable Generator to coincide with the purchase of a biodiesel production kit. This would allow us as a college community to produce our biodiesel on sight and use it to produce power for charging our electric security carts.

To see this proposal in its entirety, click here:

$0 awarded to Mary Ann McGinnis-Adamo for “Green Operations for Dental Hygiene Clinic” (See RATIONALE and COMMENTS in “2011-12 Sustainability Grant Application Decisions” document below).

The Dental Hygiene Clinic is in the process of converting to electronic records and use of digital radiography for all patients.  The Dental Hygiene program has been committed to addressing the sustainability goals of the College over the last several years.  We have replaced sterilization equipment and chemicals with more eco-friendly methods, reduced paper and barriers where possible.  We will continue to implement feasible measures to contribute to the goals of the Strategic Plan while serving our patients and students.

This project is part of a long term plan to increase sustainable operations on the On-Campus Dental Hygiene Clinic.  The initial efforts addressed in this grant funding request are:

  • Faculty membership to the Eco-Dentistry Association.
  • Purchase of a laptop computer and accessories.
  • Funding to purchase and assess alternative more biodegradable supplies for barriers.

$0 awarded to Stephanie Herfel and Sarah Gardner for “Digital Scanners for the College Libraries” (see RATIONALE and COMMENTS in “2011-12 Sustainability Grant Application Decisions” document below).

This proposal is for scanner hardware and software for the College Libraries, one for each campus. Each one would be located at a dedicated workstation, and would enable students and faculty to digitize print material of all kinds and to save the digital copies to flash drives, e-mail or mobile devices.

The proposal is related to Sustainability Goal 4, expanding the College’s efforts to reduce solid waste, since it would dramatically reduce the consumption of paper by photocopiers. It also supports Goal 3, infusing sustainability topics into and alongside the curriculum. Availability of the scanners and active promotion of their use would raise awareness of the importance, as well as the ease, of conserving paper.

It also supports Goal 7, chronicling statistics and data that document the College’s sustainability progress. The declining use of paper at the Library site photocopiers (relative to enrollment) can be documented. Although more difficult to quantify, scanning to digital copies would also reduce energy use and improve indoor air quality.

To see this proposal in its entirety, click here:  

To see the “2011-2012 Sustainability Grant Application Decision” document in its entirety click here: Applications_11-12\Sustainability Grant Application Decisions 2011-12.pdf