Sustainability is quickly emerging as the defining challenge of the 21st century. As a leading technical college and a community devoted to civic engagement and service, Alfred State has both a responsibility and an opportunity to lead the sustainability transformation.
Alfred State is pioneering sustainability in our academic and co-curricular programs to prepare our graduates to succeed in fast-growing sectors of the economy such as renewable energy, green building, hybrid and electric vehicles, and sustainable agriculture. Consistent with our educational focus on sustainability, we also work to model sustainability in campus operations.
Our approach to sustainability is outlined in our sustainability and carbon neutrality plan, Pioneering Sustainability. The plan, which was developed as part of our commitment as a proud signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, includes a commitment to eliminate or neutralize our direct carbon emissions by 2040.
The ultimate goal of sustainability is to improve quality of life for current generations without compromising the quality of life for future generations. Find out how you can get involved with sustainability efforts on campus.
Looking to the future, York said, “My end vision is to completely eliminate single-use plastic bags on Alfred State’s campus and create a sustainably minded culture while doing so.”
“The college has a long history of being a leader in sustainability, including classroom instruction, building a Zero Energy Home on the Wellsville campus, and leading a $2.8 million NYSERDA grant on clean energy training across New York State,” said Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development at Alfred State. “We look forward to continuing to lead through the REV process.”
Through evaluating building-by-building benchmarks, the college as a whole performed very well in the Preliminary Energy Analysis report which was not weather-normalized. According to the analysis, out of seven similar-sized SUNY campuses, Alfred State’s energy consumption is noticeably lower than five of them, and ties results for first place.
A number of environmentally conscious efforts have been or are being implemented at Alfred State.
“This was an excellent opportunity for Alfred State and Alfred University students to display their talents and abilities on a national scale,” Richardson said. “They were also able to receive a valuable hands-on learning experience unlike any other, which will undoubtedly benefit them in their careers once they graduate.”
“I cannot express how proud I am of the students, for their exemplary work ethic, professionalism, attention to detail, and overall excellence throughout the entire project,” Stevens says. “The students have demonstrated Alfred’s excellence in education.”
The newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus—a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.
Team Alfred designed their home to go beyond what previous decathlon homes had done, combining cutting-edge engineering with traditional Chinese architecture, and they succeeded, walking away with a first-place award in energy balance and an incredible hands-on work experience.