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GreenNY Lunchtime Learning: How to Build Sustainability in Your Life

An informative series of webinars hosted by the GreenNY Council. Topics will be presented by issue experts and cover the basics, such as recycling, composting, and energy efficiency, as well as topics that you may have heard about recently in the news, such as reducing single-use plastic waste. 

Webinars will take place on the second Tuesday of the month at Noon. Click here to learn more and register.

Farmingdale State College is committed to advancing Green Energy and Sustainability principles. Whether it's our research focus on solar or wind energy, hybrid cars, innovative energy storage, fuel cells, growing renewable resources like willow or bamboo, or our smart energy house, we're no strangers to the idea of protecting the environment.  In fact, we've been doing it since our creation as an agricultural college. Now, as a leading technology college, we're changing the ways to think about renewable energy.  At Farmingdale State College, we don't have to "Go Green." We've been doing it for 100 years.

Farmingdale State College is required to submit an annual progress report to the EO 4 Interagency Committee which compiles agency reports into a statewide summary. The most recent report can be found here: Greening New York State Tenth Progress Report on State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability.  The progress report documents achievements attained by agencies and authorities across the state during Fiscal Year 2020-21. Some of the items that were discussed as related to Farmingdale State College are the following:


Following a reconfiguration of campus roads, horticulture students got their hands dirty planting bioswales - essentially, runoff drainage systems that are environmentally friendly - as a class project along the campus ring road. Native plants including Iris, SweetFlag, and Hibiscus that can handle stress and don't need fertilizer were used. Working with the natural landscape underscores Farmingdale's commitment to sustainable land practices, enabling natural and built systems to work together.

Bottled Water

In an effort to further strengthen the College's commitment to sustainability, the College implemented a Bottled Water Policy in 2019 to reduce the role of bottled water on campus. Free Water Refilling Stations can be found in buildings across campus.

BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)

Bus Rapid Transit is a bus-based public transport system designed to improve capacity and reliability relative to a conventional bus system. BRT aims to combine the capacity and speed of a train with the flexibility, lower cost and simplicity of a bus system. Check the BRT schedule and tell Suffolk County what your transportation needs are through this survey.

Our Water, Our Lives

ALL of the water used by Long Islanders for drinking, washing, watering lawns and all other purposes comes from groundwater contained in sand and gravel aquifers beneath the land surface. Think of them as giant underground sponges saturated with water. Pledge to conserve water.

511NY Rideshare Portal

The Farmingdale State College Rideshare Portal service helps the campus community find carpools, vanpools, bicycle buddies and alternative transit options.  On the portal, you can quickly create a profile and find members of the campus community who have similar travel routes and patterns and with whom you can share a ride. The system also lets you easily send potential rideshare partners an e-mail or give them a call. Your profile preferences will determine what information is shared with potential rideshare partners. Visit the Farmingdale State College Rideshare portal for more information.

LI Mobility Week

Sponsored by the US Building Council LI, LI Mobility Week showcases participatory events across LI that showcase commitment to clean and sustainable transportation options.

Links to webinars and virtual events from the 2020 Sustainable Transportation Showcase can be found here.

NICE (Nassau County Inter-county Express)

As part of our dedication to serving the public, NICE purchases environmentally friendly equipment and adopts initiatives and programs that help us reduce our environmental impact on our county, our region, and our planet.

Caps and Gowns

For the last 15 years, the College bookstore has used Oak Hall to supply sustainable caps and gowns to the campus. Caps and gowns are made of 100% post consumer plastic bottles. Over 4,100,000 students have worn GreenWeaver regalia at their commencement, resulting in millions of plastic bottles being removed from landfills.

Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Our future is at stake. That's why New York State is committed to the most aggressive clean energy and climate agenda in the country.

In 2019, we passed the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) to empower every New Yorker to fight climate change at home, at work, and in their communities.

Hybrid and EV Cars

The campus owns three Hybrid and EV cars that faculty and staff have access to for state-related business travel. These vehicles include a 2013 Nissan Leaf, a 2013 Toyota Prius, and a 2013 Chevy Volt.

Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling Program

The phrase 'Green Then. Green Now.' reflects Farmingdale's proud history of environmental stewardship since its founding in 1912. To support that legacy, Farmingdale State College has joined a national program called Call2Recycle™ to conveniently recycle used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones generated on Campus. This program will strengthen and enhance FSC's existing recycling programs by providing more convenient and safe disposal options for these particular waste streams to the Campus Community.

Participating in this new program is easy - simply bring your spent/old/unwanted rechargeable batteries and/or old cell phones to any of the locations on Campus where a Call2Recycle™ collection box has been set up, follow the packaging instructions that are posted at each box location and on each box itself and you're done! It's that simple.

Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center

The mission of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center is to enhance public awareness of emerging renewable energy resources through a focus on applied research and workforce training in the renewable/sustainable and smart grid technologies.

This mission is achieved through the following objectives:

  • Promote applied research in Renewable/Sustainable and Smart Grid Technologies
  • Create a forum for FSC faculty to develop collaborative research grant proposals in energy related projects and share resources
  • Collaborate with engineering professional societies as well as the local and regional academic institutions to offer technical seminars and short courses to industry professionals and public in the area of energy, sustainability and engineering education
  • Show case Long Island's first Smart Energy House in conjunction with PSEG Long Island, with a focus on smart grid technology, building automation and integration of renewable energy resources
  • Implement live demonstration models emulating customer-owned equipment on renewable energy resources (e.g., wind, solar, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles), with smart grid technology and real time displays
  • Develop “STEM” K-16 student research and training programs for students and teachers, with the goal of integration of energy related projects and curriculum modules into K-16 curriculum
  • Develop certificate–level training programs in renewable energy resources for green technology entrepreneurs as well as the industry workforce
  • Synergize and incorporate the activities of the Solar Energy Center, Green Building Institute and IRTT into Long Island's Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC) with focus on solar, small scale wind, geothermal, fuel cell, green data centers, alternative fuel vehicles and smart grids

School of Business Building

Designed to qualify for LEED Silver Certification, the School of Business building incorporates high efficiency heating, cooling, and lighting systems as well as occupancy sensors.  Even the classroom equipment saves money and energy - TVs are installed in the classrooms rather than projectors which emanate more energy.  The building's energy efficiency performance exceeds New York State's requirements by 30%.


FSC's campus shuttle connects to the Village of Farmingdale LIRR station.

Smart Energy House

This 2,000 square foot house has been equipped with smart appliances controlled by a smart meter, so that owners of such homes can monitor the house's energy use at any time, both in and out of the home.  It is powered by solar PV and solar thermal (to supply hot water).  There are even plans to install a renewable-energy treadmill in one of the bedrooms.

Solar Carport

The Solar Carport / Charging Station is a major component of the $24 million Long Island Smart Energy Corridor funded by $12 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, with institutional commitments matching that amount.  The carport / charging station is located in a main student parking lot near Lupton Hall.  It accommodates 20 electric-charged vehicles at a time, draws its power from 290 solar panels on the roof, and produces approximately 100 kilowatts of electricity.  From late May 2013 to late August 2013 (twelve weeks), 35,015 kWh were generated by the solar carport, resulting in a savings to the college of over $6,500.  The facility - the first of its kind within SUNY - is the result of collaboration with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the U.S. Department of Energy, and Stony Brook University.

Sustainable Garden

The Sustainable Garden is a one-half acre demonstration garden within the department's Teaching Gardens focusing on contemporary strategies and practices relating to responsible resource use, conservation and innovation, product development and food production.

Tree Campus Higher Education Designation

Farmingdale State College is honored to have earned Tree Campus Higher Education recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for the third year in a row. This program celebrates colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

To obtain this distinction, the campus has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus Higher Education, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service learning projects.

Wind Turbines

Three wind turbines, located near silos which reflect the college's agricultural origins, are expected to contribute about 7.2 kW to the campus electric grid.  LIPA's Smart Meter allows frequent monitoring of the electricity generated.




Horton Hall, Room 160

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Dorothy Hughes
Committee Chair


Douglas LoPalo
Acting Assistant Director of Operational Staff & Management


Jeffrey Carter
Environmental Health & Safety Officer


Jonathan Goldstein
Senior Director of Marketing


Marjaneh Issapour
Associate Dean, Innovation & Econ Dev in Sustainable Energy


Marya Howell-Carter
Psychology Chair 


Orla Smyth-LoPiccolo
 Architecture & Construction Chair

Last Modified 6/7/22