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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 is called Greening New York State Sixth Progress Report on State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability, Fiscal Year 2016-17, which was released by Governor Cuomo during Earth Week in April 2018.  The progress report documents achievements attained by agencies and authorities across the state during Fiscal Year 2016-17. Some of the items that were discussed as related to Farmingdale State College are the following:

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.

511 Ny 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.


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.

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.

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 (FSC) 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 (see image below) 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.

Want more information? Visit this website.

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

For more information, visit farmingdale.edu/resc.

School of Business Building

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

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.

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.