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Junior Petar Odazhiev quit his internship position at the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability after leadership staff either resigned or were fired.

Environmental sustainability suffers from loss of leadership

By Lorien Tyne, Assistant News Editor February 16, 2022
Environmental efforts at IC are deteriorating, according to campus members who have experienced a lack of staffing support in sustainability efforts.
According to Second Nature, the organization the college reports its carbon data to, the college emitted a total gross of 23,673 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) in 2017.

College’s carbon footprint projected to decline 45 percent

By Krissy Waite, Staff Writer September 19, 2018
At the All-College Gathering on Aug. 23, Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado announced that the college’s carbon footprint is projected to drop by 45 percent this academic year. This decrease in overall carbon output is part of the college’s previous pledge to be completely carbon neutral by the year 2050.
Greg Lischke, director of energy management and sustainability, and Nga Ruckdeschel, a sophomore sociology major,  listen to one of the three finalists for the sustainability coordinator position who were brought onto campus for open interviews in late January and early February.

Ithaca College hires a new sustainability coordinator

By Meaghan McElroy, Staff Writer February 21, 2017
“I’m glad that we got someone that seems very excited and has experience,” Enderle said.
Senior Josh Enderle, program manager of Eco-Reps, said he hopes the college community gains a lasting culture of recycling and composting from participating in Recyclemania.

Ithaca College to participate in nationwide recycling contest

By Sophie Johnson, Assistant News Editor February 1, 2017
This will be the college’s 12th year participating in Recyclemania, a competition encouraging schools to reduce waste on their campuses.
Ithaca College announced March 30 that as of February 2018, the college has transitioned to clean energy and will only be purchasing through Green-e certified wind farms.

Ithaca College solar array is officially operational

By Sophie Johnson, Assistant News Editor December 24, 2016
The college is not receiving the energy produced from the array directly — it is dispersed in the New York State power grid.
Greg Lischke, director of the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability, said the college is on track with its plan for carbon neutrality by 2050, but the planet will likely reach a temperature threshold by 2030.

Q&A: New IC sustainability director discusses future goals

By Sophie Johnson, Staff Writer September 13, 2016
Now in his first semester as director of energy management and sustainability at Ithaca College, Greg Lischke says he plans to increase student involvement in sustainability programs and that the college has some renewable energy projects in early stages.
As Tompkins County experiences the worst drought since monitoring began in 2000, Ithaca College is increasing its efforts to conserve water, both through the Office of Facilities and The Office of Residential Life. One of the measures facilities has taken is  a 50 percent reduction of the height of the Dillingham Fountain.

Severe drought persists in Ithaca as students return to campus

By Daniel Hart, Staff Writer August 31, 2016
With over 25,000 students returning to the Ithaca area, Ithaca College is in the process of assessing long- and short-term water conservation efforts in the midst of the worst drought in Tompkins County since 1999. Despite recent rain, the drought is still in effect.
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