The college is not receiving the energy produced from the array directly — it is dispersed in the New York State power grid.
Faculty and students gathered at the Center for Faculty Excellence to discuss ways to incorporate sustainability into their course curricula.
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.
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.
An unofficial “sustainability working group” plans to propose four bills to the Student Government Association by the end of the Spring 2016 semester — a sharp decline from its original plan of 18 bills.
The Student Government Association Senate passed four bills at the April 18 meeting, two of which seek to implement “environmental betterment” efforts on campus as part of a larger package of sustainability-related bills.
As a result of an aging campus, the college has seen a buildup of deferred maintenance, which has exceeded $200 million in recent years. Deferred maintenance covers issues like cracks in concrete, or loose handrails or aging mechanical equipment, grouping projects into an agenda according to when they should be finished.
In recent years, a number of Ithaca College employees have found that the next big step in their careers was just 30 miles away. Five former Ithaca College administrative and staff members have left to take jobs at Wells College in the past two years.