Green Initiatives at SUNY Oswego

Solar at SUNY Oswego:

The Shineman Center has a 36kW photovoltaic solar array installed on the roof.  The term "solar photovoltaic" refers to a kind of solar panel commonly found on residential structures.  Solar photovoltaic panels convert sunlight into electrical current that can be used in the structure.  The solar array is the first photovoltaic installation SUNY Oswego has completed and was installed during the summer of 2013.  The design intent of this photovoltaic project was to be a leader in sustainable development by demonstrating the capabilities of solar to our campus and community, monitor system performance in academic environments, and respond to student demand for a progressive and sustainable campus culture.


Water Conservation at SUNY Oswego:

SUNY Oswego has made several initiatives toward reducing campus water consumption.  When The Village was constructed on campus, it was designed to utilize dual-flush toilets (a variation of the flush toilet that uses two buttons or handles to flush different levels of water) and low-flow shower faucets (a water saving shower head typically rated at 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less) have been installed throughout the campus dormitory showers.


Geothermal at SUNY Oswego:

The Shineman Center was designed to utilize a geothermal system for heating and cooling.  In the summer of 2011, two hundred and forty-two wells were drilled.  Each well was four hundred and ninety-nine feet deep.  At the time of construction, the geothermal system was considered the largest system in the state (based on total feet of installed pipe).


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) at SUNY Oswego:

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Bike Sharing at SUNY Oswego:

Our Purpose: The Bicycle Sharing Organization was formed to provide reliable bicycle access to members of the campus community.Our main intentions are to encourage sustainable transportation, reduce commuter parking congestion, and provide resources for members to engage in physical activity.

Our Process: Bikes are given out for up to one academic semester in duration. In order to request a bicycle, interested parties need to become a member of the Bicycle Sharing Organization by contacting Jason MacLeod at, and signing the organizational agreement forms.  All registered students who have paid their SA fee are eligible, however, that does not guarantee you will receive a bike.  Bikes are given out by request on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Terms and Conditions:

1. All bikes are the exclusive property of SUNY Oswego's Bicycle Sharing Organization.

2. A lock will be provided with each bike and must remain with that bike at all times. Bikes should
be locked whenever they are not being used.

3. Bikes are permitted to be used on or off campus.

4. Members may share their bikes freely; however, they are solely liable for their bike.

5. Members who have either lost or returned bikes with unreasonable or grossly negligent
damages may forfeit their future rights to membership in this organization.

For more information on the Bicycle Sharing Organization, or biking at Oswego in general, please email
 us at


Composting at SUNY Oswego:

Planned for the Fall of 2015, our composting program will replicate the system already in place at the University of Buffalo.  The EcoSmart system will take all of the pre and post-consumer waste generated by the five dining halls  at SUNY Oswego and turn them into a dry, stable and storable soil amendment for use on our campus and in our community garden!  This system allows us to compost not just scrap waste, but meats, dairy, grease and paper products in a highly efficient, pest and odor free environment - right on campus!  The system works by first grinding the waste material and then dehydrating it into a product that looks like wood chips and can be added to soil to increase the nitrogen and nutrient levels.  Not only will this reduce our on-campus waste by over three to four tons per week, but it allow every student on campus to contribute to the reduction of our impact on the planet.

For more information on the system, the program and composting in general, please email us at