Stony Brook ranked #4 in Environmentally Responsible Universities

The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges ranked Stony Brook University #4 in environmentally responsible universities. Reasons cited included recycling the most e-waste during RecycleMania 2013 and 2014, multiple solar installations, the use of biodegradable food packaging and energy efficiencies such as:

  • Energy performance contracts have been utilized to implement a variety of building energy efficiency initiatives (such as lighting, HVAC), and have saved over $31 million since 2006-07
  • University uses energy efficient lighting, including LED, induction and fluorescent fixtures, as well as occupancy sensors in a variety of locations on campus.

As part of this initiative, the Melville Library has been equipped with occupancy sensors to automatically turn out lights when rooms are not occupied. The Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition is downloadable at


Janet Clarke

Janet Clarke

Associate Dean, Research & User Engagement at Stony Brook University Libraries
Janet Clarke
Posted in Melville Library, Sustainability