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Accomplishments

 

Buildings/Grounds

  • The LEED Platinum certified Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing was completed in April 2017 and received LEED platinum in March, 2019. See the sustainable features of the building.
  • A green plaza referred to as the Student Center Quad was developed in place of the old Crawford Science Building.
  • Student Center achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification in Spring 2014, the first campus building to receive such certification and the first Student Union/center with such certification among all HBCUs. 
  • The Student Center features: a green roof and water gardens, a trayless cafeteria, and other energy saving measures.
  • The BSU football field was upgraded from natural grass to artificial turf, thereby saving in the cost of constant watering.
  • BSU volunteers planted a campus fruit tree orchard of 25 apple and pear trees donated by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation as part of a collaboration with Vitafusion to plant 200k fruit trees worldwide by 2020.
  • The newly opened ELLC building is expected to achieve Gold or Silver LEED certification.
  • Close to 50 BSU volunteers planted a campus fruit tree orchard of 25 apple and pear trees on the tract of land between Lot L and Loop Road (near the Student Center).

Energy Efficiency

  • Completion of a Carbon Footprint Inventory of the campus to help BSU gauge the amount of carbon emission it produces and uses this yearly inventory to assist in alleviating carbon emissions throughout campus
  • Energy dashboards installed in Student Center and CNMSMN. See real time data here
  • University has retrofitted most water fountains on campus for bottle usage
  • Electric car chargers are installed as part of the Parking Lot D solar project. Additional electric charging stations are located in the ELLC parking lot.

Transportation

Recycling

  • Multi-recyclers were placed in each on campus residence hall rooms allowing students to gather recyclables from their rooms and deposit them in the campus recycle containers.
  • Recycle bins were added to lobbies of all academic buildings
  • Students participate in yearly Recyclemania national college competition.
  • Annual Shred Day events to securely destroy paper documents and the paper is recycled.  Learn more here. 
  • Implemented an university wide ink cartridge/toner recycle program.

Solar

  • BSU hosts the installation of the world’s first solar charging bus station called the SolGreen® Casini™ Power Hub located on campus between MLK and CBGS buildings
  • The University has installed a large-scale solar panel system with the help of WGL Energy which includes 4 site locations expected to generate 2 million kWh of electricity per year or roughly 10 % of the campus needs.
  • BSU has also worked with General Electric utility company to install additional solar panels on the rooftops of the Student Center and FPAC buildings which may add roughly 2% of the campus needs. The usage can be monitored on the solar energy dashboards.
  • Parking Lot I includes a large scale solar canopy that will account for about 7% of the campus energy needs.
  • University purchased Solar energy Smart Tables in various locations across campus for charging electronic devices using 100% solar energy.
  • A solar heating system was installed in the school’s swimming pool.
  • Four Big Belly solar trash compactors & recycle units operating from 100% solar energy which condenses trash near capacity and alerts grounds staff when near full to save gas on unnecessary trips to empty them.
  • See more about BSU solar projects here: https://bowiestate.edu/about/sustainability/solar-projects/index.php

Students/Events

  • Undergraduate students elected to implement a yearly sustainability fee in 2012. Learn more about the Green Fund.
  • Graduate students agreed to add a yearly sustainability fee in 2013.
  • BSU established an Earth Week Program with various green & sustainable events throughout the Earth Day week.
  • BSU created annual ‘Earth Day’ Poetry Slam
  • Student Green Ambassador group was created to work with C4 in its efforts.
  • Campus hosts an Annual Food Day Symposium in conjunction with EPA and/or county agencies
  • Students have access to Sustainability Libguide, an online library resource for sustainability

Other Notable Accomplishments

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