Sustainability Project at CSI
The College of Staten Island (CSI) is accelerating its efforts to protect the environment and develop sustainable and responsible patterns of development.
First and foremost, CSI is an active participant in Chancellor Goldstein’s University Sustainability Council, which is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all campus buildings by 30 percent over the next decade.
Campus-wide, CSI has developed recycling centers in each building and is striving to become a paperless campus.
The College is exploring the possibility of converting used cooking oil into biodiesel, a substance, that when added to diesel fuel, reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The use of biodiesel can limit atmospheric pollution from the College’s heavy equipment, as well as the temporary lighting towers throughout campus that are diesel-fired. CSI is also exploring the acquisition of a hybrid bus for use on campus.
CSI also believes that a recently introduced pilot program featuring non-stop bus service between the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the campus will reduce the College community’s reliance on automobiles. The program will become permanent in the fall.
Cumulatively, the College believes that these initiatives–and others–will help the CSI campus and Staten Island to create a sustainable energy environment. As stewards of this site, members of the campus community are making important strides and look forward to introducing other innovations to protect our environment and brighten our future.