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Highlights on Current Projects and Goals

  • BCC SustainabilityEstablish a policy requiring all new campus construction to comply with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or equivalent
  • Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy, requiring the purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist
  • Implement energy efficiency programs that will increase energy efficiency while decreasing GHG emissions in, e.g., heating, cooling, lighting, pool and gymnasium maintenance, and other applicable areas
  • Implement a car-pooling and parking space program and encourage biking and public transportation use
  • Create a general education sustainability course
  • Further implementation of a green purchasing program combined with logistics for reduction in use of material goods
  • Public Safety to incorporate environmentally friendly vehicles into their fleet
  • Graduation sustainability and social justice pledge
  • We have a full blown food waste-composting program on campus. Almost all food is now composted on campus or hauled to be composted off site. Cafeteria supplies compost-friendly eat-ware. At BCC, 10 tons of food waste a year (or more) is turned into nutrient-rich soil, some of which is used in concordance with horticulture programs, the community garden, and education purposes
  • Bicycle share program. Rent a bicycle to ride to class or ride down the street to the local park. Just give Public Safety your ID, and off you go!
  • Large community garden located to the left of Ender Hall. Next to the BCC community garden is the MEVO community garden. Farther up the road is the MEVO berry patch. MEVO (Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization) and BCC have worked many times as collaborative partners. BCC supports bee hives on remote locations of campus. And from our hives we have produced BCC honey!
  • A farmers market located on campus
  • There are many native gardens on campus. We use no pesticides or fertilizers on our lawns. Our head grounds keeper, the amazing Hugh Knowlton, has the entire campus organic!
  • A green roof
  • Interesting and stimulating STEM projects such as building a small electric car, getting energy from algae, and creating off the grid structures
  • College-wide recycling program for bottles, paper, and cardboard
  • Soon to be implementing five water filter stations around campus so that students, faculty, and staff can use reusable containers instead of purchasing water in disposable bottles
  • Environmental/sustainability/renewable energy courses and seminars offered on the main campus and through continuing education
  • We have an active Green Team composed of students that do composting, recycling, and sustainability education on campus
  • Students can hop a ride to class on our BCC pedi-cab!
  • Incorporation of sustainability into the strategic planning of the college
  • And lots more! Join our efforts!