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Hartwick College / Pinelake Environmental Campus
Location Oneonta, NY
Organization Type Education (Higher)
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 148,737
Percentage Green Power 100%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Partner No
Partner's Reporting Period 4/18/2014 - 4/17/2015
Latest Annual Report Received On 10/8/2014
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
Partner Profile
Hartwick College has a long history of environmental awareness and action. The Pine Lake Institute (PLI) for Environmental and Sustainability Studies was established in 2007 to set an example for the College and community in practicing the art of living sustainably. The Institute manages the 125-acre Pine Lake Environmental Campus (PLEC), which was created in 1971, and borders 2,443 acres of Robert V. Riddell State Park. PLEC offers students a unique living and learning laboratory for sustainability where ecological principles such as energy conservation, organic gardening, composting, waste reduction, and recycling are practiced every day. Students have also designed and built two natural buildings--a Strawbale House and Cob House--as residential models of ecological design using locally available materials. About 35 students live sustainability at the PLEC during the academic year. In fall 2006, a 10 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system (PV) was installed on Robertson Lodge to provide alternate power. Thus far, the PV system produces about 33 percent of the energy used in the Lodge. The College also purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) for the Pine Lake campus. In 2011, Pine Lake installed a Clivus Multrum composting toilet system in the Vaudevillian multipurpose building. This Fall 2014, Pine Lake Environmental Campus began leasing a 2015 Nissan Leaf - an all electric vehicle for Hartwick students to shuttle between the 2 campuses.


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