Green Power Partnership
|Hartwick College / Pinelake Environmental Campus|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||100.0%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Environmental Web Page|
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 borders 2,000 acres of Riddell State Park and was created in 1971. 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 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 10kw photovoltaic system was installed on Robertson Lodge to provide alternate power. Thus far, the PV system produces about 40 percent of the energy used in the Lodge. The College also purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) for the Pinelake campus.