As a campus community, we joyfully embrace the challenge to live in "right relationship" with the environment, with one another and the surrounding communities. Following the spirit of Francis of Assisi, we are committed to:
St. Bonaventure University saves an estimated $100,000 or more a year on its electric bill thanks to the Solean solar electric project, which involves the placement of hundreds of solar collection panels in area near the Buffalo Street exit of Interstate 86.
St. Bonaventure's William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center was built with adherence to a long list of sustainable building design components, from the use of groundwater for cooling to preservation of trees to reduce cooling loads in warmer months. More about Swan sustainability.
St. Bonaventure's William F. Walsh Science Center and the Friedsam Memorial Library's Rare Books addition use underground water for cooling systems, reducing the release of carbon dioxide.
The public areas of the library now have modern LED fixtures, part of a program that involves a specially designated revolving fund for energy conservation, with annual energy savings being used to fund other projects. For instance, the energy savings in the library more than offsets the energy use by the McGinley-Carney Center. Thus, McGinley-Carney is a "net-zero on campus," meaning there will be no additional energy used. This goes beyond traditional net-zero projects, which are only offset on paper by off-campus investments.
The McGinley-Carney Center itself also uses sustainable heating by using solar power and heat recovery from the nearby boiler room.
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