Sustainability at Binghamton University
Because it requires knowledge from every field, sustainability at Binghamton University isn't based in a single department. Instead, it spans the University to unite creative thinkers from across campus and throughout our community.
Commitment to sustainability
In 2009, Binghamton joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.
Together with AASHE, Binghamton University works to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges.
In 2009, Binghamton published its Climate Action Plan (2.2mb .pdf), a road map for achieving zero-carbon emissions on campus by 2050.
- In 2016, Binghamton University added a master's program in sustainable communities to its curriculum.
- In 2014, Binghamton University broke ground for the construction of a $70 million, 114,000 square-foot smart energy research and development facility at the Innovative Technologies Complex. This building will serve as a home for research in clean-energy production, utilization and efficiencies.
- In 2013, Binghamton identified five transdisciplinary areas of excellence (TAEs), areas of focus for research and scholarship in which the University has significant existing strength and can achieve international prominence. Two TAEs relate to sustainability:
- In 2011, the Newing College residential community re-opened with a commitment to green living.
- In 2010, the University's Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science added a minor in sustainability engineering to our undergraduate degree offerings.