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 will save an estimated $100,000 or more a year on its electric bill thanks to a new solar electric project being developed in Olean.
BQ Energy of Poughkeepsie, a leader in developing renewable energy on brownfields and landfills, will construct a pair of 2.7-megawatt solar arrays on a 24-acre portion (Parcel 3) of the Olean Gateway Site off Buffalo Road near Interstate 86.
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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.
Learn more about the Swan Business Center's sustainable design components.
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.
Lighting in public areas of the library now has modern LED fixtures. This is the first project in a program that involves a specially designated revolving fund for energy conservation. $100,000 will be repaid by the energy savings in two years so other projects can be undertaken.
The lighting was planned in conjunction with the new Ministry center construction. The energy savings within the library will more than offset the energy use by the McGinley-Carney Center. In this way, the new building is "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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