- All lighting is replaced in Biemesderfer Executive Center, Chryst Hall, Duncan Alumni House, Gordinier Hall and Lebanon House.
- The existing Energy Management System has been expanded and upgraded in Gordinier Hall, Hash/ Bassler, Lyle Hall, McComsey Hall, Pucillo Gym, and Roddy Hall.
- Dilworth Building and Roddy Hall’s HVAC equipment has been replaced and upgraded.
- All lighting is replaced in Breidenstine, Brooks, Caputo, Jefferson and Roddy Halls.
- Electric boilers have been replaced with gas-fired boilers in, Breidenstine, Gordinier, Lyle, and Roddy Halls.
- Chemical pool covers were installed at Brooks and Pucillo Halls.
- Caputo Hall’s three (3) chillers were replaced.
- We use perennials over annuals in our landscape designs. This practice does not disturb the soil every year and helps to keep the nutrients in the soil.
- The use of Pennsylvania native plants that thrive in their native habitat provide a source of food for animals and insects in the area.
- Currently in use at the Winter Center, McComsey Hall and Stayer Education Building are rain gardens, which filtrates water to the water table. The proposed first phase of the new dorm project will also contain three rain gardens. Barrels are used to collect rain for watering plants. Rain water dissipation practices alleviate landscape issues of washing away ground cover and topsoil. We’ve implemented decorative stone washout areas that dissipate and filter the water.
- We are currently experimenting with chicken manure on our sand-based athletic fields. This process will help add some organic material back into the sub-grade.
- We keep leaf and plant debris piles separate from our regular dump piles. We allow this to sit for extended periods of time periodically turning them. This process yields some of the most nutrient rich, darkest soil on campus.
- The reuse of materials will save as many resources as possible. For instance, the soil left over from edging can be put back into beds or used to fill in low spots, as opposed to hauling that soil to a dump. Excavation for the new parking lot attached to the new dorm project will produce an estimated 400 tri-axle dump truck loads of topsoil. We have all of that soil earmarked for use at various campus areas, thus eliminating the necessity to “dump” all of that topsoil, plus saving the cost of hauling it away and also the price of purchasing that amount of topsoil in the future.
- Within the last three years, the Housekeeping Department has installed dilution control systems in all of our major campus buildings. These systems control the specific amount of a cleaning agent that is diluted into water to achieve the proper usage dilution rate for each cleaning agent. This limits the amount of chemical released into the environment as well as saving the university money. The following are the “ecolution” (State Chemical’s trademark name) products used in the dilution stations:
Ecolution glass cleaner
Ecolution all-purpose cleaner
Ecolution cleaner degreaser
Ecolution bathroom/bowl cleaner
Ecolution neutral floor cleaner
Gojo foaming hand soap is used campus wide which is green seal certified.
- We use mainly bait systems for rodent, ant, roach, and termite control. We vacuum lady bugs, stink bugs, box elders and other “nuisance” insects, which are not harmful either to buildings or inhabitants. We only use chemical control where student or staff safety is an issue. (Example: yellow jackets, wasps, or hornets present) The last bed bug treatment was a heat application that was chemical free unlike other conventional treatment procedures.