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Office of Sustainability

Sustainability at Hofstra University

What's new!

Learn More about the Green Features of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Wonder what makes a GREEN building? View the summary here. Facilities and Operations educates building occupants and visitors about the green features of the School of Medicine expansion project and developed a green education program and public outreach programs to identify and highlight the green features of the building. Visit the Hofstra/ Northwell School of Medicine facilities here.

Saving Plastic and Drinking Water

Hofstra is saving plastic water bottles, by providing drinking water at refill stations around the campus. We have over 80 Hydration Stations and are continually adding more. Click here to visit the campus interactive map and view the station locations under Services.

Lighting Upgrades and Savings 

For every replacement of a flood light to LED, Hofstra uses 1/3 of the wattage, the bulb will last 10 times longer and up to five years without a change.  The savings and rebates are used to purchase and install more lightbulbs each year.  

Room Occupancy Sensors

Occupancy sensors control the use of electricity for unoccupied spaces to provide more savings.

Saving Energy with Air Conditioning and Window Replacement

Increased energy efficiency in classroom buildings and residence halls campus wide, with upgrades or replacements of heating, air conditioning and windows.

New! Reduce Reuse Recycle

Organizations such as Students for a Greener Hofstra, the Center for Civic Engagement, Hofstra's Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter and others lead by example and give everyone the opportunity to create sustainability awareness. Hofstra Dining Services sponsors farmers markets with fresh produce and a "plate first" policy to limit plastic usage. Styrofoam use has been banned in all food service locations. Hydration stations provide clean water for your refillable bottle and are available throughout the campus. Hofstra shuttle buses provide free transportation both on and off campus. Lighting upgrades as well as window and roof replacements are ongoing throughout the campus. Call us at (516) 463-6619 with your suggestions and comments, or email us at sustainability[at]hofstra.edu.

Environmental Protection Agency and Green Energy Purchases

Hofstra University is now purchasing 6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 10 percent of the university's electricity use. See the Press Release.

Green Move Out

Hofstra University works with local organizations Island Harvest and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island during student move out in the Spring each year. In 2016 a total of 1,234 pounds of food was collected. According to Island Harvest 1,028 meals were supplemented. Big Brothers Big Sisters report receiving 5,419 pounds of donations during the two week move out period.