Hofstra Leads in Sustainability
Hofstra University maintains many long standing partnerships with these important initiatives to continually improve the sustainability of the Hofstra community.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Hofstra is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a member organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education.
Everyone on campus is included under Hofstra's AASHE membership; create your personal account here.
Green Power Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources.The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Through its partnerships, ENERGY STAR delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions and best management practices.
Renewable Energy Certificates
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as Green tags, Renewable Energy Credits, Renewable Electricity Certificates, or Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities in the United States that represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource (renewable electricity). Solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) are RECs that are specifically generated by solar energy. These certificates can be sold and traded or bartered, and the owner of the REC can claim to have purchased renewable energy.
Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
Hofstra awarded LEED Silver for Certification
Hofstra was recently awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine addition in May 2016. The U.S. Green Building Council sets benchmarks for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.