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 The Last Straw:  In an effort to reduce single- use plastic on campus, plastic straws and stirrers will no longer be available across our foodservice operations. Eco – friendly straws are available upon request.  


                                                                        Sip Smarter

Hydration Stations: Free, filtered water is available at 35 bottle filling stations on all three campuses. Collectively, as of January 2020 the stations have helped keep more than 1,000,000 plastic bottles out of area landfills.

Dean Lundburg refilling his water bottle

                          Hydration Station


Ammerman Campus :

Ammerman Building

Southampton Building

Islip Arts Building

Huntington Library

Brookhaven Gym

Babylon Student Center

NFL Building

Automotive Technology

Eastern Campus:

Shinnecock Building

Peconic Building

Orient Building

Montaukett Learning Resource

Grant Campus:

Sagtikos Building

Learning Resource Center


Captree Commons Building

Paumonck Building

Nesconset Building

Asharoken Building

Sayville Center


Reusable Beverage Container Program: Quench your thirst while caring for our environment. Simply replace

typical disposable drink containers with Suffolk-branded reusable drink containers and mugs. Then use your

new drinkware at any Aramark dining location – as well as the Peconic Cafe on the Eastern Campus – and you’ll

always only pay for the price of a small beverage, no matter the size of your container! Plus, use your reusable containers for free water refills at conveniently located bottle filling stations across the College.



Water Savings

Learn about saving water by watching the Suffolk County Water Authority Video 

Suffolk County Water Authority Saving Water




Learn more about recycling in your town and at the College, watch the videos below.

Town of Brookhaven Recycling Islip Recycling Winters Bros Recycling
Town of Brookhaven Recycling Town of Islip Recycling Winters Bros. Recycling


Recycled Waste.  In 2021, the College recycled the waste shown in the table below.  


Waste Recycled 2021

  Material Recycled
Total (tons)
  Universal and Electronic Wastes


Recycling Metal



Green Graduation Gowns: 2018 marked the first commencement that graduates wore eco-friendly gowns made from 100%

recycled plastic bottles. An average of 25 bottles was used to make each gown.

With the help of these gowns the 2019 Ceremony Diverted approximately:

  • 50,000 plastic bottles from ending up in area landfills
  • Saved the energy equivalent to 1000 gallons of gas
  • Consumed 4,200 liters less drinking water
  • Decreased the effects of global warming through 3,000 pounds fewer CO2 emissions
  • 54% reduction in CO2 emissions to produce these gowns vs. virgin polyester


                                    Recycle your gown

Green Gowns                    











 Clean Air NY  AASHE
 DOE Charging Challenge  
 LIPA   The College has partnered with the following organizations to help advance their       commitment to sustainability:                                 NYCSHE  
  • Apollo Alliance Partnership (Blue Green Alliance)
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  • Clean Air NY
  • Department of Energy – Workplace Charging Challenge
  • Emerging Worker Transition Program
  • Green Homes & Buildings Consortium Initiative
  • Green/Renewable Energy Task Force
  • Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
  • Long Island Regional Advisory Council in Higher Education (LIRACHE)
  • Long Island Solar Roadmap Consortium
  • New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE)
  • New York Power Authority (NYPA)
  • New York REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) Campus Challenge
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYERDA)
  • NY Offshore Wind Alliance
  • The Green Regional Industry Advisory Council
  • Sustainable Long Island
  • Sustainable Southampton Green Advisory Committee
  • United Way – Smart Homes Initiative/Partnership
  • US Green Building Council
 REV Challenge Logo  
 NYSERDA  NY Wind Southampton  U.S. Green Building Council  

For more information about upcoming events or general sustainability questions, please visit our Facebook and Twitter page or email

 D.O.E Treasure Hunt

 Environmental Club

 Offshore Wind Open Houses  Transportation Innovation 9/18