Mary Lyon Hall
Mary Lyon Hall had its grand re-opening as a student residence hall in October 2008. During remodeling, attention was paid to historic detail as well as to environmental sustainability, making the nearly 100-year-old building 40 to 50 percent more energy efficient. In addition to providing living spaces, Mary Lyon is home to the College of University Studies, Undergraduate Advising, and Residential Life. The Department of Residential Life coordinates many programs that support, model, and apply environmentally conscious living choices, including move-in and move-out programs that support recycling, and energy-conservation competitions.
Hartman Union Building (HUB)
The HUB serves as the campus center for PSU students. Its staff coordinates student activities and new student orientation, and sponsors community service. The energy efficiency of the HUB has been increased by many recent Physical Plant efforts, including upgrading all interior lighting with motion sensors. More recycling bins have been added, and Recreation Programs introduced a bike loan library to promote alternative forms of transportation. In an effort to show that "green is more than our school color," orientation events now incorporate sustainability themes.
Silver Center for the Arts
The Silver Center opened its doors in 1992 with the mission to engage, educate, serve, and support the students of Plymouth State University in the study, performance, and appreciation of the performing arts. Increased numbers of recycling containers, the installation of waterless urinals, and the replacement of lighting with new, energy-efficient systems have reduced the environmental impact of the building and its operating costs.
EcoHouse is a residential, student-centered demonstration program featuring environmentally appropriate technologies. The mission of the EcoHouse is to demonstrate environmentally sustainable technology in a residential setting; to provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities to PSU students and the surrounding region; to collect and share information about sustainability; and to help others live in more sustainable ways. EcoHouse is the home of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Common Ground, and PSU's Student Sustainability Fellows. All EcoHouse projects have been student designed and led, and the many improvement projects model sustainability in residences to students and visitors alike.
Prospect Hall (Dining Services)
Dining Services initiated an environmental program titled "Walking the Talk," and this approach to education via modeling has produced a number of environmental benefits. In January 2008, PSU's dining facility went trayless. The University estimates that it saves approximately $160,000 on food, electricity, and solid waste costs per year due to the change. In addition, it reduced the amount of food wasted by 35 tons per year. Snack bars on campus use biodegradable plates and takeout containers, and locally grown products are served when possible. Some of the solid waste produced by the food service is given to D Acres, a local non-profit sustainability education farm, and is used to feed pigs.