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  • April 22, 2013

    Happy Earth Day!

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • April 22, 2013

    Did you know Columbia University participates in the PlaNYC Mayoral Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Learn more about our commitment, how you can help, and Birdie, the GREENYC mascot, by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIeMLA0UfZs&feature=share&list=UUMEP7v1f2pXSyIvKsnX9uRQ

  • March 27, 2013

    Columbia University, including the Columbia University Medical Center campus, achieved a Gold rating after under-going an intense sustainability evaluation under STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System specifically for institutions of higher educaiton in the United States and Canada. Read more about the work and the award here on Columbia's Environmental Stewardship website.

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • February 6, 2013

    As CUMC continues to grow and evolve, it is important that we also continue to operate in a sustainable fashion. In this vein, CUMC Facilities has developed a green building plan that can be tailored to spaces, departments and buildings interested in pursuing it. It is structured in a way to parallel LEED efforts should the building or space decide to take the extra step to also pursue LEED for Existing Buildings.

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • February 6, 2013

    A primary project identified from the Sustainable Energy Master Plan was the interconnection of chiller plants on the “superblock” of the Medical Center. What this meant was to install piping to connect chilled water piping in buildings and chiller plants across the Black Building, P&S Building and Hammer Building.

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • February 6, 2013

    CUMC initiated a recycling campaign back in January of 2008. In the four years since inception recycling rates across the research campus have gone from a 1% average recycling rate across the campus to a 21% recycling rate at the conclusion of 2012.

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • February 6, 2013

    CUMC is interested in growing its efforts to increase sustainability efforts across the campus. The most effective way to do this is to engage with students, faculty and staff to build a green team full of green champions who will help to roll out initiatives within their own space. CUMC Facilities will provide the tools and resources to learn and understand what it means to be a green champion. A Green Champion will join CUMC’s Green Team and help to grow CUMC’s sustainability efforts in the following ways:

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • February 6, 2013

    During 2011 Columbia University Medical Center installed a Building Management System within the William Black Building. This new computer-based control system monitors and optimizes the building’s mechanical and electric equipment, such as air conditioning, chiller operation, heating or hot water. During the installation digital sensors were placed throughout the systems to take temperatures and pressures in order to ensure services supplied to the building were efficient and comfortable for tenants.

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • February 6, 2013

    At Columbia University Medical Center we are always working to improve the state of our facilities, for both infrastructure and in the spaces used by faculty, staff and students. Because we are constantly improving our campus, a smart way to guarantee an improvement is through an establishment of standards. They cover bathrooms, corridors, offices and laboratories, ensuring our primary space types have a target for performance.

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    Energy & Sustainability
  • February 6, 2013

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    Energy & Sustainability

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