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Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Information
  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: New York, United States (The)
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
Action network
  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Dean
Signatory/Dean
Joyce F. Brown, President
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York.

Partner(s)

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York.

Description/achievement of initiative

FIT has already completed many sustainable projects on campus. Each year a sustainability conference is held on campus and FIT reports to the college community the projects that have been completed, as well as those that are planned or in progress.
Partners dedicated to achieving these targets are and have been the New York Power Authority, Clean Air New York, New York City Department of Buildings, Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Department of City Administrative Services, New York City Office of Energy and Conservation and New York Power Authority Peak Load Management Program.

Implementation methodologies

In summer of 2012, we will proceed with the HVAC refurbishment and replacement in our Co-Ed dormitory. This building is 15 stories, 90,000 GSF with 233 Units. FIT's goal is to reduce the carbon emission from the building. The existing equipment uses steam as the source of energy. It is estimated that approximately $10,000 a month will be saved with this conversion.

Currently FIT has one green roof on the Shirley Goodman Resource Center. In addition, in 2012-2013, FIT will install a green roof on the David Dubinsky Student Center building. The new underlying roof will be insulated with a reinforced cold fluid applied system with a 20 year No Dollar Limit (NDL). It will contain six inches of engineered soil, vegetation and water-storing sedum. This will reduce the amount of rain water runoff into the streets.

In the summer of 2011, FIT installed four (4) Elkay Water Refill systems and counts indicate that we have saved 100,713 plastic bottles to date. The college also installed a digital book reader in its library in March of 2010. To date we have saved 140,000 sheets of paper by scanning in lieu of photocopies.

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has been committed to and continues to engage in sustainability projects. FIT has already completed many sustainable projects on campus. Each year a sustainability conference is held on campus and FIT reports to the college community the projects that have been completed, as well as those that are planned or in progress.

In 2012 through 2013, FIT will continue energy curtailment programs with our utility providers. In summer of 2012, we will proceed with the HVAC refurbishment and replacement in our Co-Ed dormitory. This building is 15 stories, 90,000 GSF with 233 Units. FIT's goal is to reduce the carbon emission from the building. The existing equipment uses steam as the source of energy. It is estimated that approximately $10,000 a month will be saved with this conversion. The reduction in the building's carbon footprint will be significant, as steam generates considerable soot in an urban center like New York City. This was modeled to achieve a 650 ton carbon emission reduction.

The installation of new dormitory occupancy sensors (2012-2013) in one of our residence halls will reduce energy costs in addition to the installation to new energy efficient lighting.

FIT is committed to painting additional cool roof surfaces within the next year. Solar reflectivity expresses the degree to which a roof reflects the visible, infrared and ultraviolet rays that comprise solar energy. Surfaces with high solar reflectivity reflect more infrared and ultraviolet rays. A cool roof reduces the amount of energy absorbed by the roof which helps lower a buildings' temperature and cuts energy costs.

FIT has plans (2012-2014) to create a green roof and install solar panels on the Fred P. Pomerantz Art & Design Center Bridge. Currently FIT has one green roof on the Shirley Goodman Resource Center. In addition, in 2012-2013, FIT will install a green roof on the David Dubinsky Student Center building. The new underlying roof will be insulated with a reinforced cold fluid applied system with a 20 year No Dollar Limit (NDL). It will contain six inches of engineered soil, vegetation and water-storing sedum. This will reduce the amount of rain water runoff into the streets.

This year it is estimated that we will save 946,000 gallons of water and subsequent waste water due to the installation of new energy efficient washers and dryers. The measurement of the conservation of water will continue each year. In the summer of 2011, FIT installed four (4) Elkay Water Refill systems and counts indicate that we have saved 100,713 plastic bottles to date. The college also installed a digital book reader in its library in March of 2010. To date we have saved 140,000 sheets of paper by scanning in lieu of photocopies.

Currently in design phase, FIT is planning to build C2, a nine-story LEED certified gold building. It will utilize HeliOptix technology to generate power. The scheduled date to commence this project is not determined. This $148 million project received $74 million in funding from the state and FIT is working with New York City for matching funds.

Partners dedicated to achieving these targets are and have been the New York Power Authority, Clean Air New York, New York City Department of Buildings, Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Department of City Administrative Services, New York City Office of Energy and Conservation and New York Power Authority Peak Load Management Program.

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
Elkay Water Refill systems 2015
HVAC refurbishment and replacement 2015
Green roof installation 2015
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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