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May 05 2010

Spring Cleanup Campaign Moves NYIT Further on Path to Sustainability

Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 5, 2010) – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) did its part for the environment during its first annual, campus-wide Spring Cleanup Campaign.

At NYIT’s campuses in Old Westbury and Manhattan, as well as its Central Islip site, all NYIT community members participated in the initiative to discard unnecessary electronic and physical documents that have accumulated over the years. During the initiative, more than 11 tons of paper were shredded and recycled, equivalent to saving 200 trees, 5,000 gallons of oil, and 100 cubic feet of landfill space, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials Bureau of Waste Reduction and Recycling.

“There are a great number of employees who have been working at NYIT for more 20 years, and have accumulated up to 20 years’ worth of paper, e-mails, and electronic documents,” says Kristen Panella, director of environmental health and safety at NYIT. “The Spring Cleanup Campaign not only reduced the amount of waste produced at NYIT, but also helps our employees understand how important sustainability is to maintain efficiency at work.”

Since the 1970s, NYIT has been a leading contributor to alternative energy research, innovative technology, and green initiatives. With its Green Print initiative, NYIT seeks to measure its carbon footprint across all of its campuses in New York, Canada, China, and the Middle East, through researching energy alternatives and emission solutions, and reducing energy consumption through everyday efficiencies. NYIT is a frequent host of international conferences on energy and is focused on policies and technologies that will provide for a lasting green future.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and interior design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. For more than 50 years, NYIT has been guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 81,500 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit www.nyit.edu.

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