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  • A golf cart-sized vehicle was purchased to be used instead of a full-sized van for smaller-volume deliveries and pick-ups of food and supplies around campus, saving fuel.
  • All coolers in the Gull's Nest dining operation are changing from water-cooled to air-cooled condensers. This will save water continuously used to cool current refrigerated units.
  • Lighting has been replaced with energy-efficient fixtures in the Commons and retail operations of Dining Services and the SU Bookstore.
  • Cardboard boxes are separated from other trash and disposed of in a specified container to be sent for recycling.
  • Delivery pallets are returned to purveyors for reuse instead of being sent to a landfill.
  • Motion detectors in offices throughout the Commons building turn off lights when they detect that a space is not being occupied.
  • Timer and temperature-change sensors were installed on air conditioning and heating units to adjust temperature by demand and usage.
  • Students in the CommonsFrozen/refrigerated units are turned off or consolidated during summer and downtimes to reduce energy use and lower inventory.
  • Financial and correspondence information is saved electronically to eliminate unnecessary usage of paper.
  • Napkins are placed on tables in dining halls instead of in food service areas so students may use only what they need instead of taking handfuls from a centrally located counter that they may or may not use.
  • Traditional toasters have replaced conveyor-style bagel toasters in many dining areas. The conveyor-style toasters must remain on constantly, while the traditional toasters may be turned on only when needed.
  • SU donates its used cooking oil to a local entity, Greenlight Biofuels, for conversion into a renewable resource, biodiesel fuel.
  • A new high efficiency dish washer system was recently installed in the Commons kitchen which is resulting in a significant reduction of electricity and water consumption.
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