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Campus Greening

Move the World and Keep it Green

The Iona College campus is becoming greener every day, from use of recycled paper products and nontoxic cleaners, to installation of LED lighting, energy efficient windows, programmable thermostats, and eco-efficient bathroom fixtures, to use of solar and electric vehicles and recycled paving materials.

Current Campaigns:

  1. Energy Conservation: In May 2019, the College announced a new agreement with Dallas-based energy-efficiency experts, Cenergistics, to implement an energy conservation program. The goal of this partnership is twofold: to lessen Iona’s carbon footprint by reducing consumption of oil, natural gas, water and electricity on campus and to increase utilities savings.
    Read more about Iona College's new energy conservation program.
  2. Resource Conservation: Many of our classrooms already have occupancy lighting. You can help by turning off lights and computers when you leave a room, reducing water and paper use, and walking, biking, or using public transportation or the Iona Gael Express Shuttle instead of driving.
  3. Water Use: Several water bottle filling stations have been installed around Iona’s campus. Using a refillable container instead of buying bottled water is a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Look for convenient bottle filling stations around campus, and visit for more information about this issue.
  4. Recycling Policies: The College utilizes a single-stream recycling system, which means that empty glass bottles, plastic (#1-7) containers, metal cans, paper, and cardboard can all be placed in the blue or green recycling bins. Food, waxed or Styrofoam containers are not recyclable and must go in the trash bins for now – but efforts are underway to separate food waste for composting! Plastic bags should be saved and dropped off at stores that collect them.
    Questions and concerns about recycling should be directed to Andy Albrecht in Facilities.

    For commuters and those living in off-campus housing, be sure to check your local recycling rules and schedule. For additional inquiries, contact Michele Nelson, director of Off Campus Housing, at

    Read more on Iona College's Recycling Guidelines.

    See tips and suggestions for conserving paper

    See a video on what can and cannot be recycled in blue/green bins.

    See a video on what our recyclables can become.
  5. Eco-Friendly Commencement Attire: The Commencement Committee changed vendors for the caps and gowns our students wear at the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies. The gowns are now made from 100% recycled material! We are excited about this is very visible and substantial commitment to furthering our efforts toward environmental sustainability.