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Sustainable Built Environment

Through thoughtful long-term planning and day-to-day operational strategies, St. John Fisher College aims to reduce The College's impact on non-renewable natural resources, eliminate waste, and improve economic performance.

The Campus of the Future

Fisher is developing the campus of tomorrow by optimizing our physical environment. The College and the Center for Sustainability are committed to developing sustainable building standards for all new campus construction.

Keough Hall at dusk.

LEED Certification

The Integrated Sciences and Health Sciences Building, opened in the fall of 2015, achieved LEED Certified Status based on efficient design, operation, and construction. Educational signage throughout the building encourages students, faculty, staff, and visitors to learn about the building’s green components.

LED Bulb Conversion

St. John Fisher College is actively working to reduce the College’s energy and carbon footprint, and set a date for carbon neutrality.

NYSERDA Reforming the Energy Vision Campus Challenge

Fisher is the proud recipient of the NYSERDA REV Challenge Award and was awarded over $150,000 in funding for the creation of a Campus Energy Master Plan. The plan will identify energy conservation opportunities with the goal of addressing energy demands and the volatile energy markets, as well as strengthening the college’s economic resiliency. It is designed to produce energy conservation measures grounded in both economic and environmental viability, and lead to long-term savings.

On Our Way to Zero Waste

Colleges can play a key leadership role in developing new strategies to foster the circular economy of the future. The Center for Sustainability is working to develop a zero-waste strategy for campus that supports improved economic and environmental outcomes for the campus community.

Current strategies include mixed recycling, the introduction of reusable OZZI food containers in the primary dining hall, and a composting program that successfully diverted 282 tons of organic waste from dining locations in just one year.

Living wall at Fisher.

Biophilic Design 

The Integrated Sciences and Health Sciences Building (ISHS) also features a living plant wall, established to improve indoor air quality, enhance student and faculty performance, and provide additional educational opportunities for students in Biology and Sustainability courses.