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SUNY Geneseo Campus. YOUR Environmental Impacts: A Series of Personal Choices. SUNY Geneseo Campus. Your Environmental Impacts: First some data on Consumption: Water /Sewer Electrical Fossil Fuel Then some data on Waste Generation: Solid Waste (garbage) Regulated Medical Waste

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Suny geneseo campus
SUNY Geneseo Campus

YOUR Environmental Impacts:

A Series of Personal Choices


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SUNY Geneseo Campus

  • Your Environmental Impacts:

  • First some data on Consumption:

    • Water /Sewer

    • Electrical

    • Fossil Fuel

  • Then some data on Waste Generation:

    • Solid Waste (garbage)

    • Regulated Medical Waste

    • Hazardous Waste


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Water Use: Village of Geneseo Water

    Sewage Treatment Plant = 1Mg/d

    3 Million gallon tank

    Water Plant = 1Mg/day


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Water Use: Village of Geneseo Water

    Sewage Treatment Plant = 1Mg/d

    3 Million gallon tank

    Water Plant = 1Mg/day


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Water Use

    Annual Metered Amount: 73,000,000 gallons

    6000 campus users (5000 students + 1000 employees)

    • Per campus person consumption:

      • 12,150 gallons per year

      • 33 gallons per day! (365 days)


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Sewer Use

    Estimated to be the same as Water Use

    12,150 gallons per person per year

    (20 % of Village of Geneseo Treatment Plant volume)

    Estimation vs. Actual:

    Why is there a difference?


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use

    Is Electricity “Clean Power”?

    Where is the Electricity used by the campus generated? (hint: NOT on the campus)

    NYS actually has “cleaner” electrical power

    generation than most regions. Why?


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use

    Source: DOE


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use

    Sulfur dioxide: contributes to acid rain

    Nitrogen dioxide: contributes to acid rain and ground level ozone

    Carbon dioxide: greenhouse gas


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use/Cost

    One kilowatt of Electricity = 1 pound of air pollutants

    $1.00 spent on Electricity = 10 pounds of air pollutants


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use/Cost

    • SUNY Geneseo Campus In FY02 - 03:

      • $1.5 Million

      • 7,500 Tons of Air Pollutants

    • Per campus person consumption (N=6,000)

      • $250

      • 2,500 lbs = 1.25 Tons!


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use/Cost


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Electrical Energy Use/Cost

    5,000 computers on campus (estimated)

    Annual savings if computers were turned off when not in use:

    $500,000 ($1/2 Million!!!!)

    2,500 Tons of Air Pollutants


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Heating Fuel Use/Cost

    Campus Heat is produced:

    Academic Buildings: Central Heating Plant (that big stack behind the College Union)

    - Fuel: No. 2 Fuel Oil and/or Natural Gas

    - Permitted under the Clean Air Act

    Residence Halls: Building Boilers - Fuel: Natural Gas

    - Considered “Exempt” under the Clean Air Act, but emissions must be tallied annually


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Heating Fuel Use/Cost

    Campus Heat costs:

    Will vary with type of fuel burned, temperatures, and costs:


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Heating Fuel Use/Cost


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Other Campus Air Emissions

    Baking 250 lbs. Volatiles

    Pizza Oven 2 Tons Volatiles

    Gasoline tank filling 500 lbs. Volatiles

    Cooling Towers 200 lbs. Particulate Matter

    Lab/Art Studio emissions 600 lbs. various


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Garbage

    Non-hazardous and otherwise non-regulated waste:

    Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

    Waste Management of Western NY

    Landfills in Western New York


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Garbage

    Non-hazardous and otherwise non-regulated waste:

    “Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)”

    CAS uses garbage disposals for all cafeteria wastes

    Geneseo Village Sewer Treatment Plant


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    MSW per person per day Source: EPA

    Is there a relationship between consumption and volume of waste generated?


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Personal Environmental Impacts

    • Each campus person (N = 6,000) annually:

      • 12,150 gallons of water (and sewer)

      • $250 of electricity

      • $210 of fossil fuel (heat, hot water, kilns, etc.)

      • 16.25 Tons of Air Pollutants

    • These calculations do not include vehicle fuel or emissions.


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Regulated Wastes

    • Hazardous Waste (RCRA)

    • Asbestos Waste (NESHAPs)

    • PCB Waste (TSCA)

    • Construction and Demolition Debris

    • Regulated Medical Waste

    • Used Oil (RCRA)


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Other Personal Environmental Impacts

    • Pesticide Related

      • Organic Foods

      • Lawn Care/Weed Control

      • Use of “Anti-bacterial” Soaps and other Products

      • ___________

    • Air Pollution Related

      • Mass transit vs. personal vehicle vs. walking/biking

      • Vehicle choices (MPG)

      • Vehicle maintenance

      • Use of Electricity - Air Conditioners, Cell Phones, Pagers, computers, TVs, peripherals, DVDs, video games…….

      • Cigarette Smoking and BUTT disposal

      • ____________________


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Other Personal Environmental Impacts

    • Product Selections

      • Paper

        • Recycled?

        • Bleached (Cl- used to make very white paper)

        • Electronic publications (save paper/use electricity: trade-off?)

      • Computers/TVs

        • TV type monitor vs. LCD or plasma (‘thin” screens)

        • Energy Star

        • “Instant” on

        • Are hazardous waste upon disposal

      • Use of “disposable” products

      • - razors

      • - diapers

      • Country where item is produced/Company producing item

        • Environmental commitments???


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Other Personal Environmental Impacts

    • Product Selections

      • Environmental Impacts should be assessed as a “life-cycle”

        • Production

        • Transportation

        • Purchase

        • Use

        • Disposal

    Is there a relationship between “convenience” and consumption?

    EPA: Cost of managing chemicals is $1 to $10 for every $1 of chemicals purchased.


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    SUNY Geneseo Campus

    Personal Environmental Impacts

    …… Actually just a series of personal choices made every day.


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