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Think Green for NJIT: Environmental Awareness Is Part of Campus Culture

Think NJIT. Think green. Environmental awareness is an intrinsic part of the campus culture. With Federal funding, the university has converted its Oak Residence Hall into a prototype state-of-the-art, energy efficient building, reducing electrical energy use by 50 percent and fossil energy use by 40 percent.

Buildings across the campus are being similarly equipped with high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with demand-based controls; energy efficient lighting; and low-flow water fixtures.

The Campus Center is equipped with 160 solar panels that can produce 58 megawatts of electricity and eliminate the atmospheric release of an estimated 86,832 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

NJIT’s Dining Services buys local and organic whenever possible, and this year began to use produce grown in an organic garden on the roof of the Campus Center maintained by student and staff volunteers. Food is delivered in biodegradable containers, cups, forks, and knives, napkins are made of recycled paper, and a reusable water bottle and coffee mug refill program is in place.

NJIT collects and recycles paper, glass and aluminum cans, fluorescent lamps, electronic equipment, cooking oil, concrete and other construction waste. Last year, the university recycled some 157,050 pounds of paper and over 1,300 gallons of cooking oil.

The university has also identified sustainable systems as a focal point for education and research in its 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. Research initiatives include a collaborative project with Building Media Inc. to develop innovative energy efficiency strategies that can be applied to American homes; membrane separation research on desalination of seawater to produce pure, potable water; and the development of corn-based polymers to replace harmful chemicals in adhesives, paints, and the coatings. 

Green facts about NJIT include that 10 percent of the food budget is spent on local/organic produce while 5 percent of the school energy is from renewable resources. Among the available transportation alternatives are bike share/rent, car share and shuttle service.  Environmental studies degrees are available while the university provides guidance on green jobs.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.