Inside Rensselaer
Volume 7, No. 10, May 24, 2013
   

Commencement By the Numbers

Hospitality Services at Rensselaer, provided by Sodexo Campus Services, reports that there are several sustainability initiatives planned for this year’s Commencement that will help to support the local economy and community.

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For example, the annual Commencement barbecue will include nearly 3,900 pounds of meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, and sausage, along with all of the necessary condiments. Sodexo will be using 13,000 locally baked hamburger and hot dog buns, as well as 1,920 pounds of fruit salad, along with bottled water and canned Pepsi products.

The Rensselaer bake shop will serve up 3,500 brownies and 6,500 Commencement cookies, and attendees will also get to enjoy 6,500 locally made ice cream novelties from the Gillette Creamery.

Sodexo will use Aspretto, a 100 percent fair trade certified coffee. The sustainable coffee program, launched two years ago, is also available in all the resident dining halls.

“One of the Rensselaer goals, similar to many other colleges and universities, is to minimize its carbon footprint through sustainable practices. Rensselaer has teamed up with several local partners such as the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Clean Communities Coalition to advance sustainable initiatives.” —Jason Jones

On a larger scale, the latest parking and transportation initiatives planned for Commencement will benefit the community, according to Jason Jones, operations manager of parking and transportation at Rensselaer.

“One of the Rensselaer goals, similar to many other colleges and universities, is to minimize its carbon footprint through sustainable practices,” Jones said.
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“Rensselaer has teamed up with several local partners such as the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Clean Communities Coalition to advance sustainable initiatives.”

To cut down on the carbon footprint from transferring guests between the events and parking facilities, Rensselaer will use 15 hybrid CDTA buses, along with two Rensselaer propane buses. This effort means that more than 65 percent of the passenger fleet is using alternative fuel or alternative power during Commencement. In addition, Jones noted that Rensselaer is one of the first campuses in New York state to offer electric vehicle charging that will be available not only for individuals attending Commencement, but members of the local community. The charging station will be installed on the Rensselaer campus in the B-Lot parking area located at ECAV.

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