Styrofoam Success!

Kudos to the retail food vendors - Morrison, Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery, and Espress Oasis - at Upstate Medical University for minimizing the use of Styrofoam.

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Most recently, Morrison has made significant strides to drastically reduce the use of Styrofoam in its retail locations. Specifically, they eliminated 2 sizes of plates, 3 sizes of bowls, and 3 sizes of cups within their cafeterias. This amounts to approximately 1 million, three hundred and 16 thousand (1,316,000) pieces of Styrofoam a year! Financially, they will spend they will spend approximately $27,000 more a year to provide paper as opposed to Styrofoam.

Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery and Espress Oasis at the University Hospital Downtown Campus have not used Styrofoam in several years.

All three vendors participate in recycling and other sustainability practices. Thanks to all of our partners for responding to customer requests and supporting 'Green' practices!

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...every nickel counts! Before you toss that returnable soda or water bottle into any other bin on campus, look for specially marked receptacles featuring the 5-cent bottle sticker.
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Climate Action Plan
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In 2009, Upstate president David R. Smith, MD signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing the university to become "carbon neutral" by 2050.

Upstate submitted its first Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory in 2010, and began work on a Climate Action Plan PDF document that was completed and submitted to the ACUPCC in May 2011.