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The Bezos Earth Fund is Just Lip Service

Matthew Yan May 5, 2020
Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has done nothing to curb the 44.4 million tons of carbon dioxide his shipping services released into the atmosphere in 2018 alone.
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Recycle mania flier containing information about the race which is taking place at Stony Brook University.  PHOTO CREDIT: STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Stony Brook races to zero waste through recycling competition

Niki Nassiri February 16, 2020
The competition strives to motivate students to recycle and reduce waste, promote on-campus recycling programs and encourage school administrations to track waste production so recycling measures can be improved.
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Students taake advantage of the warm weather to relax on Staller steps. MAX WEI/STATESMAN FILE

Staller days are awesome, but pick up your trash

Scott Terwilliger April 19, 2017
I remind you that the steps are a public good, and should be maintained as such.
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A dorm building at Brookhaven Village. LUIS RUIZ DOMINGUEZ/THE STATESMAN

Administrators say it’s too early to discuss future of Brookhaven Village

Luis Ruiz Dominguez March 26, 2017
With the contract between Stony Brook and Dowling College ending this year, current Brookhaven Residential Village residents are unsure of where they will live in the fall.
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A Stony Brook University student recycles a plastic bottle on campus. FRANCIS YU/STATESMAN FILE

Students urged to recycle during final week of RecycleMania

Evelin Mercedes March 26, 2017
Currently in its final week of the RecycleMania competition, Stony Brook is looking to finish as the top campus recycler of e-waste.
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SBU places fourth on Princeton Review’s top “green” colleges list

Jesse Borek May 14, 2015
Ranked fourth by the Princeton Review’s 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges, SBU has cemented itself as one of the most environmentally-friendly schools in the United States.
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A Stony Brook University student recycles a plastic bottle on campus. FRANCIS YU/STATESMAN FILE

Seawolves look toward a greener future

The Statesman March 8, 2015
From the hospital to the dining facilities, different departments across Stony Brook University have started their RecycleMania endeavors.
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After 16 years at Stony Brook University, Senior Vice President for Administration Barbara Chernow will return to her alma mater, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, as its executive vice president for finance and administration. 
“What’s challenging is that we are delivering a service 24/7, whether it’s police services, fire marshal services, or the bursar, human resources, construction, busing—making sure that the more than 10,000 students that live on campus are getting the services they need and want is a full time job,” Chernow said about her various responsibilities. 
In 1998, Chernow took on her first position in higher education by becoming Stony Brook’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurial Programs. Under this title, she worked on fundraising galas and developed summer camps for local kids and teenagers, both academic and recreational, to give students an opportunity to acclimate to college. These camps not only give local youth a summer activity, but also employ students from 
the university. 
Before becoming Senior Vice President for Administration, she worked as Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Services in 2003. She was promoted to Vice president for Facilities, Services, and Special Initiatives in 2006. From 2007 to 2013, she was president of the Faculty Student Association. 
After being appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for Administration in 2012, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. appointed Chernow to be the brain behind “Project 50 Forward,” an initiative that works to improve all facets of the university, and consists of three separate branches: operational excellence, building for the future, and 
academic greatness. 
“I am grateful for her assiduous efforts toward making Stony Brook University the outstanding facility it is, and helping us to move forward in many important areas,” Stanley said in a statement to the Stony Brook faculty 
and staff.
Chernow works with focus groups made up of students, faculty, and staff to help drive Project 50 Forward into the next 
few decades.
“Figuring out the best way to do it—not for them, with them—and that’s the fun part, working with students, faculty, and staff,” Chernow said about enhancing the school. She also said that without the voices of the students and faculty, it would not be possible to foster 
a united university.
One of the accomplishments that Chernow said she is most satisfied with is the decrease in crime on campus. Compared to 2007, the crime rate has gone down by 87 percent.
“We have a reduction in crime while promoting a culture of reporting, encouraging students for counseling issues or whatever’s bothering them, and to report,” Chernow said. 
Working with the Faculty Student Association, she made changes to the dining experience to give students what they desired. When students craved more diverse food, her team introduced Jasmine in the Charles B. Wang Center. When students sought faster options, they had food trucks come to campus.  
Chernow also worked to lower the university’s impact on the environment. In 2006, the university saved more than $34 million by tweaking things like light sensors and thermostat regulations, according to Stanley’s statement.
With 500,000 square feet added to the campus in the last four years, energy consumption has actually decreased. Chernow also oversaw the expansion of the energy-saving initiatives such as Wolf Ride Bike Share, biodiesel-fueled buses, vehicle-charging stations and solar powered parking meters—just a few ways in which the university 
decreases pollution. 
Even as Chernow packs up, her papers will be contributed to the “RecycleMania” effort on campus, as indicated by the massive recycling bin in her office. The university won the national competition for recycling the most e-waste in both 2013 and 2014. 
Stony Brook recently made the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, putting the university among the ranks of Harvard, Stanford, Cornell and Columbia. SBU was one of 24 schools that achieved a perfect score out of the 861 schools total. Additionally, Stony Brook received Tree Campus USA recognition 
in 2014.
Building for the future is executed through the Facilities Master Plan. Chernow oversaw the development of an extensive list of facilities, such as the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, the Simons Center, Joe Nathan Field, the Dubin Family Center, the Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center, West Side Dining, Nobel Halls, Frey Hall 
and West Apartments. 
In 2013, Chernow also pledged $25,000 to introduce the Carol Chernow Memorial Scholarship for journalism students on behalf of her mother, an advocate for improved language 
and writing skills.  
Chernow has a passion for working with other people and will miss the people she had the pleasure of working with. 
“I feel incredibly fortunate. I’ve had a great run here and it’s really because of the great staff and I’m really proud of them,” Chernow said. (PHOTO CREDIT: STONYBROOK.EDU)

Senior Vice President of Administration Barbara Chernow leaving Stony Brook

Kelly Saberi March 1, 2015
After 16 years at Stony Brook University, Senior Vice President for Administration Barbara Chernow will return to her alma mater, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Among the many exciting events the Stony Brook spring semester offers, one of the most anticipated is the annual Roth Regatta.

Fall down and spring awake

David Fuchs February 12, 2015
The structure of fall semester begets an environment of exponentially increasing stress for every student, especially freshman.
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Editorial: What is Recyclemania?

The Editorial Board March 4, 2014
To most of the student body, Recyclemania is still a relatively unknown occurrence. Unless you are actively involved in hall council, many residents are unaware of what is actually going on, and the student body is not fully aware of how successful the university has been in creating a more green environment. It ends up being an under-appreciated program, which is disappointing, considering how our success in this program speaks volumes on the character of the university as a whole.
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Stony Brook is aiming to have more LEED certified buildings like the Simons Center. (RYAN MUI/THE STATESMAN)

University going green, wins Recyclemania’s e-waste category

Sarah Elsesser May 8, 2013

Stony Brook University recycled the most e-waste out of all the U.S. colleges and universities in RecycleMania and for a fourth consecutive year earned a spot in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322...

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Students race to help the Earth

Emily McTavish March 26, 2012
The campus is looking greener, but not just because the grass at the Staller Steps looks nicer. RecyleMania, the national recycling competition between university campuses, is approaching its final days in making Stony Brook University greener this spring.
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