RECYCLING To further conserve natural resources, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce cost of trash hauling, the university’s Department of Physical Plant Operations instituted a single-stream recycling program. In 2021, the University recycled over 200 tons of aluminum, cardboard/paper, concrete, scrap metals, plastics, glass, and wood. SOLAR ENERGY William Paterson University’s solar panel installation, dedicated in 2010, continues to rank as one of the 10 largest on the campus of a four-year college or university in the United States. Our campus-wide solar project generates 3.3 megawatts of energy for a savings of approximately $300,000 each year and $1.5 million since 2010. ENERGY CONSERVATION In addition to a full recycling program, recent energy conservation initiatives include the elimination of trays in the dining hall and the installation of filtered water fountains throughout campus including Morrison, Wightman, the Rec Center, and the residence halls for students, faculty, and staff who wish to fill water bottles, leading to less use of plastic water bottles. Energy-efficient technologies have reduced electrical consumption by more than 30 percent and natural gas consumption by nearly 50 percent since 2000. EV CHARGING STATIONS Fifteen electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available throughout campus. The initial seven charging stations were provided through a program administered by PSEG. The charging stations provide free electricity in these dedicated parking spaces for electric vehicles operated by University faculty, staff, and students.