SCCC to use $675G grant for water, energy projects

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Suffolk County Community College has been awarded $675,000 in federal stimulus grant money to be used for water and energy conservation projects at the college's three campuses.

The award, announced last week by Gov. David A. Paterson, is part of the $432 million in funding New York State received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Some of the improvements the college plans to make include installing water saving appliances, such as sink sensors and low-flush toilets. The college said it will also save energy by installing new equipment at its sewage treatment plant on the Ammerman Campus in Selden; the projects are expected to save more than 77 million gallons of water and reduce energy consumption by 50 percent over the next 10 years.

"We understand the importance of promoting water and energy consumption and adopting efficiency measures, particularly as a means to encourage students to make adjustments in their own lives regarding water use and energy choices," said interim college president George Gatta Jr.

Suffolk was one of three on Long Island to receive what's called a Green Innovation Program Grant. The Oyster Bay Water District received $28,000 to install solar panels to produce renewable power for the district, and the Lindenhurst Memorial Library received $200,700 to install permeable pavers and bioswales for storm water runoff management at the library.

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