Leading the Sustainability Charge

Editor ‘s Note: The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) is on the rise. As the campus grows rapidly, they are keeping an eye on managing the campus ‘ environmental footprint.

 

Sustainability in Action on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC, Inc.) is a self-sustaining social enterprise successfully combining innovation, job creation, and urban revitalization. The BNMC, Inc. serves as the umbrella organization of the anchor institutions that make up the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus located within the 120-acre campus bordering Allentown, the Fruit Belt and Downtown. Our organization fosters conversation and collaboration among its member institutions, its partners and the community to address critical issues impacting them, including entrepreneurship, energy, access and transportation, workforce and procurement, neighborhoods, and healthy communities, with the goal of increasing economic development and building a strong community.

Ensuring a sustainable campus is critical to helping to build a stronger community. Here are a few of our recent initiatives:

We installed LumiSolair off-grid lighting using wind turbine and solar energy in partnership with National Grid and CIR Electric as part of its effort to take a major employee parking site off the grid. There are seven single and 12 double installations on campus. A full battery charge lasts for three days and is stored in a collection lithium-ion battery, lessening the need for traditional electrical power.

With support from the Department of Energy’s Cleaner, Greener Community grant and the AAA of Western New York, the BNMC, Inc. installed 21 electric vehicle-charging stations in 2011 and partnered with Buffalo CarShare to add electric vehicles to their fleet on the Medical Campus.

We also run a Campus-wide initiative, GO BNMC, designed to create a more sustainable transportation system on and around the Medical Campus. GO BNMC provides employees with better access to healthier, greener, and more affordable transportation options through infrastructure projects, policy changes, and incentive programs.

Learn more about the BNMC, Inc. at www.bnmc.org.