PLATTSBURGH - From a new gazebo to "Belinda," changes have been in the making at Renaissance Village Suites.
Gene Creech, owner of the college housing apartments on South Catherine Street, has been working to make some changes to the complex.
"Now, we have a shuttle bus that we run back and forth to the [State University of New York at Plattsburgh] ... to save on gas," Creech explained. "It'll make one trip instead of everybody driving six or eight or 10 or 12 cars a day."
The shuttle, known as "Belinda," was made an option for students a year ago, as a way to save fuel and energy.
"I think going green is critically important," Creech said, "because that emission ... it's really overwhelming. We do encourage the kids to ride that bus, even if they do have cars."
Belinda only travels to SUNY Plattsburgh, not Clinton Community College. However, Creech hasn't left those students without an option.
Currently, city transportation makes a stop at Renaissance Village and Creech recently had a bus shelter built, to reduce their chances of missing the bus.
"Sometimes they can't run out there fast enough for the bus," he explained. "So, I thought it would be nice to put that bus shelter out there so they can take their coffee and stand out there in the bus shelter, out of the elements."
"It's kind of a simple thing we do for the kids," Creech added.
Another "green" initiative he has established is the building of FRIENDS Internet Laundrette, also on South Catherine Street.
"[The washers] use less water," Creech said. "They use only three gallons per cycle instead of 13 gallons. It uses less energy, it uses less detergent, therefore it's less polluting to the system that collects the wastewater."
Creech added the washers and dryers are more energy-efficient, and save on electricity.
He is also in the process of having a pavilion built for students who smoke, so they don't do so in the apartments.
"We don't have a lot of smokers, but one person smoking in a room or in a building, you can smell it throughout the whole place," Creech explained. "We have kids that are allergic and there's some kids that have asthma. People have objections to smoke."
For more information about Renaissance Village Suites, visit www.rvsuites.com or call 561-0440.