Spring 1-Credit Workshops

Undergraduates from all disciplines are invited to take our hands-on workshops.

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A zine-making workshop about climate solutions.

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SOS Mural

Students of Sustainability transform the neighborhood.

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What’s on Your Plate?

SOL 300 workshop on sustainable food choices.

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Biodiversity and Art

Students explore and record the variety of species living near campus.

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Climate Change Garden

SU installs a unique arboretum for studying the impacts of climate change.

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Syracuse University News

Syracuse University News

University Receives $3.2M to Develop Localized Heating and Cooling Systems

The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA) program will develop localized heating and cooling systems and devices to expand temperature ranges within buildings. The program plans to provide $30 million to support 11 project teams in developing technologies that can regulate temperatures focused on a building’s occupants and not the overall building. This localization of thermal management will enable buildings to operate in wider temperature ranges while still ensuring occupant comfort, which would dramatically reduce the building’s energy consumption and associated emissions. Read more….

Students present sustainable ideas for Master Plan

Students present sustainable ideas for Master Plan

By Christine Edgeworth ‘15

On June 24, 2014, Chancellor Syverud announced his Fast Forward Syracuse campaign, including a new Strategic Plan, campus master plan, and “Operational Excellence Program.” In light of these plans, Sherburne Abbott, SU’s Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives, challenged the students in her course, The Grand Challenge of Climate Change, to explore how sustainability can play a role in the Campus Master Plan. What role should sustainability and environmental values play in supporting the academic mission of the university, she asked, and how they could be incorporated into the Campus Master Plan?

Jason Ashley, a senior Political Science and Citizenship and Civic Engagement double-major, responded to the challenge. “The value of sustainability requires that when we create new spaces, or renovate existing ones, we give incredible attention to the impact of materials (including their extraction) on the surrounding environment, of the spaces’ context within the larger campus, and give great deference to the future use and impact of everything about the space.”

For his project, Jason chose to focus on the use of green space, suggesting that we eliminate the majority of Crouse Drive to make room for a biological sanctuary with a 50-seat amphitheater. He highlights how this would not only serve as a quiet space; it would also provide many environmental benefits, such as absorbing greenhouse gases, creating a wind break to reduce the wind tunnel effect on the Quad, absorb rain water instead of sending it downstream during heavy rain events, “and reduce the need for salt and other resources for ensuring a drivable area.”

Chiara Klein, a senior English and Textual Studies major, recommended that SU invest in green or vegetated roofs. “Green roofs are effective in their functioning as carbon sinks and sources of rainwater collection…They resonate with a mission to locally address a global issue of climate change, and they provide a university setting with the opportunity to be progressive, engaged, and exemplary,” she says.

The class presented their suggestions to Sasaki Associates, the firm SU is partnering with to carry out these plans, on October 27th, so it will be interesting to see what role sustainability will have in the Campus Master Plan and if any of these students’ ideas will be adopted.




(Excerpt from Syracuse New Times)

Enter Solstice Power

Solstice Power was conceived by three Syracuse University students who believe they can make the world a better place: James Shomar, CEO, who holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Entrepreneurship from SU; Griffin Kearney, CTO, a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at SU with a M.S. in Mechanical-Aerospace Engineering; and Tim Jeter, Chief Engineer, also an M.S. in Mechanical-Aerospace Engineering. Basically, these guys are brainiacs who know how to apply it.


From left to right: Tim Jeter, Griffin Kearney, & James Shomar. Photo: solsticepower.com

What Is Solstice Power?

Solstice is the modern innovation of solar power. There’s a big, yellow ball of fire in the sky that is giving off a hell of a lot of power. Harnessing that power over the last few decades has proven highly inefficient; until now.

Typical solar panels can fill double the roof space of a building, taking an average of 40 years to pay off with batteries that cost double that of the panels themselves. This is not consumer friendly.

Furthermore, energy costs are expected to increase by 80% according to the EIA (Energy Information Administration) by 2040.
To combat this, the Solstice Power team has come up with a cost effective solution. Read full article….