Student Led Forum

This Time It's Different: The Paris Climate Talks

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Building partnerships

Syracuse University and Nanjing University Form Green Building Partnership to promote cooperation…

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Engineering Cities to Survive Extreme Weather

SU team joins Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network

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SU Environmental Finance Center facilitates Textile Recovery Summit

A productive day of facilitated dialogue and presentations.

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Welcome a new Student organization to campus: BrainFeeders

BrainFeeders delivers locally grown fruits and vegetables to students

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SUNY Upstate MedQuest Students learn about Sustainability

Students tour climate change garden and Dome rainwater capture system

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Udall Foundation Scholarship

Udall Foundation Scholarship

In 2016, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation expects to award 50 scholarships of up to $7000 to

  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment;


  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or to Native health care.

We invite you to learn more about Udall Scholarships, and how you can apply, by attending an information meeting on:

Thursday, December 3rd at 3:30 p.m. in 225-b Eggers Hall

Syracuse University may nominate no more than 6 students to compete for the Udall scholarship. To eligible be considered for nomination, a student must:

  • be a current sophomore or junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree on a full-time basis;
  • have an average of at least B (3.0 GPA);
  • be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident;
  • be able to attend Udall Scholar Orientation in Tucson, Arizona (August 5-9, 2015) (funded)

Note: Students applying for the tribal public policy or Native health care awards must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation.

Students with a strong academic and leadership background are encouraged to apply.  Candidates must submit all application materials to Syracuse’s Udall nomination committee by February 11, 2016 (contact Jolynn Parker, for submission details).

Science Policy Exchange Launch

Science Policy Exchange Launch

SPE logo
Syracuse University’s Lubin House hosted a reception last Thursday to showcase the Science Policy Exchange and the results from its first set of projects. The Science Policy Exchange (SPE) was established by six leading research institutions, including Syracuse University, associated with four long term ecological research sites all dedicated to increasing the impact of science on environmental decisions. Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was instrumental in bringing this new kind of boundary-spanning organization to fruition and leads one of its most visible projects; and Sherburne B. Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy chairs the Governing Council.

The SPE’s three initiatives address the interacting effects of climate change, land use, and pollution on ecosystems and their benefits to people. The initiatives—energy transformation, landscapes and resilience, and water sustainability—each consist of projects that draw on and communicate policy-relevant science in formats that meet the needs of decision makers. The projects focus on the northeastern U.S. and have national to global significance with potential for impact on major policy decisions in the next three to five years.

The event featured a dialogue between Marcia McNutt, editor-in-chief, Science, and nominee as the next President of the National Academy of Sciences, and Shere Abbott—touching on national priorities within sustainability science and on lessons learned about the science-policy interface. Scientists also presented their work, and two of the four flagship projects were led by Syracuse University. Charles T. Driscoll, spoke about the co-health benefits of curbing power plant emissions. Lessons from science and practice were outlined from a recent SPE report on green infrastructure. The collaborative nature of the exchange equates to great success. The launch event brought about positive feedback from a diverse audience from universities, foundations, and policy makers.

Science Policy Exchange connects people and science for environmental solutions. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives. Read more about the projects on our research page.


6 SPE institutes

Fellowship Announcement

Fellowship Announcement

Center for Public Leadership Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School seeks to recruit its second cohort of Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. This is a game changing fellowship for applicants eager to take up the mantle of environmental leadership and foster sustainable environmental impact.

Applicants to this fellowship must:
First, apply to HKS by December 1, 2015.
Second, apply for the fellowship by February 25, 2016.