Syracuse University Pledges to ‘Act on Climate’

Syracuse University joins 318 colleges and universities representing over 4 million students…

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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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World Agrees to Historic Climate Deal

World Agrees to Historic Climate Deal

More than 190 countries came together to adopt the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. The Paris Agreement establishes a long term global framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). For the first time, all countries committed to ambitious climate targets with transparency and a standardized process for reporting and review.

The agreement sets a warming goal to hold the increase in average global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius or pursue 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and acknowledges that countries should aim to peak GHG emissions as soon as possible. Reports on global greenhouse gas emissions by source will provide transparency and greater understanding of global emissions and pollution.

The agreement establishes a universal approach for all countries, moving past differential categories of developed and developing nations. Instead, all countries will prepare, communicate and maintain successive and ambitious nationally determined climate targets. Climate targets will be updated with a goal toward highest possible ambition with a new nationally determined contribution in 2020 and every five years thereafter.

The agreement allows targets to progress over time to drive greater climate ambition. An assessment mechanism to monitor progress on global mitigation will begin in 2018.

A shift in global investment towards clean energy, forest protection, and climate resilient infrastructure will result from the Paris Agreement, and a strong, long-term market signal will provide confidence and certainty for investment in clean technologies.

Science Policy Exchange Launch

Science Policy Exchange Launch

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Syracuse University’s Lubin House hosted a reception recently 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 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.
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