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Syracuse University News

Syracuse University News

Syracuse and Sustainability Go Hand in Hand

Friday, April 24, 2015   By Keith Kobland

When someone mentions the word “sustainable,” what comes to mind? Is it the environment? Is it your family? Is it your finances? Sustainability can take on many different forms. At Syracuse University, sustainability means identifying and promoting sustainable practices that reduce the University’s environmental impact in an economically responsible manner. That’s the mission of the Sustainability Division.

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Not an institution to stand still, Syracuse University recognized the need for, and potential impact of, a campus sustainability division. This recognition was due in part to Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor’s decision in 2007 to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), but it also continued a long tradition of energy management and conservation at Syracuse University, dating back to 1972. The following year was marked by long lines at gas stations, as the nation was on the cusp of an oil embargo that had many people thinking about better ways to conserve energy.

“The University has a rich history of energy conservation since the early 1970s,” says Steve Lloyd, associate director for sustainability. “Adding to these institutional concepts, sustainability is patterned along those lines.”

“Our first task was to complete the campus-wide greenhouse gas inventory,” according to Melissa Cadwell, the Sustainability Division’s marketing manager. “We submitted our completed greenhouse gas inventory on Sept. 12, 2008. The task was accomplished with assistance from students in the CIE 475 class in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; SUNY ESF work-study student Sarah Kelsen; and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.” Read more….


Syracuse University News

Syracuse University News

University Formalizes Commitment to Prohibit Direct Investment in Coal, Fossil Fuels

Syracuse University today announced that it is formalizing its commitment to prohibit direct investment of endowment funds in coal mining and other fossil fuel companies. The University will also continue to seek additional investments through its endowment in companies that are developing new technology related to solar energy, biofuels and advanced recycling.

This action mirrors commitments recently announced by other national universities, including Stanford University and the University of Maine.

The University’s endowment supports the University’s people, programs and facilities. Through its investment return, the endowment funds support student scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, academic programs, and academic and student-life initiatives.

In late February, University officials met with members of Divest SU, a student-based group seeking to divest the University’s endowment from the fossil fuel industry. The meeting enabled positive conversation and information sharing and a commitment to continue dialog on the issues of divestment from fossil fuels. Read more…