SU Bike Share Pilot Program

A student suggestion through the Fast Forward Initiative.

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SU to Prohibit Direct Investment in Fossil Fuels

Administration responds to student activism.

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NSF Award Supports Grad Training in Water-Energy Nexus

Prof. Laura Lautz in Earth Sciences heads up a multidisciplinary team of…

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LEAF through the new student environmental magazine!

SU and ESF students create magazine for "Leaders, Environmentalists, Activists, and Futurists."

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SU Geologist receives NSF CAREER grant

Dr. Christopher Junium studies how marine communities respond to climate change

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Meet “Geocuse”!

SU Geography students create a resource for budding geographers.

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Syracuse University News

Syracuse University News

Earthfest Celebrates Earth Day with Art, Speakers, Local Food

Sunday, April 19, from Noon – 6 PM

Earthfest, a music and art festival to celebrate this year’s Earth Day (April 22), will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Thornden Park Amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Earthfest 2015The event is being sponsored by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Students of Sustainability and the Syracuse University Sustainability Division. The goal of the event is to inspire people to live more conscious and sustainable lifestyles through various interactive activities.

Earthfest will feature art installations from various student groups, live music, prominent speakers, local food from such places as Strong Hearts and Avocadough, and fun activities, such as face painting, henna art and yoga.

Earthfest gives the Syracuse community a space to share intellectual and environmental ideas outside of the academic setting in a way that will celebrate a vision for a sustainable future.

In order to promote the event, students have been tabling in various residence halls and academic buildings and giving out promotional items made out of recycled materials. Students have also been giving out reusable water bottles to encourage students to drink tap water and from water fountains across campus.

A promotional video can be viewed at

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…