Connecting climate change and human health

SU Professor Co-Authors Study on Clean Air, Health Benefits of EPA Plan

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EarthWeek Sustainability Poster Session

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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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Syracuse University News

Syracuse University News

Student Project Will Provide Clean Drinking Water to Honduran Village

The water supply in the Honduran village of El Cipres becomes unhealthy to drink each year when the rainy season hits. Civil and environmental engineering students devised a solution that will work without the use of electricity.

The small tropHondurasical village of El Ciprés in Honduras faces a problem every time the rainy season hits. Its stream-fed water supply becomes especially turbid—inundated with suspended soil particles and microbes. It takes on a murky appearance and becomes unhealthy to drink. Read more…

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….