Biodiversity and Art

Students explore and record the variety of species living near campus.

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Climate Change Garden

SU installs a unique arboretum for studying the impacts of climate change.

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Studying storm water

A white piezometer measures water flow in the Waverly Rain Garden

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Focusing on Onondaga Lake

Faculty tour the Onondaga Lake watershed to develop place-based educational materials.

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Creative Climate

The Creative Climate Workshop produced strong messages about climate change

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Plastic Impact

The critical problem of plastic pollution in the oceans was the topic…

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SU Launches Zimride Ridesharing Program

Syracuse University has launched Zimride, a new ridesharing program aimed at providing transportation options and benefits for students, faculty and staff. A goal of the prZimrideogram is also to help to reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

The private service connects potential drivers and passengers easily, helping to make carpooling an easier option. Cornell University and Ithaca College are among the area colleges and universities enrolled in the network. Read more…

CAMPUS AS LABORATORY

Students Shape Carrier Dome Rain Capture Project

Sustainability at Syracuse University is a collaboration between our educational mission and campus operations. DOMELOGOOne such exciting collaboration has been focusing on collecting rain water from the 7-acre roof of the Carrier Dome for use in flushing toilets during Dome events. Project manager Jack Osinski of Campus Design, Planning, and Construction welcomed the participation of engineering and design students, and their input has shaped the project for the better.

Communications Design students Tierney Latella and Sam Proctor worked with outside consultants from Environmental Design and Research to find effective ways of communicating to Dome visitors about the rain water project. As a result, the students will see their mural design gracing the walls of the Dome restrooms, and their simple but effective logo of water dripping from an SU “S” pipe will appear throughout the Dome and on other rain capture projects around campus.

Engineering Senior Matthew Mitch got involved in the Dome rain capture project as part of a senior design course. His team, “Otto’s Army Corps of Engineers,” took on the task of creating their own design for the system. “The Dome is a huge icon on campus and by using it as an example of SU’s dedication to sustainability it can change the way students think about sustainability,” says Mitch.

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SPOTLIGHT

Students Form Sustainability Organizations on Campus

For Elizabeth Kahn, being president of Students of Sustainability at Syracuse University is not just a campus commitment. A few weeks ago, Kahn spent her weekend in Washington, D.C., with 12 other students in the organization to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

She raises her voice so that others might understand what she is so passionate about.

“The word sustainability flies over people’s heads. They hear it, but don’t know what it means,” says Kahn, a junior advertising major Read more…