Spring 1-Credit Workshops

Undergraduates from all disciplines are invited to take our hands-on workshops.

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Climatopia!

A zine-making workshop about climate solutions.

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SOS Mural

Students of Sustainability transform the neighborhood.

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What’s on Your Plate?

SOL 300 workshop on sustainable food choices.

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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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Syracuse University News

Syracuse University News

Shop and Eat Local this Month … and Support the United Way

J. Michael Shoes, Manny’s and Varsity Pizza are partnering with the employees of Syracuse University to raise funds for the United Way of Central New York this month. Through Dec. 19, the merchants will ask patrons to donate to the United Way at the point of purchase. A quick bar code scan will electronically tally a donation of any amount, allowing customers to donate by cash or credit card. At the end of the month, each merchant’s fundraising total will be donated to the United Way of Central New York as part of the Syracuse University campaign.

Customers will find this display at J. Michael Shoes, Manny's and Varsity Pizza through Dec. 19, enabling them to make a United Way donation at the register.“We’re happy to be partnering with Syracuse University to raise funds for the United Way of Central New York with an easy—and important—promotion,” said John Vavalo, owner of J. Michael Shoes.

“By asking our patrons to donate to United Way we can do a one-time promotion and support 91 local programs,” added Jerry Dellas, owner of Varsity Pizza.

Supplies for the promotion were donated by Syracuse University Printing Services. Read more…

 

University to Run on Reduced Occupancy Schedule During Holidays/Green Days

University to Run on Reduced Occupancy Schedule During Holidays/Green Days

The University will operate under its “Green Days” format for the Winter Break period from 5 p.m. Dec. 23 through Jan. 4, 2015. Beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 23, all University buildings will operate on a reduced occupancy schedule. Buildings will return to their normal occupancy schedule on Monday, Jan. 5. All academic and administrative buildings will be locked or closed during the period, and building temperatures will be set back to 60 degrees, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Web pages provide information on Winter Break/Green Day services and resources:

• University services available during Winter Break/Green Days: http://news.syr.edu/winterbreak/
• HR Winter Break/Green Days info: http://humanresources.syr.edu/winter-schedule/
• Winter Break/Green Days FAQ: http://humanresources.syr.edu/green-days-faq/

Questions can be directed to Nate Prior in the Energy Systems and Sustainability Management Department at 443-2999 or nrprior@syr.edu.    Full news release

Students present sustainable ideas for Master Plan

Students present sustainable ideas for Master Plan

By Christine Edgeworth ‘15

On June 24, 2014, Chancellor Syverud announced his Fast Forward Syracuse campaign, including a new Strategic Plan, campus master plan, and “Operational Excellence Program.” In light of these plans, Sherburne Abbott, SU’s Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives, challenged the students in her course, The Grand Challenge of Climate Change, to explore how sustainability can play a role in the Campus Master Plan. What role should sustainability and environmental values play in supporting the academic mission of the university, she asked, and how they could be incorporated into the Campus Master Plan?

Jason Ashley, a senior Political Science and Citizenship and Civic Engagement double-major, responded to the challenge. “The value of sustainability requires that when we create new spaces, or renovate existing ones, we give incredible attention to the impact of materials (including their extraction) on the surrounding environment, of the spaces’ context within the larger campus, and give great deference to the future use and impact of everything about the space.”

For his project, Jason chose to focus on the use of green space, suggesting that we eliminate the majority of Crouse Drive to make room for a biological sanctuary with a 50-seat amphitheater. He highlights how this would not only serve as a quiet space; it would also provide many environmental benefits, such as absorbing greenhouse gases, creating a wind break to reduce the wind tunnel effect on the Quad, absorb rain water instead of sending it downstream during heavy rain events, “and reduce the need for salt and other resources for ensuring a drivable area.”

Chiara Klein, a senior English and Textual Studies major, recommended that SU invest in green or vegetated roofs. “Green roofs are effective in their functioning as carbon sinks and sources of rainwater collection…They resonate with a mission to locally address a global issue of climate change, and they provide a university setting with the opportunity to be progressive, engaged, and exemplary,” she says.

The class presented their suggestions to Sasaki Associates, the firm SU is partnering with to carry out these plans, on October 27th, so it will be interesting to see what role sustainability will have in the Campus Master Plan and if any of these students’ ideas will be adopted.