Screening of ‘Wasted! The Story of Food Waste!’ and Panel Focus on Environmental, Societal Impacts of Food Waste

Monday, April 2, 2018, By News Staff

'Wasted!' posterSU Sustainability Management, the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCCRA) and student group Students of Sustainability are hosting a screening of the new documentary “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Watson Theater in the Robert B. Menschel Media Center, 316 Waverly Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m.

A panel discussion will follow the screening of the 90-minute feature film. Sustainability Management is providing refreshments. Both the film and panel are free and open to the public.

The film features influential chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who inspires viewers to think about the environmental and social impacts of food waste. Alongside Bourdain are other chefs—Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura and Danny Bowien—who are battling food waste and describe how they have discovered solutions to the problem. View the trailer here.

“This is an important and informative film and a project I’m proud to be part of,” says Bourdain, the film’s executive producer. “Chefs have been at the cutting edge of efforts to contend responsibly with the problem of food waste, perhaps because they, more than others, are painfully aware of the egregious volume of perfectly usable, nutritious food that could otherwise feed people in need, being thrown out in our restaurants.”

Food waste is not only a national problem; it is a local problem. SU campus dining centers send the leftover food scraps from student trays and back-of-the-house scraps to OCRRA’s Amboy facility to be turned into compost. “The single largest component of Onondaga County’s trash is food waste, and that is true for most areas of the country,” says OCRRA Recycling Specialist Dale Cocca. “We have an opportunity to reduce that by composting food scraps instead of throwing them out.”

Chef Massimo Botura in a scene from “Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste.”

Panelists for the post-screening discussion are Greg Gelewski, OCRRA compost operations manager; Shewa Shwani, Food Recovery Network SU/ESF president; and Melissa Cadwell, SU sustainability coordinator.

As this is a waste-free event, attendees are encouraged to bring their own mugs, cups or plates to minimize the amount of trash generated. Fruit, apple cider and cookies will be offered.

Visitor parking is in Booth Garage ($5); those with an SU parking pas may use any Orange lot for free.

For more information about sustainability at SU, visit the SU Sustainability website, follow @SustainableSU and @SOSatSU on Twitter; and check out the Syracuse University Sustainability Facebook page.

Future Remains Bright for Solar Energy Industry – Tarriffs Setback Only Temporary

Thursday, March 15, 2018, By Daryl Lovell

According to the quarterly solar market report released March 15 by GTM Research, U.S. solar energy installation growth is expected to slow in the coming years, due in part to new tariffs on panel imports and new federal tax laws.

Eric Schiff is a professor and Physics Department Chair at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He doesn’t see steel tariffs as a problem for the solar installation industry. Schiff believes the cost savings of unsubsidized solar electricity will keep it thriving in the long run.

Schiff says:

“I don’t think that the problem with solar installations is the steel tariffs. Tariffs were already applied to solar module imports last year. These tariffs protect the rather small number of surviving solar module manufacturers in the U.S. They also make the price of solar modules higher in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. As the media has reported, the main impact of the U.S. solar tariffs will be a temporary decrease in the number of U.S. jobs installing solar modules.

“Despite these difficulties, the future for solar installations is very bright in the U.S. For veterans such as myself, it is amazing that the price of electricity from solar modules has decreased almost 100 times since I started my own research work in semiconductors almost 40 years ago. And the price of solar modules is still declining rapidly on the world market, which is unaffected by the U.S. tariffs.

“In many locations, and despite the tariffs, unsubsidized solar electricity is still cheaper to add than electricity from other sources such as natural gas-fired generators. The setback to the U.S. industry should only be temporary.”


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University College, Student Association Partner to Help Rescue Mission

Friday, March 16, 2018, By News Staff

Rescye Mission logoUniversity College and Student Association are partnering with the Rescue Mission to hold a collection drive to gather toiletry items for those in need. The campuswide initiative will take place from March 19-30 as part of SU’s Forever Orange Week. Collection boxes will be placed in the Schine Student Center, University College, Day Hall, Flint Hall, Brewster Hall, Boland Hall and Ernie Davis Hall. Collection boxes will also be placed in Graham Dining Hall, Brockway Dining Hall and Goldstein Student Center on South campus.

Items needed include:

  • deodorant—men’s and women’s
  • razors—men’s and women’s
  • shaving cream
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • shower gel/body wash
  • soap
  • feminine hygiene products

The Student Association is leading the effort as part of its “Spring into Action” campaign. Their hope is that this year’s campaign will encourage future partnerships between university and community entities. “The Student Association is thrilled to collaborate with University College for their 100th year celebration with a collection drive,” says John Beavins Woltman, a member of the Student Association. “We look forward to a successful event with cross-campus involvement, and believe that this is the beginning of a strong collaboration between SA, University College, campus and community organizations.”

As part of this event, on March 27 Chipotle restaurant on Marshall Street will donate 50 percent of its proceeds from 4 p.m. to close to the Rescue Mission.

University College has a long history of community engagement,” says Eileen Jevis, communications manager. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2018, partnering with the Rescue Mission and the Student Association was a natural way to continue to strengthen our connections across campus and in the community. Syracuse University is a strong supporter of the Rescue Mission and we are pleased to be able to participate.”

“We appreciate Syracuse University’s dedication to helping those in need by collecting hygiene items for the Rescue Mission,” says Glenna Croy, director of Volunteer Services at the Rescue Mission. “Hundreds of hygiene items are given out to our clients each month so we are grateful for the members of the community that help us fulfill this need.”

University College staff will join students on March 30 in the atrium of the Schine Student Center to sort items collected. If you would like to volunteer to pick up or sort items, please contact Woltman at For more information, contact Jevis at 315.443.3527 or

Still Time to Take Part in RecycleMania

Still Time to Take Part in RecycleMania

RecycleMania ends April 1, but that does not mean it is too late to help Syracuse University win the competition.

The University is a single stream recycling campus—meaning all of your recyclables can be tossed in one recycling bin, or in some instances in the two-bin system. Your recyclables are then sent to a recycling facility to be sorted, baled and sold to become items made from recycled content.

Not sure, what you can recycle? Quick tips to recycling:

Plastic items with this symbol on the bottom and a 1, 2, or 5 inside it:

  • bottle-necked plastic containers, beverages with a 1 or 2 on the bottom
  • plastic tubs containing a 5

Other recyclable items are:

  • beverage cartons such as milk, soymilk, orange juice, juice boxes, etc.
  • aluminum and tin cans
  • glass bottles and jars
  • paper and paperboard
  • cardboard (please flatten and place next to the bin)

Still unsure? Join Sustainability Management in Bird Library on Wednesday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to learn about common items that should be discarded in the trash but end up in the recycle bin. Free cupcakes and cookies, until they are gone, will be given to everyone who stops in to learn more about recycling.

Campus Framework plans for reducing carbon footprint at Syracuse University in early stages

As part of Syracuse University’s major Campus Framework plan, officials have said they want to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and utilize more solar energy systems.

But those ideas are still in early planning stages, and it’s unclear how long it will be there is concrete action in SU’s efforts to bolster sustainability initiatives under the framework. More than a year after the first draft of the framework was released, SU still does not have specific plans on how or when it will conduct studies on possible renovations of the steam station, said Nathan Prior, director of energy systems and sustainability management.

The station, which heats the university’s Main Campus and is near the Brewster/Boland/Brockway Complex, is included in the Campus Framework draft as a target for SU to reduce its carbon footprint. But there’s no confirmed date for when those plans will be finalized.

“We’re back to the drawing board reworking some of those,” Prior said of framework plans regarding the steam station in the next 50 years.

The framework is Chancellor Kent Syverud’s 20-year infrastructure document detailing short- and long-term campus development initiatives. It includes several major projects, including the ongoing National Veterans Resource Complex construction at the intersection of South Crouse and Waverly avenues.

Prior also said SU does not yet know how many solar panels the university will purchase as part of the plan. The second draft of the Campus Framework stated one of its “opportunities” was to install additional solar panels in campus buildings.

Because studies are still being conducted, the exact number of solar panels on new buildings is still unknown. But the panels are always considered when SU works on any project that requires the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, said Joe Alfieri, director of SU’s Campus Planning, Design and Construction.

According to the framework’s second draft, “significant reductions in energy consumption from nonrenewable sources are expected” once the plan is implemented. The exact amount of money and energy that will be saved by the plan is currently unknown.

“A lot of that’s going to depend on the new technologies that will be adopted as part of what’s being constructed as part of the Campus Framework,” Prior said. “Without knowing exactly what is going to be constructed when, it’s very difficult to quantify.”

The framework also stated that SU could “use electric cars and buses for campus vehicles.” But Prior said the university will decide whether those ideas could be used “a little further down the road.”

A lot of that’s going to depend on the new technologies that will be adopted as part of what’s being constructed as part of the Campus Framework. Without knowing exactly what is going to be constructed when, it’s very difficult to quantify.

Nathan Prior, director of energy systems and sustainability management

SU can also “produce renewable energy using rooftop solar panels and purchase renewable wind energy,” according to the plan’s second draft. Twenty percent of the university’s annual electricity spending is from state-generated wind power, “which creates virtually no greenhouse gases,” per the document.

But Prior said SU will not buy more wind power in the future. It will, though, improve renewable energy usage on campus by generating more wind power, he said.

Because there is no exact timeline for the plan, officials can focus on energy reduction as a project-to-project basis, instead of all at once, Alfieri said.

Alfieri said that, as part of that effort, the university is focusing on LEED standards, a rating system designed by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate environmental performances of buildings. LEED buildings save energy, water and resources; generate less waste; and support human health, according to the USGBC’s website.

Because there is no exact timeline for the plan, officials can focus on energy reduction as a project-to-project basis, instead of all at once.

Joe Alfieri, director of SU’s Campus Planning, Design and Construction

The second draft of the Campus Framework calls for all related projects that cost more than $5 million to be LEED-certified. But Alfieri said that, as of now, any framework-associated project that costs more than $10 million must meet the LEED standards.

“All of our buildings have to comply with the existing New York state energy code,” Alfieri said. “And then applying LEED standards, on top of that, is making them more environmentally sustainable.”

Two of the framework’s biggest projects, the multimillion-dollar renovations at Archbold Gymnasium and $62.5 million National Veterans Resource Complex, are both on track to meet LEED standards, Alfieri said. The NVRC is also going to have a “very high-performance building facade,” he said. Temperatures can be maintained “within a comfortable range” using the least amount of energy possible, Alfieri said, with the building’s facade.

“The priority at this point in time is to invest in campus facilities in order to make them more energy efficient, instead of just purchasing offsets,” Prior said.

National Wildlife Federation Second Annual, virtual EcoCareers Conference

Land your dream job for the planet with NWF’s EcoCareers Conference 2018 (an online, two-day event, February 21-22) for faculty, staff, pre-college and college students and young professionals! 


Find out more and register today:


Entrepreneurs and professionals from leading organizations and businesses, will share insider knowledge on the latest clean economy jobs trends, employment demand, and required credentials and experience across myriad fields ranging from outdoor recreation to solar.


Speakers include:


– Philippe Cousteau, multi Emmy-nominated TV host and producer as well as an author, speaker and social entrepreneur for ocean conservation.

– Jigar Shah, president and co-founder of Generate Capital, creator of hundreds of thousands of solar jobs across the world, pioneer of “no money down solar.”

– Lisa Yee-Litzenberg, founder and president of Green Career Advisor who has spent over 22 years as a green career expert.

– Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African-American connections and leadership in nature.

– David Mizejewski, media personality, author, blogger and a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.


Please join us for this two-day virtual event on February 21 and 22, 2018 to learn more about:


– Finding well-paid jobs in the green economy

– Developing effective career plans

– Identifying top degree programs and project leadership credentials

– Interacting with others across fields interested in leading for a green economy


Campus Partners: A benefit for NWF EcoLeader Partners is free registration for the EcoCareers conference for all faculty, staff and students on campus (and through February 2018 all new campus partners receive a 15% membership discount).


Students: Registration is complimentary for all members of the NWF EcoLeaders community! Joining the EcoLeaders Community is also free!

Faculty and Staff: Group discounts available for classes or groups.



SU Begins 2018 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition

Friday, February 2, 2018
logoBeginning on Sunday, Feb. 4, the Syracuse University community will participate in RecycleMania, the eight-week national recycling and waste reduction competition with colleges across the United States and Canada.

In the spirit of the competition and to improve the University’s overall recycling efforts, Sustainability Management will have a Spin the Wheel event, “To Recycle or Not to Recycle,” on Feb. 14 in the Schine Student Center atrium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first 120 participants to test their recycling knowledge will receive a cookie for playing the game. A second event called “Trash or Not” will be held on Feb. 28 in the Schine atrium.

Syracuse University has placed high against other Atlantic Coast Conference schools during the past few years. Last year just three ACC schools (Boston College, University of Louisville and the University of Pittsburgh) outperformed Syracuse in their waste reduction efforts.

“With the University community’s help, not only will we beat out our fierce competition, but we also have the opportunity to win the competition for 2018,” says Melissa Cadwell, sustainability coordinator of Sustainability Management. “Syracuse University could very easily increase in the national ranking, while continuing to improve recycling efforts on campus.”

The University community could improve its rankings or even take first place specifically for Total Recycling, Per Capita and Organics. Last year nationally only 11 colleges and universities out-recycled Syracuse University for Total Recycling.

This year the University will compete in the Classic Tournament, which involves three main categories: Stephan K Gaski Per Capita Classic, Diversion (formally Grand Champion) and Food Organics, all based on the weight of recyclables, trash and food organics. The University will submit actual weights, collected each week by the University’s Sustainability Management unit, to be ranked against the other competing schools. The competition runs through April 4, and the results will be announced April 16.

In last year’s competition, Syracuse University ranked 12th in the Bragging Rights Category for Total Recycling against 214 competing schools with 901,280 pounds of recyclables. Out of the New York State colleges and universities, Syracuse University ranked first out of 19 participating in this category. This category recognizes schools with the highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard, and bottles and cans.

The Stephan K Gaski Per Capita Classic measures the weight of recyclables divided by the campus population. Last year, with 23.78 pounds recycled per person, the University ranked 31st in the country out of 245 colleges and universities. In New York State, Syracuse University ranked second out of the 19 participating schools.

In 2017 in the Diversion Category, with a recycling rate of 47.1 percent, Syracuse University ranked 52 out of 190 colleges and universities that participated nationally and third out of the 18 in New York State. This category combines trash, recyclables and food organics to determine the schools recycling rate as a percentage of overall waste.

The University also competes in the Food Organics category, last year coming in 32nd place out of 134 colleges and universities with 9.886 pounds of organics per capita sent to the Onondaga Country Resource Recovery’s Compost site.

Last year’s RecycleMania featured 320 schools participating from 46 states in the United States and Canada. More than 4.1 million students and staff recycled and composted 69.9 million pounds of recyclables and food organics.

The University complies with the Onondaga County Source Separation Law and has on-campus recycling bins for mandatory recyclables, such as paper, cardboard and cans/bottles. SU also recycles specialized items, including batteries, electronics, polystyrene cold shipping boxes, fluorescent light bulbs, scrap metal, compostable yard waste and construction debris. In addition, the University’s dining centers compost pre- and post-consumer scraps and donate leftover food to the SU/ESF Food Recovery Network, a student movement that uses donated leftovers to reduce food waste while feeding those in need.

Sustainability Management can provide further information on sustainability and recycling efforts. Visit the SU Sustainability website, follow @SustainableSU on Twitter and Instagram, and check out the Syracuse University Sustainability Facebook page.

To learn more about RecycleMania, visit

About Syracuse University

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private international research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through teaching excellence, rigorous scholarship and interdisciplinary research. Comprising 11 academic schools and colleges, the University has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines that prepares students for the complex challenges and emerging opportunities of a rapidly changing world. Students enjoy the resources of a 270-acre main campus and extended campus venues in major national metropolitan hubs and across three continents. Syracuse’s student body is among the most diverse for an institution of its kind across multiple dimensions, and students typically represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Syracuse also has a long legacy of supporting veterans and is home to the nationally recognized Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the first university-based institute in the U.S. focused on addressing the unique needs of veterans and their families.

‘Climate Comments’ Website Translates Complex Climate Change Policy into Plain Language

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, By Martin Walls

Climate Comments,” a website designed to make accessible complex environmental regulations and proposals and to inspire individuals to participate in public policy decisions about climate change that affect their lives, has been published by Emily Brown, assistant teaching professor in the College of Law. Developed with a Syracuse University Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) grant, the site currently explores the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

The site not only encourages individuals to learn about climate change regulations and proposals, it facilitates interacting with them via the website and provides examples of comments both for and against new proposals. The comment period for the CPP repeal proposal ends on Jan. 16.

The CALS grant enabled Brown to work with three law student research assistants and four undergraduates from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to review climate change regulations and to distill proposed rules into accessible summaries on the website. These short, plain English policy analyses also are being shared via Twitter (@Climate_Comment) and Facebook ( in a social media campaign that aims to harness the potential of college student engagement in public policy debates surrounding climate change rule-making.

On the website, the law students and undergraduates have summarized pertinent information about critical climate change policies put forward by previous administrations and now under review by President Donald J. Trump. The CPP—developed by the Obama Administration—aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32 percent by 2030, but the current administration is proposing to repeal CPP in its entirety.

Another regulation under review is the Clean Air Act (CAA), one of the most comprehensive air quality laws in the world, which was first enacted in 1963 and which has been through several amendments. The Trump Administration proposes to return to an interpretation that limits emission-reduction measures applied to individual sources rather than whole industries. Also on the website is a summary of the 2009 EPA “Endangerment Finding,” which was a result of the Massachusetts v. EPA (2007) Supreme Court decision holding that greenhouse gases (GHGs) are pollutants under the CAA and that current and projected levels of six GHGs threaten the health and human welfare of current and future generations.

Brown’s project was one of five selected by the University during the latest round of CALS funding, which called for projects that address climate disruption and that offer an opportunity for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Funding for CALS grants comes from the Syracuse University Climate Action Plan. As energy efficiency efforts have been implemented on the Syracuse campus in recent years, some of the savings have gone into this research fund. The selection committee was drawn from an advisory group of faculty from all University schools and colleges.

About Syracuse University

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private international research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through teaching excellence, rigorous scholarship and interdisciplinary research. Comprising 11 academic schools and colleges, the University has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines that prepares students for the complex challenges and emerging opportunities of a rapidly changing world. Students enjoy the resources of a 270-acre main campus and extended campus venues in major national metropolitan hubs and across three continents. Syracuse’s student body is among the most diverse for an institution of its kind across multiple dimensions, and students typically represent all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Syracuse also has a long legacy of supporting veterans and is home to the nationally recognized Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the first university-based institute in the U.S. focused on addressing the unique needs of veterans and their families.

Syracuse University Hult Prize winners announced

Student startups Farm to Flame Energy and Drop Top won first and second place respectively in the Syracuse campus qualifier for the prestigious Hult Prize, hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library this week.

Farm to Flame Energy will now advance to one of 15 regional finals in March 2018, and first alternate, Drop Top, will move on to an open national competition, with another opportunity for a spot at the regionals.

A winning team from each of the 15 regional finals will be selected to participate in an eight-week summer residency at the Hult Castle accelerator in the United Kingdom, and a chance to pitch at the United Nations in September 2018, with the winning team receiving the $1,000,000 grand prize.

Farm to Flame Energy team members, William McKnight (left) and Sayje Lasenberry (right)

Farm to Flame Energy, is founded by William Lee Mendes McKnight ’18, Arts and Sciences.  The venture partners with entrepreneurially-minded community members in developing countries to collaboratively design and develop micro-grid solutions, leveraging locally grown crops, to harness the power of energy and build more sustainable rural economies.

Farm to Flame Energy’s patented, smokeless, odorless, efficient bio-mass combustion system can be used for micro-grids, and integrated with a cloud-based sensor system and data analysis for real-time monitoring.  The team proposed a franchise model to achieve scalability, empowering community entrepreneurs and farmers in developing countries to become business partners.  The model includes a strong agricultural education component, teaching local farmers how to plant high yield energy crops that are best suited for their climate and soils, which can be used as local biomass sources.

The model created by Farm to Flame Energy has the power to address Hult’s goal of impacting 10 million people by the year 2025, since it is estimated that 960 million people live in energy poverty in rural areas around the globe.  “I am thrilled that our venture is gaining recognition, so that we can start bringing electricity to those who need it,” said McKnight, who is majoring in history and minoring in chemistry.  He is the son of Lee McKnight, associate professor in the iSchool.

Farm to Flame Energy team members include Kwaku Jyamfi ’18, a chemical engineering major in Engineering and Computer Science, and Sayje Lasenberry ’19, who is majoring in sustainable energy management at SUNY ESF.

Drop Top team members (left to right), Matthew Goodman, Jason Kuperberg and Serena DeSeta

Second place winner, and alternate for the regionals, is Drop Top, with a concept to conserve water and enhance drip irrigation utilizing REVLAR, a waterproof, tear-proof, durable, and impervious paper-thin material specifically designed to withstand high/low temperature fluctuations.  Drop Top’s ingenious design, made entirely of REVLAR, increases agricultural output while conserving water.  The venture also utilizes a franchise model to create scalability and help local farmers become entrepreneurs through education and empowerment.

Drop Top team members include Jason Kuperberg ’18, a biotechnology major in Arts and Sciences,  Serena DeSeta ’18, a dual major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and advertising and business communication in Whitman, and Matthew Goodman ’19, a design major in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA).

Hult Prize Syracuse campus judges included:  Alejandro S Amezcua, Assistant Professor, Whitman School of Management; Karen Livingston, energy entrepreneur and senior business advisor, New York State Small Business Development Center; Joshua Aviv, founder, SparkCharge, and entrepreneur in residence, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship; David Eihlers, innovation consultant, and former co-founder of Blue Highway, as well as adjunct faculty, MBA@SU; and Amanda Chou ’18, founding member and chief marketing officer of Thrive Projects. Thrive Projects was last year’s Syracuse campus Hult Prize winner, and went on to the regionals in Boston.

Ten teams pitched in the campus qualifier, receiving consistently high scores from the judges in a very tight competition.  The other eight teams included:  ComEnergy, led by Tyler Vartabedian (Engineering and Computer Science); Flow, led by Michael McCormack (Whitman); Flux, led by Nate Banks (Architecture); GiraTech, led by Teodoro DeLellis (Engineering and Computer Science); Inspire, led by Kayla Simon (Engineering and Computer Science) and Kutokea, led by Aaron Mwewa (Maxwell).

The Hult Prize, known as “The Nobel Prize for student startups,” seeks out game-changing student social enterprises that compete to solve the world’s toughest challenges.  This year’s theme, “Harnessing the Power of Energy,” issued a challenge to conceive a scalable solution to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025.  Energy-powered innovation was broadly defined to include six core areas:  connectivity; mobility; farming, food and agriculture; water collection, storage and transport; health and the human experience; and education.  Syracuse winning teams, Farm to Flame Energy and Drop Top, proposed ideas that combined energy, agriculture, education, conservation, and sustainable enterprise. Judges particularly liked their grassroots-driven franchise models that encouraged community-based entrepreneurship, as well as energy innovation.

Swedish billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Bertil Hult established the competition in 2009, and each year the Hult family donates $1,000,000 in seed capital to the winning social enterprise. Rutgers Business School students won last year’s grand prize for their solar-powered rickshaw, Roshni Rides, to reduce energy and encourage sustainable transportation in developing countries with large refugee populations.

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Invest Syracuse Progress: New Euclid Route Shuttle to Launch in the Spring Semester

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, By Shannon Andre

As part of the $100 million Invest Syracuse initiative to enhance the student experience, Syracuse University, in collaboration with Student Association (SA) and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), announced plans for a new pilot shuttle to service Euclid Avenue. The new shuttle route will increase late night, off-campus transportation options.

Bus at the College Place bus stop

The Euclid Avenue shuttle route will operate during late-night hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with stops along Euclid Avenue down to Westcott Street. SA leaders James Franco ’18, president, and Angie Pati ’18, vice president, say a strong partnership with University leaders and passionate student advocates made the new shuttle route possible.

“One of Student Association’s priorities is to enable safe transportation of students around the campus and communities surrounding it. We were able to offer a successful ride-sharing partnership earlier in the semester that helped address this, and now we are excited to see one of our flagship initiatives become a reality in the spring semester,” says Franco. “We truly believe that this will improve the quality of student life for many, as students now can have access to a consistent, convenient and safe way to travel around the most heavily student-populated neighborhoods off campus. We are thankful to the many people who made this possible and appreciate the support of University leaders.”

Working with SA and GSO, the Divisions of Enrollment and the Student Experience; Business, Finance and Administrative Services; and Campus Safety and Emergency Services outlined plans to launch the shuttle. The Parking and Transit Services team assessed routes in the east neighborhood and found opportunities to expand services.

The Euclid Avenue shuttle route will operate during late-night hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with stops along Euclid Avenue down to Westcott Street. The new route will include stops most requested by students and run at an increased frequency. Additionally, due to student interest, beginning in the spring semester, the Price Rite, located on Erie Boulevard, will be added to the East Campus Bus route on Saturday and Sunday.

“We are pleased that one of the first Invest Syracuse initiatives to enhance the student experience comes as a result of direct partnership with student leadership,” says Dolan Evanovich, senior vice president for enrollment and the student experience. “The additions we are making will not only provide greater convenience and access to the east neighborhood, but also increase safe travel options when students live or travel off-campus. We look forward to continuing to work with Student Association and GSO to launch this program.”

Additional details, including times and route information, will be posted on the Parking and Transit Services website in the coming weeks.