Ten Tons of Love Donation Reaches 14 Tons

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, By Shannon Andre

From April 27 through May 11, campus community members participated in the annual Ten Tons of Love collection drive sponsored by the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. This year’s collection resulted in 14 tons of donated goods. The total for clothing, household items and electronics came to 12 tons, all of which benefited the Rescue Mission and its programming. The total food donations came to two tons. Due to an outpouring of food donations, Off-Campus and Commuter Services was able to stock the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry and provide additional donations to the Food Bank of Central New York and the Interreligious Food Consortium. “This year’s Tens Ton of Love effort was remarkable,” says Elin Riggs, director of the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. “Through our added partnerships and the great generosity of our campus community members, we were able to contribute even more to benefit the community.” For more information, contact the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services at 315.443.5489.

Five Projects Receive Campus as Lab for Sustainability Grants

Thursday, June 1, 2017, By Rachel May

Syracuse University’s Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program has completed its second round of applications and awarded nearly $75,000 in funding to faculty and students.

The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer opportunities for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community.

The following projects were selected:

  • College of Engineering and Computer Science students Alex Johnson, Yige Yang and David Zheng, under the supervision of Cliff Davidson, Thomas C. and Colleen L. Wilmot Professor of Engineering, and Assistant Professor Ben Akih-Kumgeh, will work on evaluating the water and energy performance of the large green roof at the Syracuse Center of Excellence building. Other advisors on the project include Assistant Professor Tarek Rakha (School of Architecture); Deanna McCay, EMPOWER program manager; Associate Professor Don Torrance (Newhouse School); Associate Professor Sharon Dotger (School of Education); and Assistant Professor Todd Moss, Whitman School.
  • Assistant Professor Bess Krietemeyer (School of Architecture), in collaboration with Professor Jason Dedrick (School of Information Studies) and Associate Professor Peng Gao (Maxwell School), proposed a project titled, “Campus Light Mapping: Analysis and Visualization of Sustainable Smart Lighting for Reducing GHG Emissions and Improving Campus Safety.” They will use GIS and energy simulation tools to map the nighttime illumination on campus, to identify opportunities for solar lighting and other efficient solutions, and to create a mobile map of safely lit walking routes around campus.
  • Assistant Professor Rakha and Associate Professor Senem Velipasalar (College of Engineering and Computer Science) will pursue a project to test unmanned aerial systems they have previously developed for measuring heat leakages from buildings. They will test the system on South Campus and use the results to inform the campus about energy efficiency issues and to offer suggestions for retrofitting the buildings.
  • Professor of Practice Svetoslava Todorova (College of Engineering and Computer Science) will collaborate with graduate students Katie Duggan, Elliot Twilley and Sounak Das on a mobile application to track the water and energy consumption of dormitory residents and to encourage behaviors that promote conservation of resources.
  • Emily Brown, legal writing professor in the College of Law, will supervise two law student research assistants, who will review climate change rules proposed by the federal government and distill the proposed rules into accessible summaries that can be quickly understood and shared via social media.

Funding for CALS grants comes from the Syracuse University Climate Action Plan. As energy efficiency efforts have been implemented in recent years, some of the savings have gone into a fund for this purpose. The initial round of funding, totaling $50,000, was awarded in January.

For the second round of funding, 15 applications were received, with requests for funding totaling nearly $200,000. The call for proposals encouraged multidisciplinary projects and projects from a broad range of disciplines; applicants and collaborators represented the School of Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, College of Engineering, School of Information Studies, College of Law, Maxwell School, Newhouse School, College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Whitman School. The selection committee was drawn from an advisory group of faculty from all the schools and colleges.

Prof. Sanin speaks at UN on Medellin as a model for sustainable urban design

Architecture’s Francisco Sanin to Join International Panel at Upcoming United Nations Event

Friday, May 5, 2017, By Elaine Wackerow

Francisco Sanin

On May 19, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, School of Architecture Professor Francisco Sanin will join a highly respected gathering of leading thinkers from around the globe as a panelist at the “Gateway Portals to the City” conference.

The high profile event is organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, in partnership with UN-Habitat NY and AIA NY. Stakeholders from government and private sectors, the United Nations network, and other international organizations will engage in dialogue regarding the critical role of sustainable infrastructure and city portals in urban transformation.

Among the many notables participating in this event will be H.E. Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary General; H.E. Peter Thomson, president, United Nations General Assembly; and Dr. Joan Clos, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat).

Professor Sanin will participate in a special case study session and provide expertise on the recent transformation of Medellin, Colombia. “It’s an honor to participate in this forum,” says Sanin. “The conference will explore case studies from around the world that go beyond the more traditional view of infrastructure, i.e. bridges and roads. The case of Medellin represents a more comprehensive understanding, one that includes social and political elements—schools, hospitals, markets, public spaces, etc.”

https _cdn.evbuc.com_images_30667656_111749137317_1_originalThe City of Medellin recommended Sanin’s selection as a panelist to represent “their story” at this event. Sanin was born and educated in Medellin, receiving his architectural diploma from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Of much greater significance, however, is the impact Sanin has had on Medellin’s dramatic transformation over the last few decades. Sanin has visited the city regularly to conduct workshops and seminars on urban design, led research on the city’s urban strategies—many resulting in development and becoming a road map for future transformative efforts. He has worked closely with Sergio Fajardo—currently governor of the state of Antioquia in Colombia, and former mayor of Medellin—in developing projects at the city and state level.

It is worth remembering that, in the late 1980s and 90s, Medellin was considered one of the most, if not the most, dangerous cities in the world. In recent years, Medellin has become recognized internationally for its urban and social transformation. It has won several international urban design prizes. In 2016, Medellin won the coveted Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in Singapore as the most innovative urban transformation in the world. In December 2016, “60 Minutes ”on CBS aired a special feature, “How Unconventional Thinking Transformed a War-Torn Colombia,” including an interview with Fajardo and examples of how strategic, comprehensive changes to infrastructure brought the city back to life.

Says Sanin, “Infrastructure can become a crucial tool of urban transformation. This conference represents a recognition of that and will be a forum to exchange the experience of Medellin with others from around the world.”

Professor Francisco Sanin is internationally known as an urban designer, noted for his extensive research in the history and theory of urban form. He is a practicing architect with work in several countries. He has received numerous awards in architectural competitions and has lectured, curated exhibitions, and published internationally. He was director of the Syracuse University Architecture program in London from 2014-2016, chair of the school’s graduate program from 2010-2013, and director of the Syracuse Architecture Florence program from 2005-2008. He has previously taught at Princeton, the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Kingston and Greenwich Universities in the UK, and the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. He has been a visiting professor in schools around the world, including the Korean National University of Arts, Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, UPB in Medellin, Colombia, and Miami University.




Sustainability Management at Syracuse University and student groups Students of Sustainability and Green Peace SU will be hosting a panel discussion on plastic pollution at 5:30pm followed by a free screening of “A Plastic Ocean” at 6:45pm on March 29 in Watson Theater, in Watson Hall.

For filming “A Plastic Ocean,” an international team of adventurers, researches and ocean ambassadors came together to explore our disposable lifestyles on a global scale. The team spent four years and traveled to 20 locations around the world in order to document the global effects that plastic pollution generates. The documentary not only shows the shocking impact of our disposable lifestyle on marine life and human health, but also introduces practical technology and policy solutions that can make our earth better.

“Over 100 million pounds of plastic are disposed of each year in Onondaga County alone,” said Andrew Radin. “Many plastics are recyclable, but too often they end up in the trash, or end up as litter in our community. I’m interested in tackling one of the main culprits: plastic bags.”

Regarded as an epic global adventure, “A Plastic Ocean” investigates how human beings’ addiction to plastic is affecting the global food chain and how that impacts every one of us through developing human health problems. “Wild animals will often try to eat whatever looks like food–including plastic, which they cannot digest”, said Amanda Gabryszak. “It’s sad. No matter how many times you see it, it never gets easier to see an animal suffering. At the larger scale, if plastic is in the wildlife, it’s in us. It’s an interconnected issue”.

Join Amanda Gabryszak, a licensed New York State Wildlife Rehabilator, Andrew Radin Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA), Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction, and Tom Rhoads, Commissioner of the Department of Water Environment Protection for Onondaga County for the panel discussion. The panelists will discuss their work experiences with plastics and how it can create issues for their specific area of expertise.

Refreshments will be provided by Sustainability Management. This is a waste-free event; attendees are encouraged to bring their own mugs, cups or plates to minimize the amount of trash generated during the gathering. Fruit, apple cider and cookies will be provided.

To preview “A Plastic Ocean”, watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw, the film is 102 minutes long.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors can park in Booth Garage (cost is $5), located on Comstock Avenue, and use the Waverly Avenue entrance to Watson Hall to gain access to the theater.  Anyone who holds an SU parking pass can park in any Orange lot for free after 4 p.m., which includes Booth Garage. To view a detailed map of SU, Watson Hall and Booth Garage, please visit http://parking.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Pad-North-Master-20161007.pdf.

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

Story by Jiangyifan Ke G’17, a public relations intern with Sustainability Management