News Archive

Alumni Bring a Solar SPARK to Ravaged Nepal
Spring 2017
The Thrive Projects team of SU alumni and students is bringing power to parts of earthquake-ravaged Nepal with an easy energy fix and empowering its citizens to take the work even further. The first time Brian Kam ’16 assembled a solar-powered battery unit, two lights went on. The first signaled the battery was ready to charge Kam’s cell phone. The second flashed through Kam’s mind like a lightning bolt: Could this simple system help restore communication—and save lives—in disaster zones? Read More

Student Donation Brings Charge to Electric Vehicles on Campus
May 10, 2017
As a student entrepreneur who runs the clean-tech company SparkCharge, Josh Aviv ’14 (and a graduate student in the School of Information Studies) says he was surprised to learn there were no locations on campus to charge an electric vehicle. Electric cars are equipped to be charged using a wall socket, but that takes longer than the charging stations themselves. Thanks to Aviv, this is no longer the case. Read More

Student Entrepreneurs Win Prestigious Prizes for Clean Tech, Skills Training for Sustainability
May 1, 2017
Spark Charge, Josh Aviv and Jaydeep Sathe’s start-up that promises to end “range anxiety” among electric vehicle users, won two top prizes in the New York Business Plan Competition. Project Thrive, designed by Ryan Brinkerhoff, Brian Kam, Josh Moon, Khalid Bin Ayaz Khan, and Amanda Chou won the Social Entrepreneurship prize for their plan to empower underserved communities through education and skills training for sustainability. Read More

Syracuse University Ranked No.1 in NY in 2017 RecycleMania Tournament
April 28, 2017
Syracuse University participated in 2017 RecycleMania, a waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities, managed by Keep America Beautiful. While participating in several categories, looking only at New York State colleges and universities who participated in this competition, SU ranked first in the Gorilla Prize and second in the Per Capita Classic out of all competing schools located in New York State for the University’s participation in RecycleMania. Read More

Syracuse University Recognized as the ACC Conference Winner for the EPA Green Power Challenge
April 24, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Syracuse University as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In addition, the EPA recognized Syracuse University in February of this year as the nation’s 21st largest purchaser of green power on the EPA’s latest Top 30 College & University Green Power Partnership list. Read More

Come Celebrate at Earthfest Why Every Day Should be Earth Day
April 18, 2017
Syracuse University Sustainability Management, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), BrainFeeders, and Students of Sustainability (SOS) are sponsoring Earthfest, a free community wide, sustainability-themed music and arts festival celebrating Earth Day in the Thornden Park Amphitheater on Sunday, April 23, from noon-4 p.m., with a yoga session starting at 11:30 a.m. This year’s festival will continue the tradition of connecting Syracuse, SU, ESF and the local neighborhoods surrounding the campuses, to celebrate all the ways these communities keep our area sustainable and environmentally sound. Entry to the festival is free and food is available for purchase. Read More

Second Round of University Funding Announced for Projects to Reduce Energy Use, Promote Sustainability
March 7, 2017
The SU Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) program is offering up to $75,000 for faculty or student projects that advance the University’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, directly or indirectly, and raising awareness on campus about climate disruption and environmental sustainability. Funds will become available May 15. Syracuse University faculty and students from any discipline are invited to apply. Read More

Panel Discussion and Free Screening of the Documentary “A Plastic Ocean”
March 2, 2017
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. Read More

First Grants Awarded for Campus as Lab for Sustainability 
February 20, 2017
Six faculty and student projects will receive grants totaling $50,000 this spring through the new Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program. The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer opportunities for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Read More

Student-Supported Initiative Creates Reusable Bag Program at Bookstore
February 15, 2017
Starting July 1, the Bookstore will significantly reduce plastic use and will be offering a variety of reusable bag options. The Syracuse University Bookstore, in conjunction with the Student Association (SA), Students of Sustainability at Syracuse University and the Energy Systems & Sustainability Management Department, will be launching a reusable bag program starting this summer. The goal is to reduce usage of plastic bags, which can be harmful to the environment. Starting July 1, the Bookstore will significantly reduce plastic use and offer a variety of reusable bag option. Read More

University Kicks Off 2017 Recyclemania Competition
February 2, 2017
Syracuse University is once again participating in the 2017 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition, which aims to promote waste reduction and recycling activities on campuses across the United States and Canada. The competition starts February 5 and runs through April 1. The results will be announced in April. Winning schools will receive an award made out of recyclable materials and will host a special traveling trophy for this year. Read More

Campus Becomes a Laboratory for Sustainability Research and Education
January 26, 2017
Six faculty and student projects will receive grants totaling $50,000 this spring through the new Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program. The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer opportunities for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Funding for the 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 to support CALS grants now and in future years, on the theory that research and education about ways the campus interacts with climate and energy will only serve to enhance the University’s sustainability effortsRead More