Are You Ready for Winter?
October 2010
White, glittery snow made a surprise appearance on my car a few mornings ago. It is only the end of October, and already Central New York is waking up to December weather! This is a sign that I need to take time out of my schedule soon and make sure that my home is ready for winter. Winter preparation is an important task that all homeowners and renters should incorporate into their fall activities. Why? Depending on your maintenance issues, it can save you on expenses throughout the winter months and, looking at the bigger picture, it can lower your personal carbon footprint. Did you know that many homes lose a large amount of heat through the windows in cold weather, pushing the heating systems to work harder than they should have to, increasing the amount of energy needed to heat the home? If you take a day now to prepare your home for winter, you can do a lot to minimize this and other sources of high energy bills and winter worry. Read More

Summer Driving Tips
May 2010
It’s that time of year again. The hustle and bustle of summer usually means spending more time behind the wheel. With the price of gasoline still hovering near $3 per gallon, the cost of going mobile can quickly add up. Whether you’re running around town, going on a road trip or commuting to work, the following tips can help make your travels less costly and more eco-friendly. Keep your vehicle well. Regular engine fluid level checks and routine service such as oil changes, tune ups and changing the air filter according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications can help boost fuel efficiency and reduce excessive air pollution. If the “check engine” or “service engine soon” warning light comes on, have it checked out right away as any problems could quickly lead to poor fuel economy and expensive repairs. Read More

Student Video Contest Offers Chance to Win Recycling Bins for SU
April 2010
The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and Alcoa are sponsoring a “College Recycling Video Contest” to encourage recycling on campuses. The contest is open to all students of New York colleges and universities. Three winning videos will be selected and each winning school will be awarded a share of 2,000 recycling bins. Read More

SU Showcase to Feature University’s First Rain Garden
March 2010
Syracuse University will soon install its first rain garden to enhance campus sustainability by reducing storm water runoff from the Waverly parking lot. The Waverly Rain Garden, an SU Showcase project, is scheduled to be built on April 10, just outside of the Henry Center on a grass-covered hill within the parking lot, located at the corner of South Crouse and Waverly avenues. A rain garden is a sunken garden designed to absorb rainwater runoff from surrounding areas such as roofs, driveways, walkways and compacted lawns. Storm water flows into the garden and slowly seeps into the ground, acting as a natural filter for runoff contaminants and reducing the amount of rainwater entering storm drains. This helps to avoid storm system overloads that can cause erosion, water pollution, flooding and diminished groundwater. Read More

A Newbie’s Quest for Greater Sustainability Knowledge
March 2010
Are you relatively new to sustainability? Looking to pursue greater sustainability knowledge? Well, you’re not alone. First let me introduce myself. My name is Will Wallak, public relations coordinator with Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division of Energy and Computing Management. Since joining the Sustainability Division in February, I’ve been on a quest to learn more about all things green and sustainable. Thanks to my knowledgeable and patient co-workers, I’ve come a long way in a very short time. Let me share with you a glimpse into my recent journey. Well, my past professional experiences did not necessarily bend toward sustainability, but I wasn’t totally ignorant to green ways. My family and I religiously recycle according to county laws, use mostly energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and recently installed a low-flow shower head. And when it came time to replace our tired old linoleum floor a few years ago, we chose bamboo hardwood flooring, a sustainable material. Read More

Syracuse University again recognized as top green power partner
February 24, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again recognized Syracuse University for its significant green power purchases. The University was ranked the nation’s 15th largest purchaser of green power as of January 2010 on the EPA’s latest Top 20 College & University Green Power Partnership list. Over the past four years, the EPA has recognized the University as a leading purchaser of green power among the nation’s colleges and universities. Since July 2005, the University has voluntarily purchased 20 percent of its electricity each year in the form of green power. This currently equates to 22.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of certified low-impact hydro renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased from Constellation New Energy. The RECs guarantee the specified amount of green power is generated on the University’s behalf and added to the grid, thus reducing the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ purchased electricity use. Read More

Bowne Hall is New ‘Green’ Home of Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
The Syracuse Biomaterials Institute (SBI) has been busy settling into its newly renovated “green” home in Bowne Hall since moving in last month. The space, which covers part of the third floor and the entire fourth floor, was revamped using a variety of sustainable techniques and materials. As a result, Syracuse University will be seeking green building recognition for the project by applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. “Our new, renovated space is spectacular and was much needed,” says Patrick T. Mather, director of SBI. “We’ve now brought together several different research labs that were formerly scattered throughout Link Hall. The new setup is geared toward greater coordination, efficiency, collaboration and improved education of students.” Read More

SU’s Parking and Transit Services promotes sustainability through Convenient One-Seat Rides Program
Syracuse University Parking and Transit Services is announcing a more sustainable option for transportation to campus for SU employees, as part of the University’s commitment to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment signed by Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor in February 2007. As a more energy efficient and greener mode of transportation to campus, the Convenient One-Seat Rides program encourages University employees to park their cars and ride a Centro bus directly to campus from eight Syracuse-area locations, including Camillus, Central Square, Cicero-North Syracuse, DeWitt and Liverpool. SU employees can now park in a convenient location closer to home, ride Centro to work without having to change buses, and at the end of the day ride the Centro bus back to their car. Read More