2018

EPA and College Consensus Rank Syracuse University 8th Among Top 25 Green Colleges in the United States

October 16, 2018
College Consensus has ranked Syracuse University 8th in its listing of the Top 25 Best Green Colleges in the United States. For the purpose of developing the Green Colleges list, College Consensus partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership to recognize higher education institutions that have committed to green energy. College Consensus praised SU: “The university is regularly recognized as a leader in areas like law, business, and public policy, both in teaching and research, and all of those strengths contribute to Syracuse’s status as one of the best green colleges in the U.S. As one of the most eco-friendly colleges and one of the most sustainable campuses in America, Syracuse is a leader and a model. Read More...

'River Blue' Film Oct. 16 Examines Fashion Industry Pollution of Rivers

October 11, 2018
Sustainability Management and student group Students of Sustainability are sponsoring a free screening of the eye-opening documentary “River Blue” on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in Watson Theater. The event is free and open to the public, with entry beginning at 6:30 p.m. “River Blue” follows international river conservationist Mark Angelo as he spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most polluting industries: fashion. Clean water supporter Jason Priestley narrates this examination of the fashion industry’s destruction of rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future. Read More...

Challenges, Events Highlight Campus Sustainability Month

October 1, 2018
As the leaves begin to change from green to orange across campus, Sustainability Management invites members of the University community to become sustainability change agents by taking part in the international celebration of Campus Sustainability Month during October. Throughout the month, Sustainability Management will host weekly challenges and events. Read More...

Syracuse University Startup SparkCharge is a Finalist in 43North $5 Million Competition

September 14, 2018
43North has announced 18 finalists for its 2018 $5 million startup competition. One was created at Syracuse University. SparkCharge founder and CEO Josh Aviv ’14, G’17, will compete against competitors hailing from across North America in two rounds of live pitching at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo on Oct. 3 for a shot at one of 43North’s eight cash awards, which include a $1 million grand prize and seven awards of $500,000. The finalists in one of the world’s largest business plan competitions represent top companies in life sciences, B2B tech, consumer products and clean tech/manufacturing. They were selected from 485 applications. Read More...

Food Services Expands Its Sustainability Practices, One Straw at a Time

September 16, 2018
There’s something missing this fall from all five campus dining centers. Don’t worry: the chicken tenders are still there. But plastic straws are gone. The plastic straw ban sweeping the nation has come to Syracuse University. SU Food Services opted to eliminate straws from all five of its residential dining centers (Brockway, Ernie Davis, Graham, Sadler and Shaw), starting when students returned for classes this fall. Why? Mark Tewksbury, director of residential dining and Dome operations, notes: “It’s something easy to do that makes a big impact on the environment, so we decided it was the right decision.” Read More...

Syracuse University Ranks First in State for 2018 RecycleMania Competition

May 15, 2018
For the second year in a row, Syracuse University ranked first in the Total Recycling category in New York State in the 2018 RecycleMania competition, the eight-week waste reduction and recycling competition between colleges and universities in North America. The University recycled 905,314 pounds of material, securing the University’s national ranking of 14th out of the competing 229 schools. Total Recycling recognizes schools with highest gross tonnage of combined paper, cardboard, and bottles and cans. Read More...

EPA Recognizes Syracuse University for Largest Green Power Use in ACC

May 15, 2018
Syracuse University announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized it as a Conference Champion in the 2017-18 College and University Green Power Challenge. Syracuse University currently uses more green power than any other school in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use within the program. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that uses the most green power in a qualifying conference. Read More...

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

April 2, 2018
SU 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. Read More...

Food Recovery Network Continues to Prosper at University

March 16, 2018
This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Go Further with Food.”  This theme focuses on how our food choices can impact our bodies and our world. This article observes this theme by sharing one way Syracuse University Food Services works with a student group help to reduce food waste. Do you ever wonder what happens to the leftover food in Syracuse University’s dining centers? Food Services does its best to reduce food waste by carefully planning each day’s production and composting. But even so, it’s impossible to end up with zero leftovers at the end of each day. That’s why the Food Recovery Network (FRN) is so important. Read More...

University College, Student Association Partner to Help Rescue Mission

March 16, 2018
University 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. Read More...

Future Remains Bright for Solar Energy Industry--Tariffs Setback Only Temporary

March 15, 2018
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. Read More...

Still Time to Take Part in RecycleMania

March 14, 2018
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 the two-bin system. Your recyclables are then sent to a recycling facility to be sorted, baled and sold to becomes items made from recycled content. Read More...

Campus Framework plans for reducing carbon footprint at Syracuse University

March 8, 2018
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. Read More...

SU Begins 2018 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition

February 2, 2018
Beginning 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. Read More...

'Climate Comments' Website Translates Complex Climate Change Policy into Plain Language

January 17, 2018
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). Read More...