2014

Carrier Dome Runoff Now Being Put to Use
December 16, 2014
With a seven-month-long project complete, rain and snow falling on a portion of the Carrier Dome roof is now being put to good use. The storm water is being used to help flush toilets in the stadium, rather than the storm water going directly to the Metro Sewage Treatment Facility. Read more…

Students Present Ideas for Campus Master Plan
Dec 5, 2014
On June 24, 2014, Chancellor Syverud announced his Fast Forward Syracuse campaign, including a new Strategic Plan, campus master plan, and “Operational Excellence Program.” In light of these plans, Sherburne Abbott, SU’s Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives, challenged the students in her course, The Grand Challenge of Climate Change, to explore how sustainability can play a role in the Campus Master Plan. What role should sustainability and environmental values play in supporting the academic mission of the university, she asked, and how they could be incorporated into the Campus Master Plan? Read more…

Shop and Eat Local this Month … and Support the United Way
November 2014
J. Michael Shoes, Manny’s and Varsity Pizza are partnering with the employees of Syracuse University to raise funds for the United Way of Central New York this month. Through Dec. 19, the merchants will ask patrons to donate to the United Way at the point of purchase. Read more…

The Lerner Center Promotes Sustainability Through Health and Well-Being
October 2014
Sustainability is not just about “green” programs; it requires healthy relationships between the environment, the economy, and human society. Building such relationships is a primary goal of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at SU’s Maxwell School.  Read more…

Campus Commuter Challenge Kicks Off Oct. 1
October 2014
Syracuse University students, faculty and staff who walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to campus between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31 can compete for prizes in Syracuse University’s Campus Commuter Challenge. Read more…

Green Power Purchase Helps University Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
September 19, 2014
Syracuse University has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy to provide green power to the University, in order to further reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The University purchased a total of 123 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) from the Boulder-based firm for the years of 2014-16, which will offset 35 percent of the campus’ total electricity consumption Read more…

Ernie Davis, Graham Dining Center eliminate trays
September 2014
In an effort to save water, soap, money and cut down on food waste, Ernie Davis Hall and Graham Dining Hall have eliminated trays from their dining centers.

“Students have encouraged us to become more sustainable, and when we renovate a dining center, we are setting it up to become a trayless dining center,” said Syracuse University food services director, Dave George, in an email. Read more…

Dineen Hall Opening Celebration Set for Sept. 12
August 20, 2014
Dineen Hall, a new LEED-certified building totaling 200,000 square feet, encompasses the best practices and spaces for learning and faculty-student engagement to meet the rigorous demands of a modern law degree. Read more…

Electronic Recycling
July 8, 2014
Effective Immediately: A new electronic recycling agreement has been made between SU and RCR&R. Read more…

Design Students Win National Awards for Bioroll Geotextile Mat
May 23, 2014
A team of fourth-year industrial and interaction design (IID) students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Design won three $1,000 awards in the Royal Society of Arts U.S. (RSA-US) Student Design Awards. Read more...

Chancellor Syverud Appointed Co-Chair of Regional Economic Development Council
May 2, 2014
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Chancellor and President Kent Syverud the new co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC). Chancellor Syverud will lead the regional council in collaboration with co-chair Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. Read more…

Rules to Cut Carbon Emissions Also Reduce Other Air Pollutants
April 2014
A first-of-its-kind study released today by scientists at Syracuse and Harvard universities mapped the potential environmental and human health benefits of power plant carbon standards.

Setting strong standards for climate-changing carbon emissions from power plants would provide an added bonus—reductions in other air pollutants that can make people sick; damage forests, crops and lakes; and harm fish and wildlife. This, according to a first-of-its-kind study released today by scientists at Syracuse and Harvard universities who mapped the potential environmental and human health benefits of power plant carbon standards. Read more…

Campus as Laboratory: Students Shape Dome Rain Capture Project
April 2014
The Carrier Dome will soon be collecting rain from some of its seven-acre roof to store for use in the Dome toilets. In the planning stages of the project, SU students in Communications Design and Civil and Environmental Engineering gave significant input into the design, and some will see their work incorporated into the final project. Read more…

Ten Tons of Love Charity Drive in Need of Donations, Volunteers
April 21, 2014
Volunteers and donated items are what make up the annual Ten Tons of Love Charity Drive, which collected over 50 tons of usable items last year that served 3,000 families in the Syracuse area. Clothing and household items are donated to the First English Lutheran Church on James Street in Syracuse, and are given out to members of the larger Syracuse community. This year’s drive is from April 30-May 12. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to donate items and to volunteer. Read more…

Celebrate Earth Week April 21-23
Unique festival along the Connective Corridor among the planned events
April 17, 2014
Earth Day began in 1970 after millions of demonstrators came together to draw attention to pollution issues, and over the years it has evolved into an annual event focused on the importance of sustainability.  Read more…

Building Green from Syracuse to Nanjing
August 12, 2014
This spring, Professor Jensen Zhang, director of Syracuse University’s Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, led a group of students from SU to Nanjing, China. There, they joined students from Nanjing University and Aalto University in Finland to explore the design, engineering, construction and operation of sustainable green buildings. The effort was in collaboration with Professor Michael Pelken, a former faculty member in Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. Read more..

SU Launches Zimride Ridesharing Program
March 31, 2014
Syracuse University has launched Zimride, a new ridesharing program aimed at providing transportation options and benefits for students, faculty and staff. A goal of the program is also to help to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. Read more…

Campus as Laboratory: WILDER Compound project promotes sustainability
March 2014
Sustainability at Syracuse University is a collaboration between our educational mission and a thriving urban core.  This spring semester, students are getting a hands-on, immersive introduction to resilience and urban sustainability in a series of weekend workshops sponsored by SU Showcase for Sustainability. At the same time, they are gaining a new appreciation for the city of Syracuse. Augie Cummings, a freshman in VPA (film studies), had not heard positive things about the city before but, he says, “This is changing my ideas about the city.”  Read more…

Wind Power Can Be Cost-Comparable, New Analysis Reveals
March 26, 2014
New research indicates costs for wind energy and natural gas are virtually equal.
The costs of using wind energy and natural gas for electricity are virtually equal when accounting for the full private and social costs of each, making wind a competitive energy source for the United States, according to a new study on the federal tax credit for wind energy. Read more…

Students Form Sustainability Organizations on Campus
March 26, 2014
For Elizabeth Kahn, being president of Students of Sustainability at Syracuse University is not just a campus commitment. A few weeks ago, Kahn spent her weekend in Washington, D.C., with 12 other students in the organization to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

She raises her voice so that others might understand what she is so passionate about. Read more…

SU Affirms Commitment to Sustainable Science with ‘Green Chemistry’ Workshop
March 25, 2014
Teachers from 24 area high schools learned about the benefits of sustainable science during the “green chemistry” workshop.

Green chemistry was the focus of a recent teacher workshop in The College of Arts and Sciences. Nearly 30 teachers from 24 area high schools converged at the Life Sciences Complex to learn more about the benefits of sustainable science and how the “12 Principles of Green Chemistry” may be integrated into their classroom curricula. Read more…

NerdScholar Favorites: Environmental-Activist Groups
March 2014
Syracuse UniversityBest Programs on the Rise
Student Groups: Students of Sustainability, SunRaisers, SU Enactus, SU Green Building Council, Students for Tomorrow’s Environmental Policy, SU Habitat for Humanity.

SU students are spreading their message across campus, and some groups are even taking this message abroad. SunRaisers, started in 2013, comprises a group of students working to bring energy and electricity to under-privileged communities. Read more….

Syracuse University Recognized as Top Green Power Purchaser
March 6, 2014
Syracuse University recently ranked 25th among the top 30 green power colleges and universities in the country. The list, complied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ranks the top university green power purchasers—universities that use electricity generated by renewable resources. Read more...

Campus as Laboratory: Climate Change Garden Grows on Campus
Archived February 24, 2014
Sustainability at Syracuse University is a collaboration between our educational mission and campus operations. Nowhere is this more visible than in the new Climate Change Garden, a unique resource for teaching and research at the Life Sciences Complex. Read more… (Also see this article in the Syracuse Post-Standard, April 22, 2014)

SU Redeems Campus Bottles and Cans to Benefit Rescue Mission
February 20, 2014
Syracuse University will now redeem all cans and bottles collected from the University’s academic and residential buildings through Mission Returns, the bottle and can redemption service owned by the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse. Read more…

Tap, Filtered or Bottled: Testing Your Water Preference
February 12, 2014
Tap, filtered or bottled.
The Sustainability Division wants to know what members of the campus community prefer in terms of their drinking water by offering a blind sample of water tests around campus this month. Read more…

SU Competes against other Colleges in RecycleMania
February 3, 2014
Syracuse University has kicked off its participation in RecycleMania, an eight-week national competition against other colleges throughout North America to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus waste. Read more…

Award-Winning Documentary ‘Bag It’ Comes to SU
January 29, 2014
The Sustainability Division and Students of Sustainability are sponsoring the showing of the documentary “Bag It” on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Watson Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Read more…