2015

Annual Ten Tons of Love Charity Drive
December 10, 2015
Through Friday, Dec. 18, donations and volunteers are needed for this year’s Ten Tons of Love winter collection, organized by the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services (OCCS). Each winter and spring, OCCS, part of the Division of Student Affairs, coordinates the collection and donation of items in good condition that have been provided by members of the University community. All items collected on campus are donated to the First English Lutheran Church and then distributed to members of the greater Syracuse community. Read More

Syracuse University’s Dineen Hall to receive certification for sustainability
December 8, 2015
LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is an honor awarded by the United States Green Building Council. Dineen, which houses SU’s College of Law, has state-of-the-art facilities featuring sustainable technologies, according to an article from Inhabit. The Gluckman Tang architects, who designed the building, included a green roof courtyard, water efficient landscaping, energy efficient heating and air conditioning and low-emitting materials to complement the interior design, according to the article. Dineen’s courtyard provides additional natural light and the water efficient landscape reduces the use of water, according to the article. Read more

Syracuse One of Six Institutions in Science Policy Exchange
November 30,
2015
Syracuse University’s Lubin House hosted a reception recently to showcase theScience Policy Exchange (SPE) and the results from its first set of projects. SPE was established by six leading research institutions, including Syracuse University, associated with four long-term ecological research sites, all dedicated to increasing the impact of science on environmental decisions. The SPE’s three initiatives address the interacting effects of climate change, land use and pollution on ecosystems and their benefits to people. The initiatives—energy transformation, landscapes and resilience, and water sustainability—each consist of projects that draw on and communicate policy-relevant science in formats that meet the needs of decision makers. The projects focus on the northeastern U.S. and have national to global significance, with potential for impact on major policy decisions in the next three to five years. Read more

University Participates in White House American Campuses Act on Climate Day of Action
November 19, 2015
The University will participate in the White House American Campuses Act on Climate day of action on Thursday, Nov. 19. The White House is launching the American Campuses Act on Climate day of action to amplify the voice of college students across the country in support of a strong climate agreement in Paris that sets the world on the path toward a low-carbon, sustainable future. The multi-layered day-of-action will include a roundtable with campus and business leaders, White House officials and celebrities to highlight best practices to promote sustainability and address climate change on college campuses. Read more

Science Policy Exchange Launch
November 12, 2015
Syracuse University’s Lubin House hosted a reception last Thursday to showcase the Science Policy Exchange and the results from its first set of projects. The Science Policy Exchange (SPE) was established by six leading research institutions, including Syracuse University, associated with four long term ecological research sites all dedicated to increasing the impact of science on environmental decisions. Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was instrumental in bringing this new kind of boundary-spanning organization to fruition and leads one of its most visible projects; and Sherburne B. Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and University Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy chairs the Governing Council. Read more

15th Annual SyracuseCoE Symposium Explores Frontiers of Clean Energy Innovations
November 5, 2015
Markets for clean energy solutions are growing dramatically—in New York, across the country, and around the world—catalyzed by innovations in policies and financing that leverage emerging technologies. The 15th annual symposium, “Clean Energy Frontiers: From Lab to Market” organized by SyracuseCoE, New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems at Syracuse University, features the latest results from collaborators across the state and around the country. The symposium will highlight innovations that optimize clean energy and its utilization in buildings, data centers and neighborhood-scale districts. Read More

Next University Lecture: ‘This Changes Everything’ with Author Naomi Klein
October 29, 2015
Canadian journalist, syndicated columnist and bestselling author Naomi Klein is the next speaker in the 2015-16 University Lectures series. Her presentation, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” is Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Her appearance is co-sponsored in cooperation with the LGBT Resource Center and Syracuse Symposium. American Sign Language interpretation and Communication Access Real Time will be available. Read More

Student led forum on 2015 Paris Climate Talks
October 29, 2015
A lot is riding on the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21). On Oct. 29, students will have a chance to ask questions of a panel of experts and learn about what can and might be achieved in Paris. The event will begin with a discussion between three students and three professors, followed by open questions from the audience. Read more

Syracuse University and Nanjing University Form Green Buildings Partnership
October 22, 2015
With joint interests in sustainability of the built environment, Syracuse University and Nanjing University (NJU) of the People’s Republic of China signed a cooperative agreement on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to establish the International Center for Green Buildings and the Urban Environment. The objective of the new partnership is to promote cooperation in environmental and energy research and education. Read more

Engineering Cities to Survive Extreme Weather
October 7, 2015
That is the idea behind a new Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). College of Engineering and Computer Science Associate Professor David Chandler, who teaches in the civil and environmental engineering department, has joined a team of 50 researchers from 15 institutions in nine cities spanning North and South America. The NSF awarded the network $12 million over five years through its Sustainability Research Networks program, which focuses on urban sustainability. Read more

SU Environmental Finance Center facilitates Textile Recovery Summit
October 2, 2015
The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center facilitated and hosted the Second Statewide Textile Recovery Stakeholders Summit on Friday October 2 at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Various New York State stakeholders from municipalities, charities, and the recycling industry shared information and discussed solutions to current challenges in textile recovery. Read more

Zimride October Commute Challenge
October 1, 2015
Syracuse University Zimride users who log their daily commutes during the October Commute Challenge, Oct. 1st – Oct. 31st, in their personal Zimride Commute Calendar will have a chance to win one of two $50 MasterCard gift cards from Zimride. Read more

Syracuse University and LeMoyne College Select Faculty Sustainability Fellows
September 15, 2015
Sherburne Abbott, vice president for sustainability initiatives at Syracuse University, and Steven Affeldt, director of the McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College, have announced the 2015 Faculty Sustainability Fellows. The fellows from each institution will gather for a series of learning opportunities and discussions this fall, concentrating on the connections between climate change and social justice. It will be an opportunity for faculty from a wide variety of disciplines to share their perspectives and brainstorm
collectively about how to bring these issues into classroom lessons and student research. Read more

BrainFeeders delivers locally grown fruits and vegetables to students
September 9, 2015
A student organization new to campus this year, BrainFeeders has a goal: change the quality of food on the SU campus. Their introductory event, a partnership with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Madison, New York, an hour southeast of Syracuse, sets out to bring farm-fresh, locally grown produce to SU students living in dorms, apartments or in the off-campus neighborhoods. The idea behind BrainFeeders came last fall, when co-founders Lindsay De May and Imelda Rodriguez took the class FST 403: “The Human Right to Adequate Food and Nutrition.” They learned how food should be considered a human right and how the quality of food isn’t enforced in universities, De May said. Read more

SUNY UPSTATE Medquest to visit Sustainability Sites on Campus
July 16, 2015
The Universities on the Hill combined resources to teach central new york high school juniors and seniors about the importance of sustainability. Students from the SUNY Upstate MedQuest program took a few hours from their week long experience to learn about sustainability programs and operations at Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, and SUNY Upstate. The students were given a tour of the climate change garden by Professor Jason Fridley, and a tour of the Dome rainwater capture system by Sustainability Coordinator, Rachel May. Read more

Sustainable Success: SU-IAC Recognized for Third Consecutive Year
June 25, 2015
A group of engineering students in the Syracuse University Industrial Assessment Center (SU-IAC) earned third place at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s (NYSP2I) Research and Development student research project competition this spring. This marks the third year in a row that students from SU-IAC in the College of Engineering and Computer Science have won an award at this competition. Read More

Connective Corridor Celebrates Earth Week with Beautification Day
April 22, 2015
The Connective Corridor is encouraging faculty, students and community members to join in this Saturday as part of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency’s (OCRRA) Earth Day Cleanup to help beautify the Connective Corridor. Last year, 5,500 people volunteered for OCCRA’s community-wide Earth Day and cleared winter debris from roadsides and public spaces, cleaning up more than 99,000 pounds of trash. The project is a great way to help keep the community’s streets and green spaces looking beautiful. This year, the Connective Corridor and the Syracuse and Central New York Police Retirees Association are joining forces for an Earth Week cleanup Saturday, April 25, with a special focus on University Avenue and East Genesee Street. The groups are inviting the campus community to pitch in. Read More

Student Project Will Provide Clean Drinking Water to Honduran Village
May 18, 2015
The water supply in the Honduran village of El Cipres becomes unhealthy to drink each year when the rainy season hits. Civil and environmental engineering students devised a solution that will work without the use of electricity. Read more

Photos from the Future
May 2015
WHAT WILL OUR WATER SYSTEM LOOK LIKE IF WE DON’T FIX IT? To photographers Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris, the American River in California is not so much a river as “an elongated site of capture and distribution.” The waterway is so “apportioned and owned” that it no longer belongs with the natural world. It’s fundamentally a creation of man. Read more

Using Less Energy by ‘Daylighting’ While Maintaining User Comfort and Productivity
May 5, 2015
SyracuseCoE is collaborating with Siemens to compare two different technologies for controlling the amount of daylight that enters a room: “smart” glass that can change tint via “electrochromic” technologies, and automated window blinds. The project will study the interactions between daylighting, occupant comfort, and energy used for lighting, heating, and cooling. Read More

Professor Charles Driscoll Co-Authors Study on Clean Air, Health Benefits of EPA Plan
May 4, 2015
The top option in the plan prevents an expected 3,500 premature deaths in the U.S. every year, as well as more than 1,000 heart attacks and hospitalizations annually from air pollution-related illness. Read more

University Ranks High in Green Power Use
April 29, 2015  
Syracuse University has received two different recognitions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its use of green power. It has been recognized as a 2014-15 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Read more

VPSI Poster Session and Student Competition Winners
April 29, 2015
The Office of Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives sponsored a poster session for students across many disciplines to present their sustainable projects and ideas during Earth Week. Student work from workshops, courses and academic research included fields such as food studies, architecture, and engineering. Finalists from the Campus Project Design Competition presented their ideas for a sustainability venture they would like to see implemented on campus. Submitted proposals were intended to raise awareness and educate the campus community through examples that solve environmental challenges. Read more

Syracuse and Sustainability Go Hand in Hand
April 24, 2015
When someone mentions the word “sustainable,” what comes to mind? Is it the environment? Is it your family? Is it your finances? Sustainability can take on many different forms. At Syracuse University, sustainability means identifying and promoting sustainable practices that reduce the University’s environmental impact in an economically responsible manner. That’s the mission of the Sustainability Division. Read more

Free Electronic Waste Drop-Off
April 21, 2015
Syracuse University will hold its first annual Earth Day electronic waste event Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Life Sciences Building on Comstock Avenue. The event is organized by the University’s Sustainability Division and the SU Recycling and Composting Committee and will be hosted in partnership with Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery. Read more

Earthfest Celebrates Earth Day with Art, Speakers, Local Food
April 14, 2015
Earthfest, a music and art festival to celebrate this year’s Earth Day (April 22, 2015), will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Thornden Park Amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public. Read more

$3M Award by NSF for Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research
April 14, 2015
At Syracuse University, “interdisciplinarity” isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a way of life. Nowhere is it more apparent than among a group of faculty members who recently received a $3 million grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award supports a new graduate-level training program called the “Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research” (EMPOWER). Led by principal investigator Laura Lautz G’05, associate professor of earth sciences, EMPOWER involves other faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Faculty include Charles Driscoll, University Professor and director of the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering; Christopher Scholz, professor of earth sciences; Donald Torrance, associate professor and director of science communications; and Peter Wilcoxen, associate professor of public administration and international affairs and director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration. Read more

SU Bike Share Pilot Program
April 5, 2015
SU Bike Sharing is now available through May 8th. The purpose of this pilot program is to gather data about the level of demand for bike sharing services and student preferences in terms of bike types and loan characteristics (duration, time of day, etc.). There are currently five bikes available for check-out between 11:00am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday at Archbold Gym. Overnight use is also available. Read more

Enactus Students and Sustainability Division Conduct Recycling Audit
April 3, 2015
The SU Enactus Student group is partnering with Syracuse University Sustainability Division and Syracuse Haulers (SU’s waste hauler) to perform two waste audits, the purpose of which is to get a better sense of how the campus community is recycling. This video was produced by Michael Helfenbein ’16, work-study student in the Office of News Services. Read More

University Formalizes Commitment to Prohibit Direct Investment in Coal, Fossil Fuels
March 31, 2015
Syracuse University today announced that it is formalizing its commitment to prohibit direct investment of endowment funds in coal mining and other fossil fuel companies. The University will also continue to seek additional investments through its endowment in companies that are developing new technology related to solar energy, biofuels and advanced recycling. Read more

Students’ Award-Winning Project Reduces Energy Consumption and Pollution on Campus
March 2015
By investigating uncomfortable temperatures in Maxwell Hall, four engineering students have helped reduce the building’s overall energy usage, pollution, and cost of heating. Read more

‘Above All Else’ Screening and Q&A with Director John Fiege
February 3, 2015
Students of Sustainability (SOS) and the geography department will co-host a screening of the award-winning documentary “Above All Else” on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Grant Auditorium. The free event will be followed by a Q&A session with its critically acclaimed director, John Fiege. “Above All Else” is a feature-length, firsthand account of activists fighting against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Shot in forests, pastures and living rooms of east rural Texas, this dramatic, eye-opening report begins with one man’s struggle to keep the pipeline off of his land, ultimately inspiring him to rally neighbors and activists alike against the project. Follow David Daniel’s harrowing account of how his small stand turned into the rallying cry of climate protesters everywhere. Read More

University Kicks Off 2015 RecycleMania Competition
Feb. 1, 2015
Syracuse University kicked off its 2015 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition on Feb. 1. RecycleMania is a nationwide event that raises awareness about reducing waste and increasing recycling. Read more

Chantal Line Carpentier to present ‘Negotiating a Global Sustainable Development Agenda’
January 30, 2015
Chantal Line Carpentier will be the featured guest speaker on Friday, Feb. 13, as part of the Falk College’s Spring 2015 Research Brown Bag Series. Carpentier will focus on the most pressing sustainable development issues and initiatives from her perspective as chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as ongoing collaborations to address these issues. The event, which is free and open to the campus community, will take place in 312 Lyman Hall. Read More

Faculty, Students Train India’s Future Engineers to Reduce Energy Footprint
January 22, 2015
Rapid economic growth in India has led to a spike in energy consumption, placing a serious strain on the country’s grid and energy supplies. Blackouts and brownouts are common and widespread. Worse, limited resources often make it impossible to generate additional energy or increase the distribution capacity of the already congested existing systems. Read More

University Receives $3.2M to Develop Localized Heating and Cooling Systems
January 21, 2015
The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA) program will develop localized heating and cooling systems and devices to expand temperature ranges within buildings. Read more