2015

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…