2016

Panel Discussion on Drivers of Renewable Energy
December 7, 2016
A panel discussion on “Top Down and Bottom-Up Drivers of Renewable Energy” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Kittredge Auditorium. The speakers will be Michael Mehling, executive director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Chris Carrick of CNY Regional Planning and Development Board and Solarize CNY. The event is part of the Top Down/Bottom Up Series on Climate Solutions. Read More

University Funding Available for Projects on Reducing Energy Use, Promoting Sustainability
November 15, 2016
A new University grant program that combines scholarship with campus sustainability is offering up to $50,000 in funding for projects that promote reductions in greenhouse emissions and increase awareness about sustainability. The establishment of a bike sharing program on campus this fall is a recent example of a new sustainability program. The Syracuse University Climate Action Plan, which was released in 2009, is providing the competitive funding to students and faculty for projects in the spring semester. The deadline for submitting proposals is Dec. 31. Read More.

Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research propelled by funding from Center of Excellence
November 6, 2016
The Syracuse Center of Excellence recently selected a group of research projects related to innovations in energy and environmental sustainability to receive grant funding. All the research projects are directed by faculty from Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. To be selected for the grants, faculty had to turn in a proposal explaining how their research related to improving environmental quality and clean energy systems and describe the procedures they would follow if they received the grant. Read More

University Celebrates Food Day 2016 with Third Annual New York Campus Crunch
October 18, 2016
This Thursday, Oct. 20, university and college students, faculty and staff from 26 schools across New York State will participate in the third annual New York Campus Crunch by taking a collective bite out of apples grown on New York State farms, demonstrating support for serving locally grown food. The goal of the New York Campus Crunch is to support local agriculture. Syracuse University supports this mission through initiatives of our sustainability department, Food Services practices and purchasing policies. Read More

Screening and Panel Discussion of Documentary ‘At the Fork’
October 12, 2016
Sustainability Management and student groups Students of Sustainability, Green Peace SU and BrainFeeders will sponsor a free screening of the new documentary “At the Fork” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Grant Auditorium, in White Hall, Falk College. In “At the Fork,” filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife, Lisa, offer up a timely  look at how farm animals are raised for human consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers—real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food. Read More

Top Down–Bottom Up: A Series on Climate Solutions
September 27, 2016
A group of faculty members from all the schools and colleges at Syracuse University presents a curated series of events throughout the academic year, focusing on top-down and bottom-up strategies for combating climate disruption. The first events in the series take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, when Eban Goodstein, director of graduate studies in sustainability at Bard College, will be on campus to give two talks:
2 p.m., Grant Auditorium: “Republicans, Democrats and Sustainability: Recovering Bipartisan Environmental Politics”
3:30 p.m., 132 Lyman Hall: “How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Leadership Careers in Policy, Business, and NGOs” Read More

Free Bike Share Program Puts Students Behind the Wheel
September 26, 2016
If you need to get further faster—around campus or off—or maybe just do some exploring, there’s a new transportation service on campus that can help you get there. The Student Association, in collaboration with several administrative units on campus, has launched a free Bike Share Program. Students can reserve one of eight bikes housed outside the Schine Student Center to venture on and off campus for the day. The program kicks off today with a table outside of Schine between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At noon, Otto will be there, along with Department of Public Safety officers and representatives from Mello Velo, the bike company that has been contracted for the program. Students can reserve the bikes through the Student Centers and Programming Services office. Read More

VPA’s Sayler/Morris Receive Brower Center Art/Act Award, NYFA Fellowship
August 9, 2016
Artists Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris), faculty members in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Department of Transmedia and co-directors of the Canary Lab, a hub for research-based, interdisciplinary art and media focused on ecology, have received two major honors for their collaborative work. Read More

SU-ESF Faculty Win EPA Grant to Advance Appreciation for Onondaga Lake
June 21, 2016
Faculty from Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF have won a $91,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help teachers and students better understand and appreciate the unique cultural and ecological significance of Onondaga Lake. Read More

Ten Tons of Love Charity Drive Seeks Donations, Volunteers
April 26, 2016
The annual “Ten Tons of Love” charity drive will begin on Wednesday, April 27, and continue through Thursday, May 12. The drive, which collected more than 50 tons of usable clothing and household items last year, provides 3,000 families in the Syracuse area with these essentials. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to donate items and to volunteer. Read More

EPA Recognizes University for Green Power Use
April 25, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Syracuse University as an individual conference champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using 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 Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that uses the most green power in a qualifying conference. Read More

Director of ESSM works to help make campus sustainable, energy efficient
April 20, 2016
All of the lighting in the campus parking garages were in desperate need of an upgrade last year. So, the Energy Systems and Sustainability Management replaced the old lighting with LEDs.
This implementation helped the university save 50 percent of its energy usage in that area, decreasing carbon emissions. Nathan Prior is the director of ESSM and has been working in ESSM for 17 years, originally starting in the organization’s 24-hour offices. As the director, he oversees all of the programs and helps tie everything together with the greater campus facilities division. Read More

Syracuse University, Local Community Invited to Celebrate Sustainability and Earth Day at EARTHFEST
April 15, 2016
Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and Students of Sustainability (SOS) will sponsor EARTHFEST, a free communitywide, sustainability-themed music and arts festival celebrating Earth Day in the Thornden Park Amphitheater on Sunday, April 24, from noon-6 p.m., with a pre-event yoga session starting at 11:30 a.m.
Last year’s event was highly successful, with more than 700 attendees throughout the day. This year, the event plans to have an even greater turnout. The day will feature live bands, art installations, local food and craft vendors, community and student organizations, and prominent speakers. All proceeds will benefit Syracuse Grows, a not-for-profit grassroots network that develops food justice through advocacy, education and resources in support of urban food productionRead More

How Syracuse University is Trying to Become a More Sustainable Campus
February 15, 2016
Syracuse University is a recognized front-runner in the international movement toward sustainability, and its long-term Climate Action Plan is positioned as the driving force behind its success with sustainability. The CAP, established in 2007, is the university’s official framework and master plan to become carbon neutral — or not produce carbon emissions beyond zero — by the year 2040, said JoAnne Race, senior administrator of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives. If all goes well, gross emissions should be reduced by at least 65,000 metric tons, according to the CAP. Any emissions remaining after Dec. 31, 2040, will be offset by the university. Funding is built into the CAP — which means the university expects its investments in energy-saving initiatives to eventually pay for themselves. The predicted offset should begin in fiscal year 2023, with “positive program-to-date cash flow being achieved from fiscal year 2030 forward,” according to the CAP. Read More