Campus as Laboratory for Sustainability

calslogo3xsANNOUNCING the second round of CALS funding. $75,000 is available to fund projects that address energy use or carbon emissions, directly or indirectly, or that advance awareness about climate disruption and sustainability on campus. Read more and apply HERE.

The first round of funding was awarded in January, 2017. Six projects received funding:

  • Prof. Steve Chapin and Prof. Peter Wilcoxen, for an electric vehicle lab;
  • Prof. Amber Bartosh and Prof.. Mark Povinelli, for a virtual
    reality simulation about energy awareness;
  • Prof. Jeongmin Ahn, to research membrane technology to reduce GHG emissions;
  • Grad students Kristina Gulches, to evaluate water and salt runoff on campus;
  • Prof. Jason Fridley and Prof. Doug Frank, to study carbon cycling in plants;
  • Grad students Hugh O. Burnham and Adam Fix, to develop an oral history of climate activism at SU

Architecture and Engineering Students Construct Virtual Reality Prototypes

Professor Amber Bartosh and Mark Povinelli and their students were awarded a grant through the new Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program. They plan to use the grant to construct a virtual reality simulation in Bird Library about energy awareness. Their students split into groups and designed and prototyped a virtual reality…

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Students present sustainable ideas for Master Plan

By Christine Edgeworth ‘15 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…

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SU Students and Chaplain Grow Flax at Local Garden

Syracuse University students and Lutheran Campus Ministry’s Pastor Gail Riina experiment with growing flax at the local Morningside Community Garden with hopes to expand the project.

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CAMPUS AS A LABORATORY

SU Students and Chaplain Grow Flax at Local Garden By Christine Edgeworth ’15 About 4 years ago, SU’s Lutheran Chaplain, Gail Riina, secured a plot in Morningside Community Garden for SU students to cultivate through the Lutheran Campus Ministry’s STEP Center. With this plot, Chaplain Riina hoped to connect SU students to the garden and encourage them to explore the…

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CAMPUS AS A LABORATORY

The Syracuse Center of Excellence Creates Labs for Sustainability Research

CoEbldgJuly, 2014: There is a rich resource for sustainability research just a few minutes from the main SU campus along the Connective Corridor bus route. The iconic Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) building houses lab spaces for experimentation on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and air and water flow dynamics. Three new labs are under construction for the study of thermal systems, combustion dynamics, and biofuels.

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The Syracuse Center of Excellence Creates Labs for Sustainability Research

Design Students Win National Awards for Bioroll Geotextile Mat

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June, 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…

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Design Students Win National Awards for Bioroll Geotextile Mat

Students Design Fine Parking Lot for Sustainable Water Management

finelotdesignMay, 2014: Designing a parking lot sounds simple, but when the lot sits on a hillside in a sensitive watershed, and when the layers of soil below it are likely to be unstable if saturated with water, it becomes an interesting problem.A team of seniors in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the L.C. Smith College of Engineering at SU took on this challenge. Led by project manager Larisa Pechenyy, they came up with innovative designs for managing storm water on site while accommodating the need for parking on campus. Read more…

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Students Design Fine Parking Lot for Sustainable Water Management

Students shape Dome rain capture project

DOMELOGOApril, 2014: A project to capture rainfall from some of the 7-acre expanse of the Carrier Dome roof has turned into a strong collaboration between Campus Design, Building and Construction and academic programs in engineering and communications design. Read more…

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Students shape Dome rain capture project

WILDER Compound project promotes resiliency

Wilder42March, 2014: This spring, about 30 students are receiving a hands-on introduction to resilience and urban sustainability through the WILDER Compound project, which stands for Wildly Interdependent Living and Design Education for Resilience. Led by VPA Professor Susannah Sayler, her Canary-Project co-founder Ed Morris, and Brooklyn-based designer Jill Allyn Peterson, six workshops introduced students from SU and ESF students as well as some Syracuse high schools to skills like bike repair, web design, and building earth ovens and geodesic domes. Two of the students created a video about the project. Read more…

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WILDER Compound project promotes resiliency

Climate Change Garden Grows on Campus

February, 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 and video in the Syracuse Post-Standard, June 5, 2014)

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Climate Change Garden Grows on Campus