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Syracuse University considers its facilities and operations to be seamlessly integrated with the academic and research mission of the institution. A portion of the savings from energy efficiency and sustainability projects is set aside to fund academic research, student projects, and course development that can further engage the campus in addressing climate change and sustainable systems. The Campus as a Lab for Sustainability (CALS) program has funded 11 projects since January, 2016.


CALS Sponsored Projects

2019-2020 Awards

  • Prof. Lisa Olson-Gugerty (Public Health) Bee Orange, Honey Bee Project
  • Prof. Louise Manfredi (School of Design) and Prof. Seyeon Lee are creating a learning environment enforces the ideas of reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Prof. Jeongmin Ahn (Engineering) is creating a revised integrated anaerobic digester and fuel cell power system
  • Prof. Baris Salman (Civil and Environmental Engineering) is creating a hands on course composnent on Smart Stormwater Management

2018-2019 Awards

  • Prof. Don Carr (School of Design) and ESF Student, Andrew Lunetta, to build tiny home prototype on campus
  • Prof. Jeongmin Ahn (Engineering), to design a safer, more efficient, low cost battery for electric vehicles
  • Engineering student Caitlin Eger, to use emerging geophysical technologies and drones to map near-surface campus hydrology to determine locations on campus that would benefit from green stormwater infrastructure installations or retrofits.
  • Prof. Philip P. Arnold (Arts and Sciences), to develop two day workshop that aim to develop curricular materials on their sustainability learnings

2017-2018 Awards

  • Engineering students Alex Johnson, Yige Yang, and David Zheng, to evaluate the water and energy performance of the Syracuse Center of Excellence green roof;
  • Prof. Bess Krietemeyer (Architecture) and Jason Dedrick (iSchool), to map the lighting on campus and assess its effectiveness at providing illumination and safety;
  • Prof. Tarek Rakha (Architecture) and Prof. Selem Velipasalar (Engineering) to test drone technology for measuring heat loss from buildings on South Campus;
  • Professor of Practice Svetoslava Todorova (Engineering), for a student engagement project about water and energy use in residence halls;
  • Legal writing professor Emily Brown (Law), to create a public database of legal summaries of Federal laws and proposals related to climate change.

2016-2017 Awards

  • 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 student Kristina Gutchess, 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