Saving Juice in the ‘Cuse residence hall competition begins in November

October 23, 2008
Syracuse University’s Office of Residence Life, Residence Hall Association and Sustainability Division in the Office of Energy and Computing Management are sponsoring the second annual Saving Juice in the ‘Cuse contest in November. This competition between campus residence hall communities runs through the month and is designed to increase the sustainable behavior of the on-campus student population through energy reduction and by increasing recycling tonnage in the residences halls. Prizes for the winning residence halls will be presented in January. Read More

University Expands on ‘Green’ Goals

October 7, 2008
Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s announced Thursday that Syracuse University will participate in the Flexible Work and Sustainability Initiative. The plan includes flexible work schedules for employees, specifically staff members and laborers. Employees would continue to work 40-hour weeks, but with the option of either working four 10-hour days or working five eight-hour days, telecommuting on the fifth day. Telecommuting is when work is done from off-campus locations by phone or computer. Read More

Syracuse University launches a series of sustainability-oriented work-life and commuting options for staff, faculty, and student

October 2, 2008
Syracuse University is continuing its commitment to environmentally sustainable leadership with several work-life and transportation initiatives that increase the convenience for faculty, staff, and students to engage in environmentally friendly activities while also reducing the costs of commuting and parking. Read More

SU fans encouraged to curb carbon footprint and beat Notre Dame

October 2008
As part of NBC Universal’s Green Week, Syracuse University and the University of Notre Dame will battle it out to see which university can achieve the greatest carbon footprint reduction. On Nov. 22, The Fighting Irish and Orange will meet each other on the turf, but beginning immediately and leading up to the game, SU students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans can take NBC Universal’s Green Your Routine challenge to see which campus can take the most active in support of the environment. The winning school will receive $10,000 towards making their campus more eco-friendly. Read More

Students encouraged to enter video spots for NBC’s Green Week contest

October 2008
NBC Sports, as part of NBC Universal’s Green Week (Nov. 16-23), is inviting Syracuse University students to submit a 30-second spot on an important “green” message for a contest that could result in the spot being aired nationally during the Syracuse vs. Notre Dame football game Nov. 22.
The competition is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at SU and the University of Notre Dame. Five student video submissions will be submitted from SU to NBC executives to be entered in the contest. The winning video, as determined by NBC Universal, will be broadcast on the NBC website and perhaps on national TV during the game. Additionally, the five finalist videos from SU will be available for viewing on SU’s Green Universe City site (https://sustainability.syr.edu/). Read More

SU changes temperature policy to reduce greenhouse gas emission

September 25, 2008
As part of its ongoing leadership in promoting and practicing activity that contributes to a more sustainable environment, Syracuse University has changed its temperature policy to conserve energy and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released through the heating and cooling processes. By reducing the temperature of University-occupied spaces by two degrees in the heating season (Sept.15-May 15), and raising the temperature threshold one degree in the cooling season (May 16-Sept.14), the University will realize an annual reduction of 1,683 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent emissions of providing energy to 149 homes or 308 passenger vehicles each year. Therefore, effective immediately, the new temperature policy for the heating season will have a set point at 68 degrees, and the cooling season set point will be 76 degrees. Cooling temperatures only apply where air conditioning equipment currently exists. Exceptions to the temperature settings include laboratories, research areas, and art/book archives. Read More

The next University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market is Sept. 12

September 9, 2008
The University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market will continue on two upcoming Fridays-Sept. 12 and Oct. 10-from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Waverly lot, located on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues on the Syracuse University campus. Read More

Vampires and Phantoms Do Exist!! Become a Vampire Slayer

September 2008
It is that time of year when we start thinking about vampires, phantoms, ghosts, and goblins, some of our favorite scare-us-out-of- our-wits characters. Are they alive and well? In a sense, yes there’s probably a vampire lurking near you right now. Whether or not you’re a fan of vampires, you’re surrounded by them every day. Oh, not the fictional ones—real ones. In fact, you’re almost certainly looking straight at one, right now! Fictional vampires sustain themselves by taking the vital life out of their victims. Real-life vampires slowly drain the vital energy out of your home, office, or residence. That’s right, they live on your electricity, and you pay for it, each and every day. Read More

The Next University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market is Aug. 8

August 1, 2008
The University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market will continue on three upcoming Fridays-Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10-from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Waverly lot, located on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues on the Syracuse University campus. The first market in the 2008 series was held on June 27. Read More

Parking and Transit Services announces a new parking plan for carpoolers

July 29, 2008
Syracuse University Parking and Transit Services has developed a new carpool program that provides parking for two or more University employees who commute to work together. By issuing a multi-vehicle permit valid for use with multiple vehicles, a carpool arrangement allows individuals to share driving responsibilities, lower the cost of commuting and parking and reduces parking demand and traffic on campus. Parking and Transit Services is offering this plan, effective immediately, as an initiative that builds on SU’s leadership in promoting environmentally sustainable activity. Read More

Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF will present University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market on four Fridays this summer and fall

June 2008
Are you craving fresh fruits and vegetables, or searching for a unique handmade item? Look no farther than the University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market. The market will be held on four Fridays–June 27, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10–from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Waverly lot, located on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues on the Syracuse University campus. Read More

Whitman School, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse Center of Excellence Launch Sustainability Business Collaboration to unite education and research

April 10, 2008
Today more than ever, businesses of all sizes are looking to adopt new practices and ideas that help reduce — and even eliminate — the environmental impact of their day-to-day and long-term operations. Today’s business executives — and students preparing to be future corporate leaders — seek to fully understand how innovation in business practices can benefit the environment, as well as the bottom line. To help business leaders and students address both the economic and practical challenges of incorporating green strategies, Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE) have launched the Sustainable Business Collaboration (SBC), a distinctive transdisciplinary approach to world-class education and research on business and sustainability. Read More

SU Launches website to address sustainability

February 19, 2008
Monday marked the official launch of SU’s Green Universe City Web site, said Rick Martin, a member of the Syracuse University Sustainability Action Coalition. The site boasts a desire to spark an interest in various green efforts around campus. Initiated by SU’s sustainability division, part of the Office of Energy and BFAS Computing Management, the site promotes an effective and efficient plan to ensure a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Read More

SU’s ‘Green Universe City’ website launches to promote sustainability information, innovation

February 18, 2008
In 2007, Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, making SU one of the largest private universities committed to climate neutrality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and further signifying the University’s long-term dedication to creating a more sustainable community, both on and off-campus. To promote the many components of the University’s sustainable practices and innovations that are part of Scholarship in Action, including the many ways individuals can contribute toward reducing the University’s carbon footprint, a new website, “SU Green Universe City,” has launched at http://greenuniversecity.syr.edu. Read More

Syracuse University helps to focus the nation on solutions to global warming

January 22, 2008
On Jan. 31, Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) will jointly present a day of speakers and events focused on bringing attention to the issues and solutions for climate change. This on-campus series of programs coordinates with the nationwide Focus the Nation educational initiative taking place that day, during which more than 1,000 colleges and universities, high schools and middle schools, civic organizations and businesses will create a dialogue with the nation’s decision-makers about human-induced climate change. A teach-in on global warming solutions on an unprecedented scale, Focus the Nation is centered on the three most essential pillars for today’s youth to embrace solutions to global warming: education, civic engagement and leadership. Read More

Sustainable Endowments Institute again gives high grades to SU’s initiatives

Syracuse University’s administration has been named a leader by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, recognized in a group of only 42 colleges and universities nationwide for leading action regarding sustainability at the administrative or trustee level. This includes policies or commitments to sustainability in the institution’s mission statement or master plan, and also commitments to local, national, or international sustainability agreements. In February, SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor committed the University to a leadership role in the fight against global warming by signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Read More

Syracuse University Energy Use and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

Syracuse University signed the American College and University Presidents Climate commitment in 2007. The commitment promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century. SU signed the commitment over a year ago. Despite numerous sustainability initiatives across campus meant to lower emissions and reduce electricity usage, there was an increase in energy usage during the fiscal year of June 2007 to July 2008, according to SU total campus gas and electric usage. Read More

Zipcar is coming to Syracuse

Syracuse University finalized a contract Thursday with Zipcar, a Massachusetts-based car-sharing company, according to Al Sauer, director of Parking and Transit Services at SU. “It is going to be something we’re going to do,” said Sauer, confirming rumors that a Zipcar program would be introduced at SU. “That’s definite.” Zipcar—started in 1999 in Cambridge, Mass.—is one of the world’s largest car-sharing companies with nearly 200,000 members worldwide, according to information released by Zipcar. Members pay an annual fee to join the program and then can go online to reserve the use of cars parked in their area. Zipcar covers the costs of gas, maintenance, and insurance for the vehicles. Members are charged an hourly fee for each use—usually lower than ten dollars. Read More