Syracuse University researchers contribute new ideas to enhance efficiency of wind turbine
December 17, 2010
One issue confronting the efficiency of wind as a promising renewable energy source is the wind itself—specifically, its changeability. While the aerodynamic performance of a wind turbine is best under steady wind flow, the efficiency of the blades degrades when exposed to conditions such as wind gusts, turbulent flow, upstream turbine wakes and wind shear. Read More

VPA’s Sayler and Morris deepen understanding of climate change, promote global sustainability through Canary Project
November 24, 2010
In 2006, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris, both current faculty members in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, set out to create an initiative that would use photography as a medium to illustrate landscapes throughout the world where scientists are studying the impacts of climate change. It didn’t take long, however, before collaborators in arts, design and education joined in the effort, creating the diverse collective that today is the Canary Project. Since its founding, the Canary Project has produced art and media projects involving more than 30 artists, scientists, writers, designers and educators internationally, all deepening the global understanding of climate change. Read More

Wind turbine firm joins SU in Clean Energy Collaborative
November 23, 2010
Syracuse University and Impact Technologies Group of Syracuse have formed an alliance to convert Central New York winds into kilowatts. The SU School of Architecture and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) are joining with the company to develop innovative wind turbines and bring to market wind- and solar-powered street lights. Read More

Life Sciences Complex to receive High Performance Building designation
November 16, 2010
Syracuse University’s Life Sciences Complex will receive special recognition for its energy-saving measures that make it one-third more efficient than a comparable standard building. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will present a High Performance Building plaque to SU’s College of Arts and Sciences during a brief ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. in the Lundgren Room of the Life Sciences Complex. The event is open to the public. Read More

Sustainable Endowments Institute again recognizes SU with strong marks in sustainability
November 8, 2010
Syracuse University’s continued leadership in creating a more sustainable campus has again earned the University strong marks in the latest report from the Sustainable Endowments Institute. SU boosted its grades from “C” to “B” in both the Green Building and Endowment Transparency categories, while earning an overall grade of “B” in the institute’s 2011 College Sustainability Report Card. This is the same overall grade SU received last year. Read More

SU Denim Drive doubles goal of collecting 500 jeans
November 3, 2010
Syracuse University’s PRSSA chapter has doubled its goal of collecting 500 pairs of jeans during the month of October. SU competed with five schools across the nation in Cotton’s “Cotton. From Blue to Green” campaign. The call-to-action denim drive converts donated denim into UltraTouch™ Natural Cotton Fiber used to insulate houses in communities in need. Read More

Final 2010 University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market to be held Friday
October 18, 2010
The 2010 University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market series will conclude on Friday, Oct. 22. The market will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Waverly lot, located on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues on the Syracuse University campus. Read More

Syracuse University partners with Arden-Fox to support advancement of Department of Defense’s Net Zero Energy Initiative
October 18, 2010
Syracuse University today announced a partnership to advance the use of biofuels by the U.S. armed forces as an alternative energy source. The effort involves entrepreneurs John Fox ’92 and Wayne Arden, who have proposed producing biodiesel in Afghanistan as a means to achieve multiple benefits, including reducing risks to American troops and building a new, sustainable economy in the country. Read More

Next University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market will be held Friday, Oct. 8
October 5, 2010
The 2010 University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market series will continue on two upcoming Fridays—Oct. 8 and 22—from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Waverly lot, located on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues on the Syracuse University campus. Read More

Interior design class creating green office in Smith Hall
October 1, 2010
Six teams of interior design students are working to transform a stark corner of Smith Hall’s basement into a comfortable and inviting green office for Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division.
Smith 003 is the Sustainability Division’s satellite office. The office, dubbed the Sustainable Studio, will allow the division’s staff to build a presence within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and on the North Campus while they implement SU’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). Read More

Are You Ready for Winter?
October 2010
White, glittery snow made a surprise appearance on my car a few mornings ago. It is only the end of October, and already Central New York is waking up to December weather! This is a sign that I need to take time out of my schedule soon and make sure that my home is ready for winter. Winter preparation is an important task that all homeowners and renters should incorporate into their fall activities. Read More

University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market Series continues on three Fridays this fall
September 15, 2010
The 2010 University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market series will continue on three upcoming Fridays—Sept. 24, and Oct. 8 and 22—from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Waverly lot, located on the corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues on the Syracuse University campus. Read More

New campus composting program in full swing, reduces food waste
September 3, 2010
Syracuse University is slimming down its waste stream and getting greener. A new composting program is diverting several tons of food waste away from SU Food Services’ dumpsters each month and returning it back to its organic origins. The joint effort with Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) has yielded approximately 30 tons of food waste for composting since the program began last semester. Composting SU’s food waste is eco-friendly because it’s a form of waste recycling. Instead of simply discarding the waste and ending its life cycle, composting transforms this valuable resource into a new and useful product for the community. Read More

SU’s recycling program expands
July 20, 2010
As of July 1, Syracuse University has a new five-year waste removal and recycling contract with Syracuse Haulers. As a result of this new contract, the University has expanded its recycling program to include the recycling of tub-type containers stamped #5 on the bottom, such as yogurt and cottage cheese containers. Read More

First University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market of the 2010 season will be held June 11
June 1, 2010
Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will kick off the fourth annual University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market series on Friday, June 11. The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Q3 parking lot on the SU Quad, and it is presented in conjunction with the University’s Strawberry Festival. Read More

Summer Driving Tips
May 2010
It’s that time of year again. The hustle and bustle of summer usually means spending more time behind the wheel. With the price of gasoline still hovering near $3 per gallon, the cost of going mobile can quickly add up. Whether you’re running around town, going on a road trip or commuting to work, the following tips can help make your travels less costly and more eco-friendly. Keep your vehicle well. Read More

SU tops Big East in green power purchases
April 30,  2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Syracuse University as the 2009-10 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Big East Conference. This is the fourth consecutive year SU has been the Big East Individual Conference Champion. Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference. Read More

Syracuse University featured in green colleges guidebook
April 30, 2010
Syracuse University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected SU for inclusion in a unique new resource it has created for college applicants, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”  Read More

Syracuse University named to 2010 InfoWorld Green 15 for its new Green Data Center
April 22, 2010

Syracuse University has been named one of the 2010 Green 15 by GDC’s InfoWorld for the University’s innovative Green Data Center (GDC). The annual Green 15 award recognizes the 15 most innovative IT initiatives of organizations around the world that have embraced green technology to drive projects and develop products aimed at boosting energy efficiency, trimming waste, and reducing or eliminating the use or the production of harmful substances. Read More

Syracuse University joins ranks of sustainability leaders by achieving Climate Registered status
April 21, 2011
Measuring its carbon footprint is the first step toward reducing it. Syracuse University became one of the first educational institutions—and the first private university—in North America to achieve Climate Registered™ status by successfully measuring its carbon footprint according to the Climate Registry’s best-in-class program, then having it third-party-verified and reporting the data on the Registry’s website. Read More

SU’s first rain garden built
April 13, 2010
Enthusiastic volunteers worked in bright sunshine and brisk winds on Saturday to help finish building the Waverly Rain Garden for its official unveiling on April 19 during SU Showcase. A total of 55 volunteers, mostly Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students, worked in shifts digging and moving dirt and placing plants to complete SU’s first rain garden. Besides letting the rain garden’s plants grow and flourish, the final upcoming piece of this project is the official dedication. Read More

Student Video Contest Offers Chance to Win Recycling Bins for SU
April 2010
The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and Alcoa are sponsoring a “College Recycling Video Contest” to encourage recycling on campuses. The contest is open to all students of New York colleges and universities. Three winning videos will be selected and each winning school will be awarded a share of 2,000 recycling bins. Read More

SU Showcase to Feature University’s First Rain Garden
March 2010
Syracuse University will soon install its first rain garden to enhance campus sustainability by reducing storm water runoff from the Waverly parking lot. The Waverly Rain Garden, an SU Showcase project, is scheduled to be built on April 10, just outside of the Henry Center on a grass-covered hill within the parking lot, located at the corner of South Crouse and Waverly avenues. A rain garden is a sunken garden designed to absorb rainwater runoff from surrounding areas such as roofs, driveways, walkways and compacted lawns. Read More

A Newbie’s Quest for Greater Sustainability Knowledge
March 2010
Are you relatively new to sustainability? Looking to pursue greater sustainability knowledge? Well, you’re not alone. First let me introduce myself. My name is Will Wallak, public relations coordinator with Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division of Energy and Computing Management. Since joining the Sustainability Division in February, I’ve been on a quest to learn more about all things green and sustainable. Thanks to my knowledgeable and patient co-workers, I’ve come a long way in a very short time. Read More

Syracuse University again recognized as top green power partner
February 24, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again recognized Syracuse University for its significant green power purchases. The University was ranked the nation’s 15th largest purchaser of green power as of January 2010 on the EPA’s latest Top 20 College & University Green Power Partnership list. Over the past four years, the EPA has recognized the University as a leading purchaser of green power among the nation’s colleges and universities. Since July 2005, the University has voluntarily purchased 20 percent of its electricity each year in the form of green power. This currently equates to 22.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of certified low-impact hydro renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased from Constellation New Energy. The RECs guarantee the specified amount of green power is generated on the University’s behalf and added to the grid, thus reducing the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ purchased electricity use. Read More

Bowne Hall is New ‘Green’ Home of Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
The Syracuse Biomaterials Institute (SBI) has been busy settling into its newly renovated “green” home in Bowne Hall since moving in last month. The space, which covers part of the third floor and the entire fourth floor, was revamped using a variety of sustainable techniques and materials. As a result, Syracuse University will be seeking green building recognition for the project by applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Read More

SU’s Parking and Transit Services promotes sustainability through Convenient One-Seat Rides Program
Syracuse University Parking and Transit Services is announcing a more sustainable option for transportation to campus for SU employees, as part of the University’s commitment to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment signed by Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor in February 2007.  Read More