Food Services Receives an A+ for the Second Year

December 1, 2017
Having a vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up eating well in the Syracuse University dining centers. In fact, there are an abundant amount of choices at every meal. SU graduate student A’keema Austin has been a vegan for the past three years. In this time, she has become more thoughtful about the food she consumes, so eating in the dining centers has been an eye-opening experience. Read More..

Syracuse University’s Sustainability Portfolio to Be Managed by New Integrated Leadership Team

August 18, 2017
Beginning this academic year, an integrated team of University leaders is responsible for overseeing Syracuse University’s expansive sustainability portfolio via a new integrated approach that will allow Syracuse to expand and grow its impact in this important field. John Liu, incoming vice president for research; Peter Vanable, dean of the Graduate School; and Pete Sala, vice president and chief facilities officer, have been tasked by Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly to elevate the University’s sustainability initiatives—from an academic, research, environmental and campus perspective. Read More…

Ten Tons of Love Donation Reaches 14 Tons

June 14, 2017
From April 27 through May 11, campus community members participated in the annual Ten Tons of Love collection drive sponsored by the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. This year’s collection resulted in 14 tons of donated goods. The total for clothing, household items and electronics came to 12 tons, all of which benefited the Rescue Mission and its programming. The total food donations came to two tons. Due to an outpouring of food donations, Off-Campus and Commuter Services was able to stock the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry and provide additional donations to the Food Bank of Central New York and the Interreligious Food Consortium. Read More…

Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability Program Awards Nearly $75,000 to Projects

June 1, 2017
Syracuse University’s Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program has completed its second round of applications and awarded nearly $75,000 in funding to faculty and students. The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer opportunities for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Read More…

Alumni Bring a Solar SPARK to Ravaged Nepal

Spring 2017
The Thrive Projects team of SU alumni and students is bringing power to parts of earthquake-ravaged Nepal with an easy energy fix and empowering its citizens to take the work even further. The first time Brian Kam ’16 assembled a solar-powered battery unit, two lights went on. The first signaled the battery was ready to charge Kam’s cell phone. The second flashed through Kam’s mind like a lightning bolt: Could this simple system help restore communication—and save lives—in disaster zones? Read More

Student Donation Brings Charge to Electric Vehicles on Campus

May 10, 2017
As a student entrepreneur who runs the clean-tech company SparkCharge, Josh Aviv ’14 (and a graduate student in the School of Information Studies) says he was surprised to learn there were no locations on campus to charge an electric vehicle. Electric cars are equipped to be charged using a wall socket, but that takes longer than the charging stations themselves. Thanks to Aviv, this is no longer the case. Read More…

Ten Tons of Love Collection Begins, Welcomes New Partners

May 2, 2017
Each year, students, faculty and staff donate clothing, household items and food to benefit charities and individuals in the Syracuse community through the Ten Tons of Love collection drive. The current drive runs through Thursday, May 11. In a new partnership with the Rescue Mission, all donated clothing and household items will go to benefit the Rescue Mission’s programs and services that help address hunger and homelessness issues. Food items will help stock the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry. Read More…

Student Entrepreneurs Win Prestigious Prizes for Clean Tech, Skills Training for Sustainability

May 1, 2017
Spark Charge, Josh Aviv and Jaydeep Sathe’s start-up that promises to end “range anxiety” among electric vehicle users, won two top prizes in the New York Business Plan Competition. Project Thrive, designed by Ryan Brinkerhoff, Brian Kam, Josh Moon, Khalid Bin Ayaz Khan, and Amanda Chou won the Social Entrepreneurship prize for their plan to empower underserved communities through education and skills training for sustainability. Read More…

Syracuse University Ranked No.1 in NY in 2017 RecycleMania Tournament

April 28, 2017
Syracuse University participated in 2017 RecycleMania, a waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities, managed by Keep America Beautiful. While participating in several categories, looking only at New York State colleges and universities who participated in this competition, SU ranked first in the Gorilla Prize and second in the Per Capita Classic out of all competing schools located in New York State for the University’s participation in RecycleMania. Read More…

Syracuse University Recognized as the ACC Conference Winner for the EPA Green Power Challenge

April 24, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Syracuse University as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In addition, the EPA recognized Syracuse University in February of this year as the nation’s 21st largest purchaser of green power on the EPA’s latest Top 30 College & University Green Power Partnership list. Read More…

SyracuseCoE Invites Proposals for Seed Projects to Support Faculty Research in Environmental and Energy Systems 

April 20, 2017
SyracuseCoE—New York State’s Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems—is offering funding to support seed projects that strengthen faculty scholarship in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources. Successful applicants will participate in the SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellows Program, which provides leadership for SyracuseCoE’s core research areas and supports engagements with academic and industry partners. Funding awarded to seed projects also is intended to catalyze research that will lead to future opportunities, including funding from federal agencies or commercial sources. Read More…

Come Celebrate at Earthfest Why Every Day Should be Earth Day

April 18, 2017
Syracuse University Sustainability Management, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), BrainFeeders, and Students of Sustainability (SOS) are sponsoring Earthfest, a free community wide, sustainability-themed music and arts festival celebrating Earth Day in the Thornden Park Amphitheater on Sunday, April 23, from noon-4 p.m., with a yoga session starting at 11:30 a.m. This year’s festival will continue the tradition of connecting Syracuse, SU, ESF and the local neighborhoods surrounding the campuses, to celebrate all the ways these communities keep our area sustainable and environmentally sound. Entry to the festival is free and food is available for purchase. Read More…

Environmentalist and Political Activist Winona LaDuke Speaking Wednesday for Democratizing Knowledge Project

March 28, 2017
The Democratizing Knowledge (DK) Project in the College of Arts and Sciences is presenting “An Evening with Winona LaDuke” on Wednesday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium. A leading environmentalist and political activist, LaDuke is revered for her work with food sovereignty, renewable energy, sustainable development and indigenous paradigms. Read More…

Second Round of University Funding Announced for Projects to Reduce Energy Use, Promote Sustainability

March 7, 2017
The SU Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) program is offering up to $75,000 for faculty or student projects that advance the University’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, directly or indirectly, and raising awareness on campus about climate disruption and environmental sustainability. Funds will become available May 15. Syracuse University faculty and students from any discipline are invited to apply. Read More…

‘Tapped’ Documentary Screening and Taste-Testing

March 2, 2017
The Syracuse University campus group, Students of Sustainability (SOS), will host a screening of the documentary, “Tapped,” in support of the Take Back the Tap initiative. The 2009 documentary by directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey examines the environmental, economic and social effects of the bottled water industry. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. on March 5 in Room 132, Lyman Hall. SOS co-president Maizy Ludden says, “We hope this documentary will open students’ eyes to the reality of the environmental, social and economic impacts of the bottled water industry, and inspire students to change their consumption habits to resist the commodification of this life-giving resource.” Read More…

Panel Discussion and Free Screening of the Documentary “A Plastic Ocean”

March 2, 2017
Sustainability Management at Syracuse University and student groups Students of Sustainability and Green Peace SU will be hosting a panel discussion on plastic pollution at 5:30pm followed by a free screening of “A Plastic Ocean” at 6:45pm on March 29 in Watson Theater, in Watson Hall. For filming “A Plastic Ocean,” an international team of adventurers, researches and ocean ambassadors came together to explore our disposable lifestyles on a global scale. The team spent four years and traveled to 20 locations around the world in order to document the global effects that plastic pollution generates. The documentary not only shows the shocking impact of our disposable lifestyle on marine life and human health, but also introduces practical technology and policy solutions that can make our earth better. Read More…

First Grants Awarded for Campus as Lab for Sustainability 

February 20, 2017
Six faculty and student projects will receive grants totaling $50,000 this spring through the new Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program. The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer opportunities for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Read More…

Sustainable Enterprise Partnership Awards $19,000 to Explore Innovations in Green Building

February 17, 2017
Syracuse University’s Sustainable Enterprise Partnership(SEP), in cooperation with the U.S. Green Building Councilawarded $19,000 to fund new research in the area of green building construction methods, specifically cross laminated timber (CLT) wood products in multi-family housing. Read More…

Student-Supported Initiative Creates Reusable Bag Program at Bookstore

February 15, 2017
Starting July 1, the Bookstore will significantly reduce plastic use and will be offering a variety of reusable bag options. The Syracuse University Bookstore, in conjunction with the Student Association (SA), Students of Sustainability at Syracuse University and the Energy Systems & Sustainability Management Department, will be launching a reusable bag program starting this summer. The goal is to reduce usage of plastic bags, which can be harmful to the environment. Starting July 1, the Bookstore will significantly reduce plastic use and offer a variety of reusable bag option. Read More…

SU Food Services Receives High Rating for Vegan Selections

February 7, 2017
For Aliya ElSawi ’19, a french and neuroscience double major in the College of Arts and Sciences, the offerings in the classroom were as important to her as one other factor—the offerings in the dining halls. “Before coming to Syracuse my biggest concern was if there would be options for me to eat,” says ElSawi. “My family and I were worried that there would not be vegan food on or around campus. I did my research, and found that being vegan on campus would be manageable.” Read More…

University Kicks Off 2017 Recyclemania Competition

February 2, 2017
Syracuse University is once again participating in the 2017 RecycleMania Collegiate Recycling Competition, which aims to promote waste reduction and recycling activities on campuses across the United States and Canada. The competition starts February 5 and runs through April 1. The results will be announced in April. Winning schools will receive an award made out of recyclable materials and will host a special traveling trophy for this year. Read More…

Campus Becomes a Laboratory for Sustainability Research and Education

January 26, 2017
Six faculty and student projects will receive grants totaling $50,000 this spring through the new Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program. The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer opportunities for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Funding for the grants comes from the Syracuse University Climate Action Plan. As energy efficiency efforts have been implemented in recent years, some of the savings have gone into a fund to support CALS grants now and in future years, on the theory that research and education about ways the campus interacts with climate and energy will only serve to enhance the University’s sustainability effortsRead More…

A&S Researchers Explore Link between Tropical Glaciers, Water Supply

January 4, 2017
Researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences are closer to understanding how the loss of glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru is affecting water resources in a region responding to global climate change. Laura Lautz G’05, associate professor of Earth sciences, is part of a multinational, interdisciplinary research team doing fieldwork in the northern Peruvian Andes. She and other researchers from A&S have been studying the groundwater hydrology of proglacial valleys—areas formed by glacier recession—in the ice-capped mountains, home to the world’s highest density of tropical glaciers. Read More…