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Melissa Fierke interviewed on SU bike sharing program

(The Daily Orange included quotes by Dr. Fierke on SU's work to establish a bike sharing program. 10/30/14) READ MORE

New Frog Species Identified along East Coast

Researchers have identified a new species of leopard frog living in largely urban areas in the Interstate 95 corridor from the metropolitan tri-state area as far south as North Carolina. A scientist from the New York Natural Heritage Program, which is administered through ESF, contributed to a report Oct. 29 in the journal "PLOS ONE" that the new species has been named the Atlantic Coast leopard frog.

SUNY-ESF uses state-of-the-art heating technology to improve energy efficiency

(The Daily Orange covered ESF's events for National Bioenergy Day, and the college's goal to be carbon neutral by 2015. 10/27/14) READ MORE

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Call for Proposals, Student Sustainability Fund
October 13 - November 21, 206 Centennial Hall. Event Website

Willow Biomass Energy and Alternative Applications Short Course
November 18 - 19, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. SUNY-ESF Campus, Gateway Center & 1 Field Site. Event Website

Proposal Deadline for Student Sustainability Fund
Friday, November 21, 2014, Event Website


Office of Energy and Sustainability
Carbon Neutrality, Renewable Energy, Green Building & Sustainable Practices

ESF's Principles of Sustainability

We begin with a commitment to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To do this we must...

  • Understand basic functions of natural and social systems;
  • Acknowledge and quantify the limitations of nature's capacity; and
  • Develop solutions through the integration of social, economic, technical, and environmental systems.

Carbon Neutral by 2015

Silver Sustainability Rating

In 2011, ESF earned a silver rating through STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System).

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all of its educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is and does serves the mission of achieving a sustainable world.

The Office of Energy and Sustainability at ESF seeks to perpetuate that mission through national leadership and on-campus initiatives. Colleges nationwide have joined together in addressing the challenges of a changing climate, diminishing oil reserves, vanishing habitat, and declining regional economies. As a signer of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), and member of the Association for the Advncement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), ESF is a core participant in large-scale cooperative efforts. The sustainability office at ESF has facilitated on-campus efforts through projects such as solar panels, a wind turbine and a biomass combined heat and power plant in the new Gateway Building.

You—students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners and friends—are invited to join in the many sustainability initiatives of ESF's Office of Energy and Sustainability. Visit this web gateway often, or join the Office of Energy and Sustainability's Facebook page, for the latest in news, events, and opportunities, and for access to the rich web of sustainability resources offered by SUNY-ESF.


Michael J. Kelleher
Executive Director of Energy & Sustainability
220 Bray Hall

Alexandre Poisson
Sustainability Coordinator
441 Bray Hall

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