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TWC Going Green: University of Buffalo Enters Solar Decathlon

U of Buffalo and ESF are teaming up to design and build a solar house for the US DOE Solar Decathlon. 4/12/15 READ MORE

WAER In Depth: Restoration of Onondaga Lake's Wetlands Playing Key Role in Recovery

In this feature-length article on the recovery of Onondaga Lake's watershed, Dr. Leopold provides an expert's perspective on the ecological history and recovery of the area. 4/14/15 READ MORE

WRVO: Study shows people favor bicycle lanes on Syracuse's Euclid Avenue

Dr. Melissa Fierke is quoted on the danger of bicycling on Euclid. 4/13/15 READ MORE

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EARTHFEST in Thornden Park
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Thornden Park Amphitheater. Earth Week 2015 Schedule

Soundwalks: Exploring Local Soundscapes
April 20 - 23, SUNY-ESF Main Quad. Earth Week 2015 Schedule

Soundwalk: Exploring Local Soundscapes
Monday, April 20, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. ESF Quad. Earth Week 2015 Schedule


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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