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WRVO: Scientists working to save endangered species from extinction in central New York

ESF grad student Cody Gilbertson released 200 captive-bred snails into the wild last week. 10/6/15 READ MORE

Daily Orange: SUNY-ESF masters student breeds endangered snails species in captivity

The Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail is considered the most endangered species in New York state, and Cody Gilbertson, a masters student at SUNY-ESF, is breeding this snail population - which only has about 300 snails - in captivity. 10/5/15 READ MORE

Genetic Literacy Project: Anti-GMO forces can slow train of technological progress but cannot derail it

ESF's American Chestnut Project is included in an article combating the negative perception of GMOs in the media. 10/5/15 READ MORE

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SURE: Sustainable Practices in Central New York
October 8 - 9, 4:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Nifkin (Alumni) Lounge. Event Website

The New York Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. 110 Moon Library. Event Website

Campus Day of Service -Fall 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Meeting at Nifkin Lounge . Sign up TODAY


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.


Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Chief of Staff, Office of the President
220 Bray Hall

Alexandre Poisson
Sustainability Coordinator
441 Bray Hall


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