SUNY Chancellor Designates ESF As Sustainable and Renewable Energy Center
ESF to Help Design 'Sustainable Future' for State, Nation
SYRACUSE State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King has designated the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) as the SUNY Sustainable and Renewable Energy Center, marking the college as the university-wide clearinghouse for new developments in biofuels and other innovative energy-producing techniques.
"With this designation SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry will play a key role in helping New York State design a more sustainable future and, more broadly, help reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign sources of energy," King said.
"This new position for ESF recognizes the first-rate research being done right here in Central New York," said ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. "Our scientists, particularly the chemists, structural biologists and forest products experts, are among the leaders in the field. And now that ESF is officially the center for advancements in this important area, the college will be better able to obtain the support that is critical to continuing its efforts."
The chancellor’s designation is based in part on ESF’s rich tradition of teaching and research in the area of sustainable and renewable energy. Edwin H. White, who is both ESF’s dean of research programs and director of the New York Center for Forestry Research and Development, said the college spends an average of about $1 million annually on research projects in the area of natural renewable energy. That represents about 10 percent of the college’s total research expenditure.
Among those projects are:
REMCO (Research in Energy and Materials Conservation), a million-dollar project funded by Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid Company, and the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), which focuses on developing energy efficiency techniques for the use in the wood products industry.
The Salix Consortium, a partnership of more than 20 organizations that are exploring ways to commercialize willow biomass crops in the Northeast and Midwest. ESF is the lead agency in the consortium, which has received support from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture, NYSERDA, Niagara Mohawk, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and others.
Fuel cell research, largely the work of Dr. Israel Cabasso, who is recognized internationally as an expert on the field of polymer science. He is director of the college’s Polymer Research Institute.
The State University of New York is the largest university system in the United States. More than 388,000 students are enrolled in more than 5,000 fields of study on 64 campuses.