State Senator Dave Valesky visits SUNY-ESF
"...good work is being done here”
(Syracuse) The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) officials briefed freshman State Senator Dave Valesky (49th District) Thursday, May 5, on some of the research efforts and teaching programs centered on its Syracuse campus.
SUNY-ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., senior staff and members of the faculty summarized research in biomass to produce ethanol from wood, promote development of biorefineries in upstate New York, create environmentally friendly plastics, clean up and rejuvenate waterways like Onondaga Creek, re-claim wetlands, and research indoor air quality to reduce the number of cases of childhood asthma.
Senator Valesky said, “The kind of research that is taking place right here and the applications that it has in the commercial world are very exciting. It’s a perfect example of an institute of higher education doing some tremendous things to improve our quality of life and spur economic development.”
“I had an idea of what was happening here (at ESF) before today but it’s very clear, good work is being done here,” said Valesky.
$40 million in contracted research projects are in progress at SUNY-ESF.
Following the briefing, Senator Valesky toured the campus.
As ranking Democrat on both the Environmental Conservation and Agriculture Committees, Senator Valesky promised to do everything possible to promote the mission and goals of SUNY-ESF.
Release No. 38, May 6, 2005