New York’s First Lady Visits ESF
New York First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer visited the ESF campus Wednesday, March 21, to learn about how the college is working on sustainability issues and at the same time battling the problem of “brain drain.”
Mrs. Spitzer spent about 90 minutes on the campus, first meeting with President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., and Provost Bruce C. Bongarten to learn about the college’s mission and get an overview of its research projects. She then heard from several students about their work on a broad range of sustainability projects. The students’ presentations ranged from designing a community garden with input from neighbors to constructing sustainable buildings and developing alternative energy sources.
Mrs. Spitzer then toured part of the Walters Hall paper science laboratory as the students were in the midst of a full-scale paper-making operation. Dr. Thomas Amidon of the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering showed the first lady aspects of ESF’s extensive work in developing cellulosic ethanol as an energy source.
The stop at ESF marked Mrs. Spitzer’s first trip to Syracuse. She returned home to Albany with a bottle of ESF’s Heiberg Forest maple syrup in hand.
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