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Welcome to ESF

The 21st century will be defined by environmental challenges of unprecedented number and complexity—and how society responds to them. ESF is at the forefront of confronting these challenges: educating tomorrow's leaders, opening new possibilities, and inspiring the public to engage in creating a better future.

For more than a century, ESF has been unique among institutions of higher learning in its singular focus on environmental discovery, learning, and sustainability. We offer the excellence of a small campus education in an atmosphere of big ideas. Located in a transcendent triangle, ESF simultaneously offers life in a top-20 small college city, thousands of acres of living laboratory in the Adirondacks, and easy access to New York City. For those who love the natural world, it doesn't get any better than this.

A combination of students among the best in the nation and a faculty of international leaders in their fields create an environment of excellence and boundless possibilities. Discover why ESF is consistently ranked among the best values among its peers. Explore our Web pages. Visit our campus. Talk to our students. Meet our faculty. Find out for yourself the remarkable breadth and depth of our academic, research, and public outreach programs.

Fortunately, challenges and opportunities come in equal measure. ESF is boldly envisioning new and creative ways in which we can meet society's needs today while avoiding the destruction or diminishment of the natural world, living resources, and options open to humans in the future. Whether your passion lies in designing better human-built environments, conserving and understanding biological diversity, or engineering better ways to meet the needs of human survival, ESF is in a league of its own.

Dr. Quentin Wheeler, President

Recent News

ESF Education Helps Alumnus Launch Agritourism Success

It's autumn and Matthew Critz '77 is excited about pumpkins; come springtime he will be captivated by all things maple. "I get really into whatever it is I'm doing and right now I'm getting a kick out of growing pumpkins," he said. Critz is the co-owner and president of Critz Farms Inc., a diversified agricultural operation focused on community entertainment and education. (10/19)

Princeton Review Ranks ESF No. 2 among Nation’s ‘Green Colleges’

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is No. 2 among the nation's "green colleges," according to The Princeton Review.


Beer Eases Final Moments for Euthanized Invertebrates

Debates about humane treatment of animals are commonplace when the species in question is a charismatic mammal such as a panda or a familiar, furry house pet. But what about invertebrates? It turns out a beer can make a difference. (10/6)

44 ESF Students Spend Summer as DEC Interns

"I tell students to look at it as a very long job interview," said Dr. David Newman, describing the potential impact of summer internships with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). (10/3)

Paper Engineering Boosts Student through Semester Abroad

When he attended a college fair during his senior year of high school, Erik Nelson told an ESF representative he wanted to be an environmental engineer. "He was like, 'Well you could do that, or you could do paper engineering,'" Nelson recalled. "Thank goodness he said that … If I didn't meet with him, my life would probably be very different." Nelson took the ESF admission rep's advice and is now a senior paper engineering major at ESF. (9/28)

ESF Alumnus Begins Peace Corps Service

Caleb Rudge, a 2016 ESF graduate, will begin his Peace Corps service this month as he heads to Paraguay to begin training as an environmental development volunteer. Rudge will live and work in a community to spearhead local conservation efforts and build a sustainable environment. (9/22)

Travis Lecture Focuses on Restoring Giant in Galapagos

"Restoring the Giant Tortoise Dynasties of Galapagos" will be the topic of the Dale L. Travis Public Lecture Series 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Gateway Center on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) campus. (9/22)

Dream Becomes Reality for ESF Senior

"If you can dream it, you can do it." That is what Ian Blochwitz learned this summer. Blochwitz, a sustainable energy management major who will graduate in fall 2017, spent nearly three weeks in Stockholm, Sweden, where he interned at Plantagon International AB, an urban agriculture company. (9/22)

Summer on the Farm

This past summer, Rand Michaels enjoyed leisurely bike rides, nightly swims and meals prepared from the freshest available ingredients. Such comforts were welcome after a hard day's work on the farm. As an intern at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island, New York, Michaels was exposed to the inner workings of a sustainable organic farming operation. (9/22)

Workshop Highlights Role of Citizen Science in Battling Microplastics

The hazards presented by microplastics in waterways - and the steps citizen scientists can take to help solve the problem - will be the focus of a workshop at ESF Oct. 11. (9/21)

Upcoming ESF Events

Small Business U.S. Administration Emerging 200 Initiative Graduation

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Gateway Center Room A & B,

Divestment 2016: Setting a Path for a "Just Transition"

Friday, November 18, 2016, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Gateway Center, Website

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