Joining in Progress

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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 Students Offer Love Letter to the Earth

To celebrate Valentine's Day, ESF students were asked what they love about the Earth. (2/12)

Ph.D. Student Appointed to Federal Advisory Panel

Xiaoliang Yang, an ESF Ph.D. candidate in environmental and natural resources policy, has been appointed to a two-year term on the National Coal Council, the advisory panel to the U.S. secretary of energy. (2/1)

Study Cross-Links Pollution Extremes to Race, Socio-Economic Status

A research team that includes Dr. Mary Collins of the ESF Department of Environmental Studies highlights the cross-link between toxic pollution, race, and socio-economic status in a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal "Environmental Research Letters." (1/27)

ESF Participates in SUNY Training for University Police

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and University Police Commissioner Paul Berger announced recently that 24 officers from throughout SUNY recently completed a national Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) training program in Syracuse. The officers will begin providing training to their colleagues on campus and regionally throughout 2016. (1/25)

New Honor for the Chancellor: A Namesake Beetle

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has collected a lot of honors in her distinguished career but the one bestowed recently will stand out as unusual in her lengthy resume. Joining the official list of known species in the animal kingdom isZimpherus nancae, a previously undescribed beetle from Venezuela. ESF President Quentin Wheeler, one of two scientists who reported the discovery in "The Coleopterists Bulletin," presented Zimpher with a framed image of the new beetle during a meeting in Albany. (1/25)

Upcoming ESF Events

Renewal of a Jewel – Onondaga Lake: Effective Collaboration Among Students, Scientists, Agencies and Private Enterprise
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF. Dale L. Travis Lecture Series

Certified Professional Constructor Examination
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 am - 5:30 am. 309 Baker Laboratory.

Environmental Studies Seniors Showcase
Monday, April 4, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. TBA.

14th Annual New York State Green Building Conference
April 14 - 15, OnCenter. Event Website

8th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium
May 19 - 20, Gateway Center. Event Website

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