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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

Former ESF President Whaley Honored by NY Bar Association

Dr. Ross S. Whaley, former ESF president and former chair of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), was honored by the New York State Bar Association with its 2017 Environmental Law Section award. (2/6)

ESF Junior Honored as 'Unsung Hero'

Junior Shewa Shwani will be recognized with a 2017 Unsung Hero Award to be presented at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Jan. 29 in the Carrier Dome. (1/26)

Tigers Could Roam Again in Central Asia, Scientists Say

A study, involving researchers from ESF, that was published online in the journal "Biological Conservation" lays out the options for restoring tigers to Central Asia and identifies a promising site in Kazakhstan that could support a population of nearly 100 tigers within 50 years. (1/17)

ESF Chemistry Professor Appointed VP for Research

Dr. Christopher T. Nomura, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at ESF, has been appointed vice president for research at the college. (1/10)

ESF Alumnus Wins Award for Sustainable Dog Treats

A dog treat company founded by ESF alumnus Michael Amadori won Green America's People & Planet Award. (12/16)

ESF December Graduates Join Alumni Ranks

ESF celebrated the accomplishments of its newest graduates during commencement ceremonies Friday at Hendricks Chapel. (12/9)

AASHE Recognizes ESF for Sustainability Innovations

ESF has been lauded by the leading organization promoting sustainability innovations in higher education. (12/6)

ESF Celebrates December Commencement

ESF will award 156 degrees, including 48 master's degrees and 14 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, during the 2016 December Commencement 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Hendricks Chapel. (12/2)

Teamwork Gets Soccer Players Volunteering for Food Recovery

The ESF men's and women's soccer teams spent time together this season off the field and in the kitchen. (11/22)

Verostek to present on Fletcher Steele

Associate Librarian Jane Verostek will present "Fletcher Steele: One Landscape Architect's 60-Year Influence on New York" at Researching New York 2016: The Conference on New York State History at SUNY Albany on November 17. (11/18)

Upcoming ESF Events

Talk: Kyungsun Lee, "The Transition to Eco-Industrial Parks: Experiences from Korea and Japan"

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm, Marshall 213, Website

Top Dog? The Ecological Role of the Coyote in Northeastern Forests

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Gateway Center, Dale L. Travis Lecture Series website

Environmental Studies Seniors Showcase

Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, ESF Alumni (Nifkin) Lounge,

Hydrological System Science Seminar Series: Community Participation in Onondaga Lake Planning

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Moon Library Room 110, HSS Seminar Series on Onondaga Lake

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