Joining in Progress
Welcome to ESF
The 21st century will be defined by environmental challenges of unprecedented number and complexityand 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
The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will honor community stewards by presenting the 2017 Sol Feinstone Environmental Award to J. Andrew Breuer and Virginia Robbins. (10/17)
More than 150 leaders from throughout The State University of New York system convened at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry today (Oct. 10) for a daylong summit focused on defining opportunities for sustainability partnerships and sparking new ideas for advancing sustainability throughout the SUNY network.
The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is again No. 2 among the nation's "green colleges," according to The Princeton Review. (10/9)
ESF is part of a statewide collaboration on a sustainable village and learning community in Haiti that will provide resources and services for the town of Arcahaie. (9/25)
Work to restore the endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail, found only in one location inside a Central New York state park, continued this week with the release of tagged adult snails raised in an ESF laboratory. (9/13)
The Floreana giant tortoise - a species that drew interest from Charles Darwin and that was long believed to be extinct - has a shot at revival thanks to restoration efforts underway in the Galapagos National Park. An ESF scientist is involved in the project. (9/13)
ESF continues to rank among the top universities in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. (9/13)
In the megacities that are home to nearly 10 percent of the world's 7.5 billion people, trees provide each city with more than $500 million each year in services that make urban environments cleaner, more affordable and more pleasant places to live. An ESF professor is the lead author on a paper published recently.
For the second year in a row, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is ranked among the nation's top "Cool Schools" bySierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. In a list made public today (Aug. 22, 2017), Sierra puts the college at Number 4 among more than 200 schools surveyed. (8/22)
An ESF scientist is among the researchers whose work is supported by $12.1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Dylan Parry, an ecologist, will work with research partners from two other universities to learn more about how the invasive gypsy moth has been able to spread through a range of habitats that have wide-ranging climate differences. (8/10)
Upcoming ESF Events
ESF in the Media
- Daily Star: SUNY Cobleskill works to help in Haiti:
ESF is among the SUNY schools collaborating to build a sustainable learning community in Haiti. 10/1/17
- Sun Community News: Wild Center to add indigenous perspective:
The Wild Center is collaborating with ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and other groups to add indigenous knowledge to their exhibits. 9/27/17
- SU News: SyracuseCoE Awards Funding for Eight Research and Innovation Projects Led by Faculty Fellows:
ESF faculty are among the recipients of Syracuse Center of Excellence research grants. 10/2/17
- Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Wild Center awarded $245K for project with Native American partners:
The Wild Center has received a grant to collaborate with ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and other indigenous groups to incorporate indigenous knowledge into the museum's experience. 9/22/17
- CNY Business Journal: Area SUNY Schools Helping Develop "Sustainable" Village and Learning Community in Haiti:
ESF is among the SUNY schools collaborating to build a sustainable learning community in Haiti. 10/2/17