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
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)
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)
A dog treat company founded by ESF alumnus Michael Amadori won Green America's People & Planet Award. (12/16)
ESF celebrated the accomplishments of its newest graduates during commencement ceremonies Friday at Hendricks Chapel. (12/9)
ESF has been lauded by the leading organization promoting sustainability innovations in higher education. (12/6)
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)
The ESF men's and women's soccer teams spent time together this season off the field and in the kitchen. (11/22)
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)
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)
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is No. 2 among the nation's "green colleges," according to The Princeton Review.
Upcoming ESF Events
ESF in the Media
- Eagle News: Baltimore Woods to welcome new executive director in the new year:
ESF alumna Whitney Lash-Marshall has been appointed the new executive director of Baltimore Woods Nature Center. 12/26/16
- Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: A dog's death: A blue-green algae mystery:
The sad loss of a family pet is helping raise awareness of toxic algae in NY waters. Dr. Greg Boyer helped investigate the case. 12/27/16
- American Agriculturalist: Forestry experts will discuss how to earn more from your woodlots in 13 seminars at New York Farm Show.:
ESF is among the organizations offering workshops as part of this year's Woodlot Seminar series at the NY Farm Show. 12/28/16
- SU News: Rock and a Hard Place:
Dr. Jack Manno was interviewed as part of a story on the decision at Standing Rock and what it means in the context of history and current events. 12/13/16
- The Hill: The case for more land conservation and a new national monument:
Robin Kimmerer authored an article for The Hill calling for the designation of a new National Monument that would protect Utah natural landmarks that are important both ecologically and to the culture of several indigenous peoples. 12/7/16