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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

Mighty American Chestnut Poised for Return to America’s Forests

Scores of tiny American chestnut seedlings that grow in a field in the upstate New York countryside could be the vanguard in the resurgence of what was once the most dominant tree in the eastern forests. The young trees carry one gene, added by ESF scientists to the 38,000 genes that occur naturally in American chestnuts, that make them capable of withstanding the invasive blight that wiped out billions of their ancestors a century ago. (3/6)

ESF among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges

The Peace Corps named ESF as a top volunteer-producing college. (3/2)

Farther from the Forest: ‘Eye-opening’ Study Shows Rural U.S. Loses Forests Faster than Cities

ESF researchers published a study in the journal PLOS ONE that says between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent - or about a third of a mile. And while the distance isn't insurmountable for humans in search of a nature fix, it can present challenges for wildlife and have broad effects on ecosystems. (2/22)

Urban Design Experts to Speak at Green Building Conference

The 15th Annual Green Building Conference sponsored by the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in March will feature presentations by experts in the green building field. (2/8)

ESF One of Princeton Review's "Colleges That Pay You Back"

ESF is one of the nation's best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review's "Colleges That Pay You Back: 2017 Edition." (2/6)

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)

Upcoming ESF Events

Identifying Priorities to Improve Research at ESF

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, 408 Baker Laboratory,

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, (further information)

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

Indigenous Science & Law Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, 408 Baker Lab, Website

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