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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

NSF Grant Funds ESF Ecologist’s Gypsy Moth Research

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)

ESF Listed among Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges for 2018

ESF is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the college in the new 2018 edition of its college guide, "The Best 382 Colleges." ESF once again made the Princeton Review's "Green College Honor Roll" by receiving a score of 99, the highest possible score, in the Green Rating tallies this year. Only 24 colleges and universities achieved that distinction. (8/1)

Prevention is Key to Fighting Lyme Disease

Hosted by State Senator John DeFrancisco, the event brought together experts on the prevention of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, along with people afflicted with the devastating health effects of Lyme disease. (7/21)

Money Magazine Ranks ESF among ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is listed among the top "100 Best Colleges for Your Money 2017," according to Money magazine. ESF ranks No. 70, putting the college in the top 10 percent of top-performing colleges that were analyzed. (7/19)

Sen. Schumer Calls for Federal Action to Fight Tick-borne Illness

Dr. Melissa Fierke, an entomologist and associate professor at ESF, joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in calling for action to battle tick-borne illnesses. (7/13)

ESF Earns ‘Leader’ Status from REV Campus Challenge

ESF has been designated as a "Leader" by the REV Campus Challenge, which promotes clean-energy efforts by colleges and universities in New York state. (6/29)

ESF President Joins U.S. Leaders : 'We Are Still In’ on Paris Agreement

ESF's president is among 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and university leaders from across the U.S. or with significant operations in the U.S., representing the broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, who this week declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions. (6/7)

SUNY Ranks among Top 100 Worldwide for Patents Granted in 2016

The State University of New York ranked 38th in the "Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents for 2016," according to the National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association, which publishes the ranking annually based on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data. SUNY campuses were awarded 57 U.S. utility patents for advances in biotechnology, cancer research, manufacturing, renewable energy, and much more. ESF is among that group, with a patent related to research led by Dr. Christopher Nomura, a chemist who is ESF's vice president for research. (6/6)

ESF Staff, Faculty Honored by Chancellor

Six employees of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were honored by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher for their service to the State University of New York (SUNY). (5/22)

ESF Lists Top 10 New Species for 2017

A spider and an ant whose names are drawn from references in popular modern-day literature, a brilliant pink katydid and an omnivorous rat are among the discoveries identified by ESF as the Top 10 New Species for 2017. The list also includes a strikingly colored freshwater stingray and two plants - a bush tomato that appears to "bleed" when it's cut and an orchid with the face of the devil. Two leggy creatures - a millipede with more than 400 legs and an amphibious centipede - crawled onto the list, which is completed by a marine worm that looks a lot like fried pastry. (5/19)

Upcoming ESF Events

Alumni & Family Fall Weekend and Reunions

October 27 - 29, ESF Campus, Website

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