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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

Community Stewards to Receive ESF’s Feinstone Award

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)

ESF Hosts Inaugural SUNY Leaders Sustainability Summit

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.


Princeton Review Again Ranks ESF No. 2 among Nation’s ‘Green Colleges’

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)

SUNY, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announce Grant for Sustainable Village and Learning Community in Haiti

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)

Snails Bred in ESF Lab Help Species Crawl Back from Brink of Extinction

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)

‘Extinct’ Floreana Tortoise Species Could Return to Galapagos

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)

U.S. News Ranks ESF among the Best

ESF continues to rank among the top universities in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. (9/13)

Annual Value of Trees? $500 Million Per Megacity, Study Says

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.


Sierra Club Puts ESF among Nation’s Top ‘Cool Schools’

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)

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)

Upcoming ESF Events

ESF General Education Fair

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 am, Gateway, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity (IDE) Committee

Alumni & Family Fall Weekend and Reunions

October 27 - 29, ESF Campus, Website

ESF in the Media