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
Caleb Rudge, a 2016 ESF graduate, will begin his Peace Corps service this month as he heads to Paraguay to begin training as an environmental development volunteer. Rudge will live and work in a community to spearhead local conservation efforts and build a sustainable environment. (9/22)
"If you can dream it, you can do it." That is what Ian Blochwitz learned this summer. Blochwitz, a sustainable energy management major who will graduate in fall 2017, spent nearly three weeks in Stockholm, Sweden, where he interned at Plantagon International AB, an urban agriculture company. (9/22)
This past summer, Rand Michaels enjoyed leisurely bike rides, nightly swims and meals prepared from the freshest available ingredients. Such comforts were welcome after a hard day's work on the farm. As an intern at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island, New York, Michaels was exposed to the inner workings of a sustainable organic farming operation. (9/22)
The hazards presented by microplastics in waterways - and the steps citizen scientists can take to help solve the problem - will be the focus of a workshop at ESF Oct. 11. (9/21)
ESF has earned a place among the top universities in America for 2017, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The college is ranked number 99 on the Best National Universities list in U.S. News' 2017 edition of Best Colleges. (9/13)
ESF is ranked among the nation's top "Cool Schools" by Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. In a list made public today (Sept. 6, 2016), Sierra puts the college at Number 2 among 200 schools surveyed. "These are the colleges working hardest to protect the planet in 2016," the magazine says in its September/October issue. (9/6)
A team of researchers from Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and ESF have received a $15,000 grant from the Hill Collaboration on Environmental Medicine to extend for a third year their research into the toxic potential of Onondaga Lakebed sediment. With this latest grant, the research team has received a total of $49,997 from the Hill Collaboration in support of this project. (9/2)
ESF is once again listed among the best colleges in the United States as reported by the Princeton Review. The college holds a place in Best 381 Colleges for 2017 and earned a spot on the "Green College Honor Roll." (9/2)
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul joined ESF President Quentin Wheeler Wednesday, Aug. 24, for the official opening of two ESF laboratories at the Syracuse Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems. (8/29)
ESF is welcoming approximately 325 first-year students to campus this fall. (8/23)
Upcoming ESF Events
ESF in the Media
- Daily Orange: SUNY-ESF graduate program focuses on indigenous knowledge as part of sustainability:
The Daily Orange reports on ESF's innovative new graduate program, which fuses science and indigenous knowledge for sustainability. 9/19/16
- Eagle News: ESF students lend a hand to Camillus Park:
An ESF class led by Dr. Diane Kuehn is performing an assessment on Camillus Park and its forest. 9/20/16
- Poughkeepsie Journal: Riexinger, Lenz receive awards:
NYS Conservation Caouncil named Paul Lenz, ESF alum and Deputy Chief of City Land Stewardship at NYC DEP, Professional Conservationist of Year 9/14/16
- TWC News: Electric Vehicle Expo and Solar Fair Rolls into Syracuse:
ESF student Ethan Marvel Requardt lobbied for legal electric bicycles at Saturday's Electric Vehicle Expo in downtown Syracuse. 9/11/16
- New York Upstate: Harmful blue-green algae blooms confirmed in Seneca Lake:
Water samples sent to ESF for testing confirm that the algae bloom on Seneca Lake is toxic. 9/3/16