Office of Sustainability

Climate Neutrality, Renewable Energy, Green Building & Sustainable Practices


ESF's Principles of Sustainability

We begin with a commitment to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To do this we must...

  • Understand basic functions of natural and social systems;
  • Acknowledge and quantify the limitations of nature's capacity; and
  • Develop solutions through the integration of social, economic, technical, and environmental systems.

Silver Sustainability Rating

In 2011, ESF earned a silver rating through STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System).

ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all of its educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is and does serves the mission of achieving a sustainable world.

The Office of Energy and Sustainability at ESF seeks to perpetuate that mission through national leadership and on-campus initiatives. Colleges nationwide have joined together in addressing the challenges of a changing climate, diminishing oil reserves, vanishing habitat, and declining regional economies. As a signer of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), and member of the Association for the Advncement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), ESF is a core participant in large-scale cooperative efforts. The sustainability office at ESF has facilitated on-campus efforts through projects such as solar panels, a wind turbine and a biomass combined heat and power plant in the new Gateway Building.

You—students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners and friends—are invited to join in the many sustainability initiatives of ESF's Office of Energy and Sustainability. Visit this web gateway often, or join the Office of Energy and Sustainability's Facebook page, for the latest in news, events, and opportunities, and for access to the rich web of sustainability resources offered by SUNY-ESF.


Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Chief of Staff, Office of the President
220 Bray Hall

Alexandre Poisson
Sustainability Coordinator
441 Bray Hall

Calling all Students!

Media & Resources

Milestone News

Recent News

Extinction Countdown: Snails Are Going Extinct: Here's Why That Matters

Rebecca Rundell and her work with the endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail was featured in Scientific American's Extinction Countdown blog. 8/10/16 READ MORE

Watertown Daily Times: Family fun slated at farm

ESF student Rand Michaels is hosting tours of the organic farm where he's interning this summer. 8/18/16 READ MORE

PLOS Ecology: Function over Form: Predicting Disturbance Responses with Functional Traits at ESA 2016

ESF's Wendy Leuenberger is mentioned in a PLOS Ecology article on what scientists are learning from continued study of the Deepwater Horizon spill. 8/16/16 READ MORE

More ESF News


Talk: Dr. Fengshi Wu, "Democratic Transition and Environmental Governance"
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. Marshal 213.

Aquaday at Onondaga Lake
Sunday, September 11, 2016, Onondaga Lake Park (Willow Bay). Event Website

Detecting Microplastics in Waterways with Citizen Science
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. ESF Gateway Center.


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