Office of Energy and Sustainability

Carbon 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.

Carbon Neutral by 2015

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

Huffington Post: The Worst Polluters Are In The Most Vulnerable Neighborhoods, Study Finds

Dr. Mary Collins was lead researcher on a new study that shows the worst polluters tend to gravitate to poor and non-white communities. 2/3/16 READ MORE

Atlanta Black Star: ‘Super Polluter’ Businesses Target Minority Neighborhoods the Most, Showing Pattern of ‘Structural Discrimination’ Throughout U.

Environmental Studies professor Dr. Mary Collins led a new study that shows the worst polluters tend to gravitate to poor and non-white communities. 2/9/16 READ MORE

Daily Orange: SUNY-ESF professor co-writes study finding evidence of environmental racism

The Daily Orange reports on a new study led by Dr. Mary Collins that shows the worst polluters tend to gravitate to poor and non-white communities. 2/7/16 READ MORE

More ESF News


Environmental Studies Colloquium Series: Dr. Jack Manno
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 3:00 am - 4:15 pm. 213 Marshall Hall.

ESF Bike Safety Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Jahn 122.

Exemplary Researcher / Adaptive Peaks Seminar
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. 5 Illick Hall.


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