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The Citizen: Cayuga County Legislature to hear out public on natural gas waste ban

(Philippe Vidon was quoted in this article on a Cayuga County debate over fracking brine. 11/25/14) READ MORE Fort Drum powered by wood-burning power plant in renewable energy push

(Fort Drum is working on a contract with ESF's shrub willow program to supply the plant with biomass for fuel. 11/23/14) READ MORE

Terry Ettinger on TWC News "Garden Journeys"

(Terry Ettinger was on the "Garden Journeys" segment this week to demonstrate how to use compost for potting soil. 11/23/14) READ MORE

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Capstone Seminar - Noah Pasqua-Godkin
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10:30 am - 11:30 am. 212 Marshall Hall.

Capstone Seminar - Michael Rann
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 159 Baker Laboratory.


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.


Michael J. Kelleher
Executive Director of Energy & Sustainability
220 Bray Hall

Alexandre Poisson
Sustainability Coordinator
441 Bray Hall

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