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Trailhead Cafe incorporates local produce into menus

(The Trailhead is using local sustainable produce grown by Green Campus Initiative on ESF's own property. 10/13/14) READ MORE

ESF students raise awareness of campus waste with Solo Cup art installation

("A group of Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students are hoping to address issues of waste and party culture at SU through a series of art installations consisting only of red Solo Cups." 10/15/14) READ MORE

SUNY-ESF team among Phase 1 winners of EPA's annual P3 competition

(A team from SUNY-ESF will progress to Phase II of the EPA's annual P3 competition, competing at National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. 10/15/14) READ MORE

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Call for Proposals, Student Sustainability Fund
October 13 - November 21, 206 Centennial Hall. Event Website

SUNY Energy, Environment, Education and Economics (4E) Network of Excellence Fall Charette
October 26 - 27, 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Genesee Grande Hotel & SUNY-ESF, Gateway Center.

SUNY SPARE: Solar Power As Renewable Energy Basic Course
October 27 - 30, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. SUNY-ESF Campus, Gateway Center & 1 Field Site. Event Website


Office of Energy and Sustainability
Carbon Neutrality, Renewable Energy, Green Building & Sustainable Practices

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.

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).


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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