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Robin Kimmerer to keynote 'Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food' Conference

Robin Kimmerer will deliver the keynote at the annual Women, Food and Agriculture Network annual conference in Davenport, Iowa. 8/20/15 READ MORE

East Niagara Post: Trip to Syracuse results in check marks

For this author, a recent trip to Syracuse included ecology restoration work with an ESF student. 8/28/15 READ MORE

Watertown Daily Times: Conservationists, anglers debate St. Lawrence River fisheries in Clayton

Dr. John Farrell, Director of ESF's Thousand Island Biological Station, weighed in on the health of St. Lawrence fisheries at a recent meeting in Clayton. 8/26/15 READ MORE

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Ash Tree Seed Collection Workshop
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Baltimore Woods Park - 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108 . Event Website

SUNY SPARE (Solar Power As Renewable Energy) Basic Course: PV Installation & Maintenance
October 5 - 8, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. 240 Gateway Center, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse NY & ETM Solar, Endicott, NY. Event Website

Dr. Ken Klemow - Adaptive Peaks seminar speaker
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Illick 5. EFB events calendar


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


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