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Office of Sustainability

Climate Neutrality, Renewable Energy, Green Building & Sustainable Practices

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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.

Contacts

Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Chief of Staff, Office of the President
220 Bray Hall
315-470-4748
malichte@esf.edu

Alexandre Poisson
Sustainability Coordinator
441 Bray Hall
315-741-7557
sustainability@esf.edu

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Media & Resources

Milestone News

Recent News

SU News: SU-ESF Faculty Win EPA Grant to Advance Appreciation for Onondaga Lake

The project will draw on both scientific and Native American knowledge and traditions to advance students' understanding of the local ecosystem and its role in regional history and culture. 6/21/16 READ MORE

Andropogon: Familiar Place, Unfamiliar Ecology

ESF and Andropogon recently held a bioblitz on upstate NY alvars to identify plants for a new ESF green roof. 6/20/16 READ MORE

Syracuse.com: Play free lawn games, putt-putt golf and giant checkers in downtown Syracuse today

Dr. George Curry collaborated on an interactive art installation at Syracuse's Perseverance Park last weekend, as part of a project to define how the space should be developed. 6/10/16 READ MORE

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Events

Capstone Seminar - Matthew Bethurem
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. 213 Marshall Hall.


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