Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
ESF is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education in the U.S. and Canada. Its mission is to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education — from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach — through education, communication, research and professional development.
ESF is proud to be part of AASHE. By using a variety of methods and technologies to cut the College’s dependency on oil and collaborating with businesses to build a sustainable future, ESF is “practicing what it teaches.”
Among ESF’s green initiatives are:
- a green, or vegetated, roof installed on Walters Hall to aid in storm-water management, serve as insulation, reduce noise levels inside the building and protect the roofing material
- a 250-kilowatt carbonate fuel cell to produce energy to help power the campus and provide research opportunities into methods for commercializing clean energy
- a 15-kilowatt photovoltaic system in Walters Hall; a 23.5-kilowatt array on Baker Laboratory; and a 25-kilowatt system on Moon Library
- new energy-efficient chillers and pumps installed in two academic buildings to reduce the expense of air conditioning during the warmer months. The buildings’ energy management systems were also upgraded to optimize the efficiency of the chillers
- 34 alternative-energy vehicles including bulldozers, plow trucks, buses that run on bio-diesel; electric cars, GEM vehicles, Toyota and Honda hybrids, and three flexible-fuel vehicles that are E85 equipped
- a partnership with Siemens Corporation, the City of Syracuse and O’Brien and Gere Engineers to build a 10-megawatt power generating plant that will be fueled by turning wood and wood by-products into synthetic gas
AASHE aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities. The association also provides a professional home for campus sustainability coordinators and directors.