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Mighty Oak Monday: Liam Grima

Liam Grima still remembers how he felt in 2019 when he volunteered to clean up trash along the beaches of his hometown. Years later as an ESF student, he would connect with the New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management (CSMM) for an internship that would help him be an even greater champion for the environment. The Center is devoted to reimagining the way New York State manages waste by expanding practices and research in waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. Liam is helping the team research pay per barrel systems for trash and recycling, which allow residents to pay per barrel as opposed to paying a flat fee for service.

Jenifer Lemus-Sagastume

Jenifer Lemus-Sagastume knows that environmental issues underpin many of the world's problems.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer Named 2022 MacArthur Fellow

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the most distinguished institution in the nation that focuses on the study of the environment, is proud to announce that Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer has been named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and is the Founder and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at ESF. Awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fellowship is presented to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits. Fellows receive $800,000 stipends that are bestowed with no conditions; recipients may use the money as they see fit.

Staff Spotlight: Earl Bazydlo

Earl Bazydlo is in his third year at ESF and was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor 1. It's a result of the hard work Earl has done in his career with the trades. Earl has been a licensed plumber for more than 20 years and held several positions during that time. As someone with a deep passion for the environment, sparked by many a day hiking or biking, working at ESF was always on his radar. When he moved back to Syracuse in 2013, he would scan jobs available on LinkedIn and Indeed, looking for something at ESF. Then, three years ago he got his chance and took it, starting as a Trades Specialist Plumber/Steamfitter in 2019.

ESF Graduate Student Helps with Hurricane Ian Aftermath

Madeline Clark graduated from ESF in 2015 with a bachelor's in environmental fisheries biology and worked in several laboratories following graduation. Clark returned to ESF this fall to pursue her master's degree concentrating on environmental policy. With her advisor Paul Hirsch, she is working on a master's project that includes interviewing people who have experienced large-scale disasters as a youth to learn how the disasters impacted them moving into adulthood.

Mighty Oak Monday: Gaby Wemple

Gaby Wemple wants to support more BIPOC students pursuing degrees in environmental science. Over the years, she's been involved with CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) and LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation), both of which are programs designed to support and increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing STEM degrees.

ESF Celebrates Campus Sustainability Month

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the most distinguished institution in the nation that focuses on the study of the environment, is celebrating Campus Sustainability Month throughout October to raise awareness of the value of sustainability.

Staff Spotlight: Diana Jaramillo

Diana Jaramillo was just 14 years old when her life in Ecuador took a pivotal turn that would come full circle more than two decades later. Her mother was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and she and Diana moved to Syracuse so she could pursue graduate studies at ESF.

Mighty Oak Monday – Katherine Flores

Katherine Flores knew two things for sure: she wanted to study fresh water, but she didn't want to be an engineer. Every week, she scoured the internship and job opportunities from ESF's Office of Career Services to see where she could put her skills and interest to work when one caught her eye.

44 ESF Students Spend Summer as DEC Interns

This past summer, 44 ESF graduate and undergraduate students worked with the DEC's Division of Lands and Forests, said Newman, chair of the college's Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management (FNRM). Internships covered a variety of areas and projects ranging from doing urban forestry projects to running boundary lines, and helping with pest and disease work to serving as access site stewards on state waterways.