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2022 News Archive

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ESF Shares a Century of Knowledge about Wood

Detailed information about the expansive contents of ESF's wood collection – 40,000 samples that represent 100 years of gathering wood from around the globe – will soon be made available to scientists all over the world.

Staff Spotlight: Aaron Knight

Aaron Knight recently came full circle in his professional career, rejoining the Office of Communications and Marketing as the Associate Director of Web Services. Aaron started his ESF career 14 years ago as a junior web developer after graduating from Syracuse University and working in various local web development jobs.

ESF Partners with State Agencies to Promote Climate-Smart Farms and Forests

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)—the most distinguished College in the nation focused on the study of the environment—is partnering with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Agriculture and Markets, and colleagues at Cornell University, Syracuse University and other organizations to help landowners and farmers implement more climate-smart solutions.

SUNY ESF Ranked No. 1 for Sustainability Curriculum

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the most distinguished institution in the nation that focuses on the study of the environment, was again recognized as a top performer in the annual Sustainable Campus Index by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The Index identifies top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Alumni Profile: ESF Tramily (‘Trail-Family') Complete 2,200 Mile Trek through the Appalachian Trail

A group of ESF alums recently completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. It was a journey filled with challenges, before a triumphant conclusion this August. They started their journey as a "tramily" (trail-family) of five people on March 4, 2022 at Amicalola Falls State Park. The group was made up of Haley Welshoff' 19, Julia Cunfer '19, Cassie Rogers'19, and Izzi Clemens '19, and Vivian Viscosi Steinbaugh, '18. They knew it would take them over five months to complete the 2,200 mile trail, but were undeterred.

Staff Spotlight: Melissa Vaughn

Melissa Vaughn wanted to work at ESF for a long time. As a Newcomb resident, ESF's local campus loomed large in the area. Four years ago, she got the opportunity to join the ESF team as Guest Service Coordinator at the Adirondack Ecological Center.

Mighty Oak Monday: Emme Christie

Emme Christie—who is currently serving as president of ESF's Graduate Student Association—has always wanted to help people. After earning an undergraduate degree with a dual major in chemistry and food chemistry from the University of the West Indies, they got a job at a Jamaican environmental firm, where they worked for eight years. While there, they started to discover who they were and new aspects of their own identity. Beyond some personal revelations, they realized that they wanted to be the person affecting change. Though they didn't know exactly how they wanted to make a difference, that didn't stop them from pursuing different opportunities. They went back to graduate school at the University of the West Indies, this time for environmental science. Still, Emme wanted to do more and applied for a Fulbright scholarship in 2020.

ESF’s Dr. Lemir Teron Named Richard P. Nathan Public Policy 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 excited to announce that Dr. Lemir Teron has been named a 2022-23 Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Fellow by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

ESF's Dr. Benette Whitmore launches Funky Foodies, Inc. Podcast in Partnership with WCNY/PBS

Dr. Benette Whitmore—Environmental Studies faculty member and online graduate program coordinator—exudes contagious energy when talking about her newest project, the Funky Foodies podcast. Benette is the writer, director, and producer of the podcast, which she created specifically for young people who want to improve the world through environmental practices associated with food. Think: sustainable agriculture, food recovery, and preparing healthy meals.

ESF Honors Newest Members of ESF Athletic Hall of Fame

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will induct the newest class of honorees into its Athletic Hall of Fame at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 in the College's Gateway Center. This year, the 2012 men's soccer team, a timbersports athlete, a member of the ski/cross country team at Syracuse University (SU), and the driving force behind the creation of ESF's mascot—Oakie the Acorn—are among the 2022 honorees of the ESF Athletic Hall of Fame.