Commitments and Organizational Memberships
Second Nature and Climate Neutrality
In 2007, former ESF President Neil Murphy made ESF a charter signatory of the American College and Universities President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now Second Nature. This action committed ESF to becoming a carbon neutral campus by reducing emissions to the maximum extent possible and offsetting remaining emissions to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ESF is well on its way to achieving this goal, having reduced GHG emissions by 25% since 2007. The College's new Clean Energy Master Plan and suite of associated projects are expected to decrease GHG emissions by another 15%. Upon Plan implementation, the College will have reduced its emissions by 40%, as compared to 2007 levels. Currently, ESF's largest sources of GHG emissions are purchased steam, natural gas and electricity. The College is working to reduce these sources of emissions through a variety of clean energy projects.
REV Campus Challenge
The REV (Reforming Energy Vision) Campus Challenge promotes clean energy efforts by recognizing and supporting colleges and universities in New York State that implement clean energy projects and principles on campus, in the classroom, and in surrounding communities. ESF is a member campus (Leader) and has committed to investing in clean energy projects across their campuses, embracing clean energy curricula and research & development, and aiming to engage further with their communities. ESF's staff and faculty attend annual REV Campus Challenge workshops. In 2017, ESF received a grant through the REV Campus Challenge Technical Assistance Program to create its Clean Energy Master Plan, which will be uploaded to this website upon completion.
New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3)
NYSAR3 provides statewide leadership on waste reduction, reuse and recycling. As an organization, NYSAR3 strives to serve as an advisory organization for legislative and regulatory matters in reduction, reuse and recycling and to be an essential resource for education and training. NYSAR3 provides grant opportunities for members organizations and also honors award recipients each year. In 2020, ESF received a NYSAR3 College Council Grant (reusable menstrual products) and earned the 2020 Recycling Leadership Award for its Path to Zero Waste program.
We Are Still In
We Are Still In is a joint declaration of support for climate action, signed by more than 3,900 CEOs, mayors, governors, college presidents, and others. The organizations they represent comprise the largest and most diverse coalition of actors every established in pursuit of climate action in the United States.