• Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Primary SD area: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Saratoga Springs, United States (The)
  • Date of completion: 1 Jan 2000
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Deliverables & Resources
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative - State University of New York Empire State College

Organization(s) making commitment

State University of New York Empire State College

Achievement of Commitment

SUNY Empire State College is committed to
-teaching sustainable development concepts
-encouraging research on sustainable development issues to including new and innovative technologies
-greening the campus
-supporting sustainability efforts in the communities in which we reside

How this will be achieved

The college is moving forward in many ways to incorporate sustainability into academics. A group of faculty and professionals were awarded a USDA Higher Education Grant to develop this learning module which will allow students to take data in their own backyard and explore the impacts of climate change on non-native beetle species.

With funding provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and assistance through a third party research firm, the college is studying the amount of energy saved by virtualizing all college servers.

The college has invested in high quality video conferencing for all of its locations. As grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will be used to hire consultants that will assist the college in developing ways to encourage video conference use instead of travel by its employees.

The college sustainability committee will continue to offer at least three community education programs each year in three different communities in New York State. In addition the college will continue to participate in community events that support local sustainability groups including Bike to Work Day and Recyclemania events.

Deliverable Date
Reports on Research 2015
American College and Universities Presidentsí Climate Commitment 2015

Resources devoted to delivery
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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