Accolades, Partnerships, & Association Memberships
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)/ Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS)
Geneseo is one of almost 1,000 member institutions of the AASHE. We are also one of 650 institutions in 9 countries that have voluntarily submitted a STARS report. We currently hold "Silver" rating for 2016.
2016 Annual AASHE Conference
(Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
Dan DeZarn, Director of Sustainability, Dr. Meg Reitz, Co-Chair of the President's Commission on Sustainability, and Mike Reed, a senior Geological Sciences major, attended AASHE this past October to present research from SUNY Geneseo and hear ideas about how to improve sustainability efforts on campus and in the community.
Mike and Dr. Reitz worked on a college-community joint project to increase Walkability and Bikeability in the Village and Town of Geneseo. We built off a Walkability Audit performed in 2015 and created possible walking and biking routes to key destinations in the Village and Town.
Reflections from the Conference:
"Each year the AASHE conference is held in a different city that has a special sustainability focus. This year it was in Baltimore, MD, a city in the cross hairs of a number of looming sustainability issues ranging from sea level rise, to water pollution. It is exciting to see the ways these various towns are handling their individual challenges and managing to thrive in spite of the threat. In addition, the conference is always a great way to keep track of exciting initiatives that other schools are participating in, and an opportunity to stay connected with sustainability professionals in our region and across the world." - Dan DeZarn
"As a student who's only been tangentially involved with sustainability on campus (attending events and facilitating a few), attending the AASHE conference really helped open my eyes to what actually can be done on college campuses. I left the conference seeing how much our school has progressed in terms of sustainability. Even more importantly, however, I came back feeling energized with ideas as to how we can better the campus, within just the four short years that we have here." - Mike Reed
NYCSHE is, in effect, a regional version of AASHE wherein NYS colleges and universities have a forum for sharing information and ideas and solving problems. The SUNY schools are included within the coalition and meet at the annual meetings of both AASHE and NYCSHE to discuss and learn from one another about relevant topics within the SUNY system.
Like all NYS governmental agencies, SUNY Geneseo is mandated by Governor Cuomo’s carbon emission reduction via 50% reliance on renewable energy sources by 2035.
SUNY Geneseo has earned the distinction as a “Green College” in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, every year since its initial publication in 2009.***
Along with 650 other colleges and universities, SUNY Geneseo has signed onto the ACUPCC, agreeing to ‘measure and report our greenhouse gas emissions, take immediate actions to reduce them, and develop and implement a plan to go climate neutral.’ (http://ecoamerica.org/programs/american-college-university-presidents-climate-commitment/)
SUNY Geneseo is distinguished by having our own arboretum. The arboretum, in combination with preserved forest corridors and grounds maintenance and plantings, contributes to the health of the local ecosystem via carbon sequestration and sustaining native plants and animals. In addition, those campus efforts improve the aesthetics and quality of life of our campus and adjacent community.
SUNY Geneseo has decreed that all new building construction will adhere to a minimum of “Silver” rating in the LEED program.