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Sustainability News

Sustainability is central to the mission and strategic plan of SUNY Geneseo, and we're proud of the many ways our campus community has effected positive change in the world we all share.

Dana Veron '95 adjusts equipment in Antarctica.
Rising Temps at the Bottom of the World

Research in Antarctica by climate scientist Dana Veron '95 has implications for people around the globe.

Pawpaw fruit
Research Can Help Pawpaws Gain New Ground

There are only 20 known locations of the pawpaw tree in NYS, virtually all are in WNY. In a recent article, Associate Professor Stephen Tulowiecki studied the conditions that pawpaws favor, and developed a model to predict hidden locations and identify areas that might sustain newly introduced trees.

A student waters plants in the eGarden. (SUNY Geneseo/Keith Walters '11)
Sustainability Month Concludes with Conservation Lecture

The campus community has been celebrating Sustainability Month with lectures from local experts, volunteer work days in the on-campus eGarden, and activities to promote knowledge and protection of nature and responsible resource use.

Gayle Schueller '87
3M Leader to Deliver President's Lecture on Sustainability

Gayle Schueller ’87, vice president and chief sustainability officer at 3M, will deliver the 7th President’s Sustainability Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Schueller’s talk, “Business for the Greater Good,” will be held virtually.

Allison Menendez '20 checks on bees in one of two hives club members maintain.
Sustainability Leadership Awards Given

The President’s Commission on Sustainability recently recognized faculty, staff, and students for their efforts with Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards.

Students dine in the Red Jacket Dining Complex.
Red Jacket Dining Facility Earns National Sustainability Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded Red Jacket Dining Complex with a Gold certification in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its green-minded design, construction and operations. 

students in classroom
Geneseo Adds Sociomedical Sciences Major

The Department of Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo is introducing a new major for undergraduate students interested in the social determinants of disease and health. The sociomedical sciences major examines the correlation between trends in health and its social causes, including social inequality and structural inequities.

Garden
A Princeton Review 'Green College' for 10 Years Running

SUNY Geneseo has been named among the most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The College has consistently been included in the annual guide since it was first published in 2010.

flowers, plants and other foliage is arranged artfully on a picnic table.
Geneseo Celebrates Campus Sustainability Month

The Ephemeral Arts Festival allows students and faculty to make and appreciate art made entirely from nature, from arrangements created with fallen red and orange leaves of fall to moss-covered sticks transformed into sculpture. Each creation is preserved with a photograph.

White Oak field research (SUNY Geneseo/Keith Walters '11)
Native American Burning Key to Rare Oak Savannas

Assistant Professor Stephen Tulowiecki and Professor David Robertson, Department of Geography, recently published an article in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers that finds Native American land use—in particular, the use of fire—was critical in shaping the distribution of oak savannas in Western New York at the end of the 1700s.

Winona LaDuke (Photo courtesy of Honor the Earth)
Activist and Leader Winona LaDuke To Deliver Sustainability Lecture Oct. 2

American environmentalist, economist and writer Winona LaDuke will deliver the President’s 2019 Sustainability Lecture on Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the Doty Recital Hall. LaDuke will speak about “Economics for the Seventh Generation.”

College Union at sunset
Geneseo to Purchase Large-Scale Aggregated Renewable Energy

Geneseo is a member of the NY Higher Education Large Scale Renewable Energy consortium of 20 public and private higher education institutions for the purchase of large-scale aggregated renewable energy. The consortium represents one of the state’s largest aggregated purchases of renewable energy to date.