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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.

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.

Student interns hold composting buckets used in the program.
Composting Program Expanded in Its First Year

Geneseo’s student-led composting program finished the academic year with nearly 7,000 pounds of collected food scraps, paper towels, and other material — as much as the combined weight of two mid-size cars.

A student from GEO sorts through rubbish at a dumpster dive
Earth Week Activities Highlight Conservation and Personal Impact on the Environment

​​​​​​​The College community will celebrate Earth Week, April 15–25, with speakers, a Garden Fest, demonstrations, campus clean-ups, art installations, and other activities highlighting worldwide environmental issues and ways individuals can make a difference.

Pema Sherpa in a lab coat in the Integrated Science Center
Senior Spotlight: Pema Sherpa

As the Eddie Lee ’76 First Generation Ambassador, Pema Sherpa '19 spent the fall semester in her native Nepal, shadowing pediatric doctors to learn about medicine and the challenges of providing health care in underserved areas. She also collaborated with the doctors to provide no-cost eye exams to more than 700 children and prescription eye glasses to 80 students who needed them.