Food service doesn’t end at the table; leftovers and scraps must be disposed of. Doing so in an environmentally responsible way—especially at Crossroads Culinary Center, University at Buffalo’s busiest dining hall where 2,000 students eat daily—can be a daunting task.
When university leaders couldn’t find existing models to guide their efforts, they turned to a program started by UB students.
Known as the “canal,” the 32-foot, stainless steel channel moves food waste along its length by recirculating water. It’s the first step in a recycling process before the waste is taken to one of two food composters on campus where it is heated and dehydrated. The result is a soil amendment that is free to faculty, staff, students and community organizations.
Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to recognize the role that SUNY plays in maximizing Energy Smart New York every single day of the year; after all, 97% of the state’s population is within 20 miles of a SUNY campus. As an economic driver in New York State, SUNY capitalizes on the opportunity to profoundly affect New Yorkers by instating smart, and sometimes bold, environmental goals.
Today we focus on a recent national intercampus achievement and groundbreaking systemwide initiative that both focus on the environment. And to kick off our highlighting of SUNY’s eco-friendly push, our Generation SUNY team spoke to SUNY ESF faculty expert Dr. Elizabeth Folta on how SUNY students can maximize (or minimize!) their impact throughout the year with our brand-new video series, Interview With A. Check it out after the jump!
As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, SUNY is once again recognized for its outstanding commitment to environmental conservation. The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this week salutes eight SUNY campuses among the 230 most environmentally responsible “green colleges” in the United States and Canada.
“SUNY’s commitment to an energy-smart New York and to sustainability throughout our system is a critical component of our strategic plan, one that our campuses have widely embraced and consistently shown leadership on,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “Congratulations to the eight SUNY campuses listed in the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges. This recognition is much deserved and highly commendable.”
The eight campuses named show due diligence in their environmental efforts day after day: Continue reading →
As we count down to the new year, we thought we’d share some of the SUNY news you may have missed during 2012.
Binghamton University approved for NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant
This year, Governor Cuomo signed the Binghamton University NYSUNY 2020 challenge grant, which approves a plan that includes the development of a $70 million Smart Energy Center that will help revitalize the Southern Tier economy and create more than 840 Binghamton University and private sector jobs.
Over the past decade, New York’s Upstate, Central, and Western regions have been transformed from retired industry into technical paradises. From the entrepreneurial and medical hubs in the greater Buffalo region to the biomedical advancements and investments taking place in the Rochester/Syracuse area to the nanotechnology revolution in the Mohawk Valley continuing east to the Capital Region, New York State’s economical and educational outlook is bright and prosperous.