SUNY ESF

Dr. James Gibbs

  For the next two weeks you can tell New York State wildlife officials just what birds, fish, turtles, insects and other creatures need help surviving.  One local scientist is reflecting on the importance of the “List of Species of Greatest Concern”.

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Advancements in using biomass technology for heat were front and center Wednesday at SUNY ESF for the second annual National Bioenergy Day. The event was held with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) which seeks to find ways to incorporate renewable heating methods into everyday living. 

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The old boathouse at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor is the place where two local SUNY Universities learned they would be getting $20 million to expand educational programs on Onondaga Lake.  Governor Cuomo made the announcement and explains it will support college programs focused on job training. “Identify the job and the dream for that job. That’s what OCC does which is exactly right. ESF, water research and quality, it’s going to work for the lake, but it also has commercial applications.

 The State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry inaugurated Dr. Quentin D. Wheeler as its fourth president on Friday.

Wheeler was most recently the dean for Arizona State's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. He also served as a professor at Cornell University and as the Keeper of Entomology at the Natural History Museum in London. Wheeler holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. 

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Scientists identify thousands of new plants, animals, microbes, fungus and the like every year.  And a center here in Syracuse keeps track. The science of taxonomy is being celebrated today with the Top 10 List of new species by the International Institute for Species Exploration.

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Could the way we feel be caused by environmental factors in Central New York ? That was one of several topics mentioned today during the Biotechnology Symposium at SUNY ESF. Former President Doctor Neil Murphy says the World Health Organization has determined that 90 percent of all diseases are either initiated or aggravated by environmental factors. A local collaborative to use biotechnology to improve human health concerns has been developed through State funding from the Governor.

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44 years have passed since Earth Day was launched and it seems people are more mindful than ever before about reducing their carbon footprint.  Adopting sustainable practices can begin today and higher education is taking a large role.  Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division is constantly working on the effort.  Marketing Manager Melissa Cadwell they’re looking for some extra help on Earth Day between Waverly Ave and Harrison Street on the hill.


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SUNY E-S-F is getting closer to its goal to achieving carbon neutrality by 2015.  A ribbon cutting was held Friday to officially dedicate the college’s newest building. 

The Gateway Center has a three million dollar combined heat and electric system powered by biomass and natural gas.  Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability Michael Kelleher explains the process once the wood pellets are loaded.