Green Initiatives in Higher Education

The Higher Education community has banded together across the country to become leaders in the sustainability movement.

In February 2009, President David R. Smith voiced Upstate's commitment to sustainability by signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment External link. The commitment affirms Upstate's goal of reducing its impact on climate change through campus wide and ongoing actions to minimize its carbon footprint.

Upstate Medical University has also become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education External link. AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education—from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach—through education, communication, research and professional development. Businesses, NGO's, and government agencies can participate as AASHE partner members.

In Our Own Neighborhood

Sustaining the Green External link at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry: Our SUNY colleagues have been a leading force in the Sustaining the Green. ESF is unique among colleges and universities in that all of its educational and research programs are oriented toward natural resources, and toward the natural and designed environments. All that ESF is and does serves the mission of achieving a sustainable world.

Sustainability in Action External link at Syracuse University: As it engages with the world, Syracuse University will continue as a leader in promoting and practicing sustainability. The University defines sustainability as balancing the needs and aspirations of the present with the preservation of choices for the future.

Cornell Sustainable Campus External link at Cornell University: Sustainability is a balancing act. Cornell University is guided by a belief in balancing people, planet, and prosperity. While much needs to be done (you can help), Cornell has many established programs to make the campus more sustainable.