Think Green Accomplishments

Upstate Payroll Services Department's Shift to Electronic Records

Roseann Bratek looks for a personnel folderThe savings generated by the Upstate payroll services department's shift to electronic records are hard to measure.

But create a mental stack of paper based on these numbers from director Sandra Delaney, and you’ll get the idea. Read More >


A Bright Idea that Saves Money at the IHP

Ric Burr on IHP roof with new led lightsHere’s a money-saving idea that truly started when a light bulb went … off.

More than a year ago Gary Kittell, associate vice president for Physical Plant Services, asked employees to think about how Upstate could save energy and money on utility bills. Read More >


Community Garden Groundbreaking

community garden groundbreakingThe playground area on the west lawn of the Campus Activities Building will be transformed this year into a community vegetable garden.

Groundbreaking for the Upstate Community Garden took place on Earth Day, April 22. Upstate President David R. Smith MD was joined at the ceremony by Syracuse Deputy Mayor John Cowin, several students and other members of the university community. Read More >


Filtered Water on Campus

filtered water fountainFiltered water is flowing through a growing number of drinking fountains on the Upstate campus.

Physical Plant crews have been installing new water stations that deliver filtered water from a standard drinking spout and a vertical "gooseneck" element for filling reusable bottles. Read More >


Center for Bioethics and Humanities Garden

bioethics gardenThink Green goes beyond saving energy.  The staff at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities has taken "going green" literally, and they added other bright colors as well.

They have planted a perennial garden in front of their new home, featuring low-maintenance plants that don't require a lot of water. A full complement of colorful flowers and other greenery will be on display in the spring. Read More >


did  you know...

...every nickel counts! Before you toss that returnable soda or water bottle into any other bin on campus, look for specially marked receptacles featuring the 5-cent bottle sticker.
It's easy to donate
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Climate Action Plan
climate action plan

In 2009, Upstate president David R. Smith, MD signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing the university to become "carbon neutral" by 2050.

Upstate submitted its first Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory in 2010, and began work on a Climate Action Plan PDF document that was completed and submitted to the ACUPCC in May 2011.