Think Green Accomplishments
Upstate Payroll Services Department's Shift to Electronic Records
The 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
Here’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
The 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 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
Think 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 >
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 that was completed and submitted to the ACUPCC in May 2011.