Greening the College

By 2015, SUNY Empire State College will be serving a growing body of students while generating a smaller carbon footprint, providing a full range of studies and degree programs related to the environment and sustainability and modeling environmentally sensitive behavior in communities across the state. We will play an active role within SUNY and beyond as an advocate for the transition to sustainability in higher education.

The college recognizes the leading role that institutions of higher education play in the movement towards a more environmentally sustainable nation. With outreach to more than 20,000 currently enrolled students, 60,000 alumni and 1,500 employees spread across 35 locations throughout New York state and in seven different countries, SUNY Empire State College has a remarkable opportunity to create an educational and behavioral model essential to promulgating positive change in our communities.

The Green Path

The Green Path is the committee's strategic plan. View the current draft and send comments to Director of Environmental Sustainability Sadie Ross

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In addition to the steps listed in our Green Path, the Environmental Sustainability Committee makes a commitment to:

  • encourage outreach into our communities through partnerships, philanthropic events and volunteerism
  • provide the necessary support, education and infrastructure for implementing the Green Path
  • be responsive to the needs of our learning communities and amend the Green Path in response to organized community feedback and research
  • measure success of the Green Path to determine effectiveness and impact.