March 3, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Named Recycler of the Year - Education Sector by County Agency

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(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – March 2, 2011) – State University of New York Empire State College’s Central New York Center has been named Recycler of the Year – Education Sector by the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency. The center was named a Blue Ribbon Recycler by OCRRA in 2009 and later honored by the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce for the achievement.

left to right: Tom Nettle,recycling specialist, OCCRA,
Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, CNY Center,
Nikki Shrimpton, dean, CNY Center,
Andrew Radin, director of recycling and waste reduction

left to right: Tom Nettle,recycling specialist, OCCRA, Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, CNY Center, Nikki Shrimpton, dean, CNY Center, Andrew Radin, director of recycling and waste reduction

“This is an honor and helps recognize the college’s commitment to climate neutrality,” said Nikki Shrimpton, Central New York Center dean. “It also supports our center’s focus on sustainability issues and our plan to honor former State Assemblyman Al Stirpe with the college’s first-ever Excellence in Environmental Sustainability award at our fourth annual open house in the fall,” Shrimpton added.

The college’s Central New York Center has received some local press and attention for its efforts. A January 4 publication of The Post-Standard listed SUNY Empire State College as a Blue Ribbon Recycler and Shrimpton is featured on OCRRA’s website noting the success of the college’s recycling efforts.

Empire State College Director of Sustainability Sadie Ross noted, “I think it is wonderful that the Central New York Center is being recognized for their efforts. They worked hard to get a recycling program started at their building which benefited every tenant as well as themselves. The Central New York Center has drastically cut their use of paper and plastic during meetings and luncheons. They are an excellent example of how working together as a team can make a difference in our workplace and our environment.”

The college and the winners in the other sectors were honored by on March 2 at The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Shrimpton made a few brief remarks to the crowd about the college and its recycling efforts.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please go to suny-empire.esc.edu/40th-anniversary/.