Willow Biomass Energy and Alternative Applications Short Course

Shrub willow biomass crop.

Learn about the exciting frontiers of willow crop production, harvest, utilization for heat and power, alternative applications, and environmental benefits during the Willow Biomass Energy and  Alternative Applications Short Course. Land-owners, natural resource managers, renewable energy professionals, academics, and anyone interested in willow biomass can register online today!

The short-course begins on Tuesday, November 18th with presentations on production, harvest, and profit of shrub willow crops.  Following lunch, participants will learn about energy and environmental applications for shrub willow in the afternoon.  On Wednesday, November 19th, participants will venture into the field to experience a commercial willow harvest demonstration at Celtic Energy Farms.

Make sure to check out the schedule online and register today!

Radiation Curing Program Recognized

The RadTech/SUNY-ESF Radiation Curing Program has been chosen by the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) as the winner for this year’s James C. Hall Exemplary Credit Program Award.  The Radiation Curing Program was chosen among strong competition from across the State of New York.  CEANY cited our program’s close ties to real world businesses and it’s ease of accessibility to for both local and international students as distinguishing features of our program.  The Radiation Curing Program is designed to help both students and industry professionals capitalize on the exciting growth of radiation curing in the sustainable materials manufacturing field.  Thank you to all of the dedicated partners and staff that make the Radiation Curing Program exemplary!

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SPARE: Solar Power As Renewable Energy

October 27 – 30, 2014, Syracuse

Solar PanelAs the demand for sustainable energy grows, photovoltaic panels are becoming a popular way to go green and save money.  Consumers making the jump to solar energy look to expert installers to site, design, and maintain these complex systems.

Through the 4-day SPARE Basic Photovoltaic Installer Course, participants can learn the essentials of photovoltaic technology for household use.  The course includes sizing and design for grid- and off-grid systems, various electrical load levels, different mounting configurations, and for the problems associated with shade and orientation. Safety practices for installers and the study of the electrical code for photovoltaic systems will be covered in some detail. Participants will learn about various mounting systems for photovoltaic arrays and how they affect roofs. As part of the class, participants get hands-on experience by building a working photovoltaic system.

This course is recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and along with passing score on the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, counts as 18 hours applicable towards certification.

Register online at: www.esf.edu/outreach/spare/registration.htm

SURE 2014: Sustainable Practices in Central New York

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October 2 & 3, 2014, Syracuse, New York

My colleagues and I began SURE in 2005 as the Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy (SURE) project, one in a suite of programs that grew from ESF’s first U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant.

In its tenth year, SURE continues to advance professional development and collaboration among and between the private, public, and non-profit sectors around renewable energy, sustainability, and related environmental challenges and opportunities.Our ability to continue to serve students, practitioners and scholars throughout Central New York, New York State, and beyond relies on the long-term commitment of ESF faculty and staff, and many dedicated collaborators.

More recently, SURE has benefited from a collaboration with the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), a partnership of SUNY-ESF, Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. This fall’s program especially reflects the leadership of Dr. Cliff Davidson, Thomas and Colleen Wilmot Professor of Engineering at Syracuse University, and Dr. Todd W. Moss, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and Faculty Director of the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Join us this week or in the future as we evolve this program in service of our shared commitment to a sustainable future.

My appreciation goes to, among others on and off campus, my ESF colleagues Katherina Searing, Terry Webb, Tom Amidon, Tim Volk, Mike Kelleher, Neal Abrams, Rick Smardon, and Paul Crovella. Thank you.

Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach, SUNY-ESF

Dr. Robin Wright inducted into 3M’s Carlton Society

SUNY-ESF congratulates our friend and colleague Dr. Robin Wright, 3M Corporate Scientist, on his induction into the Carlton Society.  This honor was announced at the 51st annual 3M awards ceremony this year.

The Carlton Society is 3M’s technical “Hall of Fame” consisting of top 3M scientists who contribute to the company’s culture of innovation.  Members of this society are nominated by their technical peers and are considered world-class leaders in their field.  Check out this video from 3M about this distinguished society.

With his tremendous expertise in UV-curable coatings, we agree that Dr. Wright is a great addition to the Carlton Society.  Dr. Wright has used that expertise to advise and actively encourage the SUNY-ESF/RadTech Radiation Curing Program in serving and advancing the radiation curing field.  We thank Robin for his leadership and join the 3M and RadTech communities in congratulating him on this most deserved achievement.

Dr. Robin Wright (left) guards the SUNY-ESF/RadTech Radiation Curing Program’s Jim Boheim autographed basketball from his colleagues at the UV/EB East 2013 conference.

SURE: Sustainable Practices in Central New York

Join expert faculty, researchers, & practitioners from Syracuse and beyond as we explore Sustainability Practices employed in Central NY. Presentations at SURE 2014 will highlight new environmental services and job opportunities that are being developed in the Central New York area.

Visiting the Harbor Brook Combined Sewer Overflow Treatment Wetland Pilot Plant is just one of the exciting opportunities during SURE 2014.

On Thursday October 2nd, Dr. Brad Allenby, Sustainable Enterprise Partnership Fetner Sustainability Fellow and Professor at Arizona State University, will kick-off the conference with remarks on “Industry, Urban Management and Sustainability.”

On Friday, October 3rd, discussion panels will cover topics including “Sustainability Initiatives at Higher Educational Institutions,” “Carbon Footprinting & Climate Action Planning,” and “Green Infrastructure Projects & Evaluations.”

Following these panels, attendees will tour the ESF Gateway Center Green Roof, the Harbor Brook CSO Treatment Wetland Pilot Plant, and the Onondaga Lake Clean-Up & Visitors Center. Explore the full conference schedule online!

Consider attending this conference if you are interested in learning about science, policy, technologies and the growth of sustainability practices in New York State and beyond.  Register online today to save your spot! We hope to see you on October 2nd & 3rd!


A New Era at SUNY-ESF Starts Now!

The Onondaga Lake Bioblitz is just one of many events celebrating Dr. Wheeler's inauguration as ESF's new President.

The Onondaga Lake Bioblitz is just one of many events celebrating Dr. Wheeler’s inauguration as ESF’s new President.

Make plans to join the ESF community in celebrating the inauguration of our new campus president, Dr. Quentin Wheeler.  Inauguration events include the Kick-Off Picnic, Academic Symposium, Presidential Roast, Inauguration Ceremony, and even the Onondaga Lake Bioblitz.

Discover many exciting species during the Bioblitz, a 24-hour exploration of life living in and around Onondaga Lake highlighting the importance of biodiversity and conservation. Scientists will work alongside citizens all day and night to inventory as many species as possible in the 24-hour window.  Register today and stop by the Honeywell Visitor Center on Friday or Saturday to experience this whirlwind event! 

Visit the Inauguration webpage to register today!