Local High School Recognizes SUNY-ESF

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ESF Outreach’s Brandon Murphy and Rick Beal, as well as ESF faculty members Klaus Dolle and Rafaat Hussein, were honored by the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District with a Partnership for Learning award. For four years, ESF has partnered with East Syracuse-Minoa through the ESF in the High School program. This partnership also includes research at the Village of Minoa’s Cleanwater Educational Research Facility.

In this program, students apply knowledge gained from two college level courses to real world problems. Following the curriculum in the Global Environment and Alternative Energy courses, students engage in research on various topics, including compost energy efficiency and aquaculture systems. One such project analyzes the ability of different compost materials to heat a greenhouse through the winter.

This award was presented by John and Pamela Herrington, two ESF alumni who work with Outreach in the ESF in the High School program. Congratulations to Rick Beal, Brandon Murphy, and the entire ESF in the High School team!

ESF Summer Session 2014

Dear campus colleagues:

Based on feedback from students and others in the community, I know that a number of you continue to “spread the word” about ESF’s Summer Session. On behalf of all of our Summer Session instructors, please continue to let your family and friends know about the credit course opportunities available at ESF’s reasonable tuition rates.

ESF students and visiting students can take a field-based or classroom course, or “Take ESF home with them” – or wherever they are through an online course:  www.esf.edu/outreach/summer

Please share Dave Eichorn’s video ( and invite others to consider his course):


Thanks for your ongoing support. Summer Session is an outstanding service to our matriculated ESF students as well as to visiting students from other campuses.


Dr. Charles M. Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach, SUNY-ESF




Dr. Murphy on Climate Change – Op/Ed Article for Post Standard

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Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. was featured in the Post Standard Op/Ed section on Sunday 4/20/14.

Click Here to read his op/ed article on Climate Change!

SUNY-ESF & CNY Section of American Chemical Society Co-Host Presentation by Dr. Stephen Cantor

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), in collaboration with the CNY Section of the American Chemical Society and RadTech International North America, hosted renowned chemist and lecturer Dr. Stephen Cantor on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The presentation, entitled “UV Curing Technology: A Route to Solvent-Free Adhesives and Coatings”, was presented to a live audience in Syracuse, NY at SUNY-ESF’s Gateway Center, and was simulcast as a live webinar for participants nationally and internationally. The webinar was presented as part of the SUNY-ESF/RadTech International Future of UV/EB Advanced Manufacturing: Trends, Strategies, and Applications webinar series. The series, which presents timely and relevant trends, issues and applications, is a component of the Radiation Curing Program, an online three course suite and new short course to be launched in Summer 2014.

To view Dr. Cantor’s presentation, or to learn about future webinars, click here.

More information about the Radiation Curing Program is available at: http://www.esf.edu/outreach/radcuring/.

SUNY-ESF to Offer New “Short-Course” in UV/EB Curing

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is preparing to add a new short-course in ultraviolet / electron beam (UV/EB) curing to its existing Radiation Curing Program (RCP). The RCP, a three course suite of online courses, is designed for current employees in radiation curing related industries, as well as those preparing to enter the field, who wish to pursue a documented graduate-level professional development in this area. The new short-course, entitled “Principles of Energy Curing Technologies”, builds on that participant base to engage sales and customer service representatives, marketing and business managers, and regulatory agencies in the rapidly growing field in a cost-effective and convenient way.

The online course is typically completed in 10-15 total hours, although to accommodate workplace and other demands, participants will have four weeks to complete the course requirements.  Active engagement will provide participants with a broad overview of the science, materials, equipment, and processes used in Energy Curing. Taught by several industry experts, the instructional team has designed the program to teach participants how to recommend a high-level course of action when presented with a problem that may be solved by energy curing technologies and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the equipment and curing technologies commonly used in the industry.

The RCP, including the Principles of Energy Curing Technologies course, is made available, in part, by a US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant. The inaugural offering of Principles of Energy Curing Technologies will run from May 19, 2014 through June 13, 2014. A second summer offering will run from July 7, 2014 through August 1, 2014.

For more information and to register for one or more of the Radiation Curing Program courses, visit www.esf.edu/outreach/radcuring.

12th Annual New York State Green Building Conference

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Join us on March 27th – 28th, 2014 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY!

The Green Building Conference is noted for bringing together nationally- and internationally-recognized speakers and thinkers with participants who join us from near and far.  This year’s program is no exception!

Dr. Neil Murphy, Senior Fellow for Environmental and Sustainable Systems (and recent past President) at SUNY-ESF, will join keynote speaker, Tedd Benson, founder of Bensonwood for dialogue about sustainable building.  Mr. Benson is recognized as a designer and builder of energy-efficient and hybrid high-performance homes and commercial buildings across the US.  Dr. Tony Ingraffea, The Solutions Project, a collaboration of scientists, business leaders, and cultural influencers will address how to accelerate the transition to a future where we only use renewable energy sources.  Join us for 20 in-depth presentations on LEED v4, High Performance Residential, High Performance Commercial, Building Science, Material Science, Case Studies in Higher Education & Healthcare, Living Infrastructure, Resiliency & Biomimicry, Renewable Energy, 2012 Energy Code & Construction Waste Management.  And dozens of exhibitor to visit!

To register as a participant, exhibitor or sponsor (and to learn more about professional certification credits), please visit:  www.nysgreenbuilding.org.


U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez Recognizes Syracuse and Central New York Partnerships

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Photo Caption: Secretary Perez (Left) at Fulton Companies with Bram Palm, CEO (Right)

Secretary Perez announced yesterday the Ready to Work Partnership grant competition that will support and scale innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations and America’s public workforce system to build a pipeline of talented U.S. workers and help those experiencing long-term unemployment.

Secretary Perez made the grant announcement from the Pulaski, N.Y., headquarters of the Fulton Companies, a global manufacturer of industrial and commercial heating systems. Thanks in part to federal funding from the multi-agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, Fulton developed strong training partnerships with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE). Together, they are able to develop the local workforce Fulton needs to expand their Pulaski plant’s manufacturing capacity in order to better serve the North American and international markets.

Secretary Perez toured the Fulton Companies plant and learned how training provided by SUNY-ESF and MACNY through SyracuseCoE’s AM-TEC program has benefited 38 employees to date. He also toured the SyracuseCoE where he met with executives from Ephesus Lighting, ICM Controls, and NuClimate Air Quality Systems. Rob Simpson, CenterState CEO Executive Director, moderated a roundtable that included Central New York business and educational leaders and yielded valuable insights into national priorities and opportunities for regional initiatives.

Related links and video of the Secretary’s visit highlight Syracuse CoE’s AM-TEC leadership, and the SUNY-ESF, MACNY, CenterState CEO and related AM-TEC partners:

Learn more about SUNY ESF’s current US DOL grant programs at:

SUNY-ESF, along with RadTech International North America, MACNY, and other collaborators has launched a new program in radiation or energy curing.

RCP prepares practicing professionals along with upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in the science and technology of energy curing such as ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing.

UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials may be cured as an alternative to traditional energy-intensive methods that create harmful emissions. In short, these processes entail ultraviolet energy from a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB to instantly cure/crosslink specially formulated chemistries, using less energy and at lower cost than conventional/incumbent methods.  To learn more and to register

Thermal and Environmental Controls (TEC) is a specialty sector within the advanced manufacturing industries experiencing a significant skill and knowledge gap among domestic workers that will widen if left unchecked. An integrated training program led by SUNY-ESF and MACNY provides participants with the training that prepares participants for potential employment, and adds value and advancement potential to incumbent workers in the advanced manufacturing of TEC.

  • Foundational Competencies Training / Two days.  No cost to attend; open to the public.
  • Certified Production Technician  / Self paced online instruction with facilitated orientation.  Open to the public.
  • TEC Topics /Regularly scheduled  tours featuring local TEC firms’ products and processes,  seminars and discussions  on TEC topics of interest.  No cost to attend; open to the public.