Monthly Archives: January 2015

Where will ESF Summer Semester take you?

Craving some adventure in 2015? ESF Summer Semester might be able to help!

This year’s field experiences could take you to

  • Lucky Star Ranch in Chaumont, NY. Take Wildlife Field Techniques (EFB 496) and learn about wildlife monitoring and management techniques while staying on the ranch.  Best part: There are no additional fees for transportation, board, or meals!
  • Washington D.C. Take Natural History Museums and Modern Science (EFB 404) to explore the role of natural history museums as places of research and public education for one week in Washington D.C.
  • Heiberg Forest. Take Forest Health Monitoring (EFB 439) to get hands-on experience managing healthy forests in ESF’s own Heiberg Forest.
  • New York City. Take 7 days in NYC: Exploring Contemporary Urban Landscapes (LSA 496/696) to dive into landscape architectures issues in one of America’s most exciting cities.
  • Hudson River. Take The Hudson River Watershed: Source to Sink in Eight Days (EFB 500) to see the history and ecology of this fascinating watershed come to life.
  • New York City. Take Urban Agriculture and Food Cultures (LSA 496/696) for a taste of food from around the world from right here in Syracuse.  The field trip to New York City will give you a taste of the Big Apple’s urban agriculture scene.
  • Acadia National Park. Take National Park Service Field School at Acadia National Park (LSA 496/696) to study park management and cultural landscape preservation while working in the historic Acadia National Park.  Best part: Transportation, housing, and a stipend are included.
  • Finger Lakes National Forest near Watkins Glen, NY. Take Wetland Restoration Practicum (EFB 496/696) to get your hands dirty restoring a real wetland site alongside experts in the Finger Lakes National Forest.
  • Anywhere! ESF Summer Semester is offering 19 online courses.  Take ESF wherever you go (as long as you have an internet connection)!

Make plans now to get ahead or catch up with one or more of our 30+ ESF Summer Semester on-campus, online, and field-based courses. View the complete course schedule online. Registration opens February 2nd.

New Year – New Opportunites

Dear Friends, Collaborators, and Participants –

The New Year is a time for reflection and planning, and an opportunity to personally thank each of you who honor us with your ongoing active partnership and support.

This past year, ESF’s outreach included educational programs and technical services that engaged the College with a broad array of constituents. ESF faculty, staff and students, along with our partners, continued to pursue a diverse range of programs and projects that include on- and off-campus, online, credit and non-credit, and formal and informal learning opportunities for professionals, elementary through high school students, ESF students, and lifelong learners. ESF’s outreach supports environmental, educational, social and economic development in ways that advance both the public good and the College’s mission.

ESF in the High School, a concurrent enrollment program, for example, entails formal partnerships between ESF and high schools in Rochester, New York City and throughout Central /Upstate New York. Last year this program enabled well over 600 students to experience college-level work and to explore STEM and related academic and career opportunities. ESF in the High School also provides high-caliber STEM professional development opportunities for participating teachers.

ESF’s several professional education conferences and workshops continue to engage participants from communities of practice and scholarship in geographical communities near and far. One ongoing four-day workshop hosted by the Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering academic program recently engaged participants from Canada and eleven states, including Texas!

Three professional educational programs last year benefited the Central New York Community by generating a combined economic impact of nearly $300,000.

One initiative, the Radiation Curing Program (RCP) represents a truly 21st Century business/academic/public sector collaboration and a fully distributed online instructional approach that serves professionals and students throughout the U.S. and around the world.

As we look ahead to this New Year, please explore with us an ever more exciting calendar of programs to be held here in Central New York, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and in our virtual world. And please join us in recognizing and celebrating all of our partnerships, including those with the NYS DEC, with Rick Fedrizzi and the U.S. Green Building Council, the SUNY Research Foundation, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (to mention just a few).

I believe that, together with our ESF faculty, staff, students and alumni, we all have an opportunity to truly fulfill ESF’s outreach and service mission and, in turn, to make positive educational, professional, and economic differences in our communities and in our world.
Please contact us with your thoughts and questions – we look forward to working with you.

I wish you a productive and enjoyable New Year.

Dr. Chuck Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach

ESF Summer Semester Destinations

ESF Summer Semester Destinations

Make plans now to get ahead or catch up with one or more of our 30+ ESF Summer Semester on-campus, online, and field-based courses offered at affordable SUNY-ESF tuition rates. View the complete course schedule online. Registration opens February 2nd.

13th Annual New York State Green Building Conference

March 12-13, 2015
Liverpool NY

Join us in March for exciting keynote/plenary presentations, a great exhibitor gallery, and technical sessions on topics including: Green Materials, High Performance Buildings, Resiliency, Biomimicry, Urban Design, Planning, Community Development, Renewable Energy and more!  We are happy to be partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the 2015 conference, which will feature a Plenary session hosted by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of both the USGBC and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  Find out more and register today at

See you there!