Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.09
Liaison Andrew Riley
Submission Date April 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

State University of New York at Morrisville
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Tara Shimer
Workforce and Partnership Specialist
Provost Office
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:
Conservation Tri-Society
The SUNY Morrisville Conservation Tri-Society is a student organization, preservation and education of our forest, aquatic and wildlife resources. Sanctioned through the SUNY Morrisville Student Government Organization, the Tri-Society has worked to enhance our students’ conservation ethic and promote the professional development of the next generation of conservationists. Through community service and public outreach, Conservation Tri-Society works to make the Morrisville campus more sustainable. Student members are also members of one or more of: The American Fisheries Society, the Wildlife Society, or the Society of American Foresters.

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
We have a 2-acre certified organic farm that is run by our students with the guidance of the faculty. We sell produce to Seneca Dinning Hall, Copper Turret, and we run a CSA for the Morrisville community to participate in and purchase a CSA share. We have an Aquaculture center. The Aquaculture Center serves as a training center for students and professionals. The cornerstone of the center is the production of our New York heritage strain of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). The center includes a recirculation aquaculture system that raises paddlefish and provides training in aquaponics and hydroponics. And we have one faculty member currently engaged in an urban agriculture project with the City of Syracuse School District, specifically Dr. Martin Luther King School. We were looking at growing outdoor, in greenhouses, and hydroponically.
1. https://www.morrisville.edu/facility/four-seasons-organic-farm
2. https://www.morrisville.edu/facility/aquaculture-center
3. https://www.syracuse.com/schools/2021/06/kids-return-to-gardening-at-dr-kings-urban-garden-in-syracuse.html

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:
We have an annual Earth Day Event that includes a speaker and focuses on the 17 UN Sustainability Goals.
We held a Sustainability Movie Series.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
The Outdoor Recreation Club
The ORC provides a broad range of fun and adventurous outdoor recreational activities to members and non-members. Outings have included hiking, camping, climbing, whitewater rafting, archery and more. Club functions and activities are compatible with sound conservation management principles and support, and promote conservation practices to enhance the natural resources of the world.

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
Themed First Year Experience courses that included:
Farm/Lake to Table
Black Literature, Music, and Social Justice

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
Renewable Energy Technician-
The Renewable Energy programs are housed in the Agricultural and Clean Energy Technology (ACET) Center, the college's new facility. The ACET Center is located south of the Recreation Center and down the hill from the Automotive Center. This facility also holds the Diesel Technology and Agricultural Engineering programs.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

Setup of new facilities in renewable energy, including solar photovoltaics, solar hot water, small wind, micro hydroelectricity, tower climbing and rescue, biochemical, and thermal energy systems.

Use of tools and lifting over 50 pounds is a requirement of this position.

This position is for an average of 5 hours weekly and can be worked weekdays and or weekends. A minimum 2-hour commitment per shift is required.

To apply:
Interested candidates should e-mail a brief statement of interest to Shawn Ford at fordsm@morrisville.edu. No application form is required.


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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