Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.09
Liaison Bill Mitchell
Submission Date April 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

State University of New York at Morrisville
PRE-3: Institutional Boundary

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Bill Mitchell
Energy & Sustainability Manager
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Institution type:

Institutional control:

A brief description of the institution’s main campus and other aspects of the institutional boundary used to complete this report:

The total land area available to SUNY Morrisville for sustainable resource management and research is 1,797 acres. Undeveloped woodlands and residual, or fallow farms account for over 42 percent of this SUNY Morrisville Conservation Land area; much of this now protected wildland is forest wetland that can either be included in, or may be directly adjacent to New York State or Federally protected wetlands; unique conservation areas, especially for the protection of water quality.  

Three primary landowner groups are listed, as part of the total 1,797 acres: The State University of New York (SUNY) at Morrisville along with New York State (NYS) lands designated as managed by SUNY Morrisville, tallies to 14 parcels at 704.5 acres. The Morrisville College Foundation Inc. (MCF) owns 12 parcels at a total of 563.6 acres, and the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation (MAC)(501(c)(3)), owns 23 parcels at 529.0 acres. The above three entities work together to form the total ownership and management of land used by SUNY Morrisville as a whole; this is the SUNY Morrisville – "Living-Laboratory". 

The SUNY Morrisville Main Campus area, simply defined by managed landscaping, and mowing of grassy areas is 153.2 acres, with an additional ~ 6 or 7 acres of mowed lawn areas along roadways leading to the Dairy Complex adjacent-to-campus, as well as other access roads or pathways leading through land parcels directly adjacent to the Main Campus, thus totaling about 160 acres of land area managed by SUNY Morrisville Facilities – Grounds Maintenance. Kudos to this capable crew. 

While SUNY Morrisville has several off-campus facilities, such as: two Equine facilities, the Copper Turret culinary-education restaurant, and Nelson Farms – a New York State made, shelf-item grocery. SUNY Morrisville also has some ~ 633 acres of land, directly accessible from the town of Morrisville. Land area that is adjacent to, or within walking distance of the 153.2 acre Main Campus. These land areas are often utilized as part of the SUNY Morrisville "Living Laboratory"; so students in the Dairy, Agriculture, Horticulture, Aquaculture, Forestry, Renewable Energy, and Conservation Science programs often don't have to go too far to their on-site 'classrooms'.  

Which of the following features are present on campus and which are included within the institutional boundary?:
Present? Included?
Agricultural school Yes Yes
Medical school No No
Other professional school with labs or clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) Yes Yes
Museum Yes Yes
Satellite campus Yes Yes
Farm larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres Yes Yes
Agricultural experiment station larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres Yes Yes
Hospital No No

The rationale for excluding any features that are present from the institutional boundary:

No exclusions for the FY-2022-2023: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 Performance Year, AASHE submission. 

Additional documentation to support the submission :

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

SUNY Morrisville Ownership and Managed Lands Audit has been concluded to review, SUNY Morrisville's GIS - Geographic Information System parcel & polygon database, against the Madison County 2023 Tax Roll Database by using the Madision County, New York State (NYS) online tax map and GIS data system which can be found at: https://property.madisoncounty.ny.gov/ImateWeb/index.aspx 
In addition, one 25.20 acre Morrisville College Foundation (MCF) owned property is located in Oneida, County, the data of which was clarified via the Oneida County tax roll database and and the GIS online tax map viewer, which can be found at:  https://hoccpp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=18e988c601f54b62a60f36f39fce5a92

This 2023 Tax Roll Audit intended to provide SUNY Morrisville with a better accounting of which SUNY Morrisville entities own what parcels, and how these parcels are further split into GIS polygons, in cases where either utility easements (power-lines, gas-lines) or roadways, create sub-set data shown as distinct GIS polygon areas within the SUNY Morrisville GIS database. The audit has also clarified several other pieces of County Tax Roll Data, such as: Tax Roll Acres, Property Class Code (general land use), and Tax Roll Defined – Land Use Category. 

The results of the audit are summarized in the first text box, while also defining SUNY Morrisville's "institututional boundary" above. 

In addition, SUNY Morrisville intended to better understand the total number of acres that the NYS/Madison (Oneida) County tax system tallies for the institution, in each of the following Land-Use Categories: Woodland (509.18 acres), Pasture (192.25 acres), and Tillable (305.58 acres), as well as Primary (498.27), Residual (233.02 acres), Wasteland (42.84), and Undeveloped (16.02 acres), thus totaling (1,797.16 acres). 

The results of this SUNY Morrisville Lands and Ownership Audit, are considered the BASELINE for further study of SUNY Morrisville land areas, with positive intentions that SUNY Morrisville will continue to actively engage in educational and hands-on stewardship of these lands. More specifically beyond this audit, SUNY Morrisville will look to UPDATE the detailed tally of land-use by classification types, as they ACTUALLY EXIST in the FY-2024-2025: July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025 Performance Year (as compared to the BASELINE Madison County Tax Roll data). Then, continue in the future "AS THEY CHANGE" among follow-up AASHE Performance Years. These results will be shared back with AASHE as well as pertinent data governance staff, with a specific focus on any degredation or negative changes among land-use classification types, especially within conservation areas. 

The data and information in this AASHE framework section was gathered by the Energy and Sustainability Manager at SUNY Morrisville. 

Performance Year FY-2022-2023: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. 


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