Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Justin Heavey
Sustainability Associate
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Sustainability Management (B.S.)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Management (SM) is a fully online Bachelor of Science completion program (in effect, the third and fourth program years) that integrates discipline- and career-focused knowledge, skills, and perspectives based on the three pillars of sustainability: economics, society, and the environment. Emphasis is placed upon understanding how key environmental dimensions of sustainability are interdependent with socially and economically viable policies and practices. This program builds upon a broad and flexible foundation at the lower division with specialized sustainability college coursework at the upper division. Students synthesize knowledge and skills and strengthen workforce-readiness through a capstone project. The program's upper division sustainability coursework prepares graduates for a wide and expanding range of career positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Sustainable Energy Management (B.S.)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

The Sustainable Energy Management (SEM) program introduces students to a wide range of energy markets and resources with flexibility for student-centered learning in understanding and managing energy systems. SEM combines professional competency in management skills with a strong foundation in the social and biophysical sciences. The study of sustainable energy use and the development of sustainable sources of energy have become critical national and global issues. It is essential that society and energy professionals gain an understanding of production and conversion of different forms of energy, their current and future supplies, the markets and policy mechanisms that regulate their supply, and the associated impacts on the environment for each fuel. SEM exposes students to a variety of disciplines and issues related to energy supply and use. Experiential field learning is combined with concepts and skills from the classroom and laboratory. SEM develops professional skills through a broad base of classes in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, communication, quantitative and qualitative problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Studies (B.S.)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies program has a broad interdisciplinary approach and has been carefully designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental affairs. In the pursuit of these objectives, the program brings together scientific, philosophical, theoretical, and practical perspectives on a range of environmental concerns.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Renewable Energy Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

It is essential that society members and energy professionals gain an understanding of production and conversion of different forms of energy, their current and future supplies, the markets and policy mechanisms that regulate their supply, and the associated impacts on the environment for each fuel. In the past, both traditional and renewable energy sources have been studied one resource at a time and usually from the perspective of a single discipline. This minor provides students an opportunity to examine different sources of traditional and renewable energy simultaneously in the context of total energy use, focusing on a systems perspective. Students are exposed to views from a variety of disciplines as they wrestle with a wide array of issues related to current and future energy supply and use. The understanding and development of renewable energy requires expertise from a wide range of disciplines. This minor is interdisciplinary in nature with instructors from different disciplines teaching the core courses.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Sustainable Construction Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):

The sustainable construction minor is available to all ESF undergraduates (except students in construction management majors) and prepares students for careers related to sustainable construction. The basic objective of the minor is to provide a fundamental understanding of the sustainable concepts and methods used to take a design into the field and build a quality sustainable structure in the most efficient and effective manner with minimal environmental impact.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Water Resources Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):

Water resources is a multi-disciplinary field that integrates the physical, geochemical, and biological processes of the water cycle and their application to management of water resources, water policy, and human dimensions of water quality and quantity. The interdisciplinary minor in water resources is designed as a flexible program for undergraduate students to study and integrate principles of physical hydrology, geochemistry, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, natural resources management, and environmental policy. This interdisciplinary minor can include ESF courses in the Departments of Forest and Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering, Environmental Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies, as well as courses at Syracuse University in relevant departments including Earth Sciences, Geography, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology.


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