ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Syracuse University

Submitted on November 15, 2007; last updated on July 12, 2012

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
Control Private not-for-profit
Location Syracuse, NY
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 6
Current President or Chancellor's Name Nancy Cantor
Current President or Chancellor's Title Chancellor & President
Main Web Site http://www.syr.edu/
Sustainability Web Site http://sustainablecampus.syr.edu/

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Timothy Sweet
Implementation Liaison's Title Dean
Implementation Liaison's Department Director of Energy Management & Sustainability
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 6
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description A committee (PCC) was charged by the Chancellor to oversee all sustainable efforts. The activities of the University’s Sustainability Action Coalition (USAC), a student run organization and the Campus Sustainability committee representing administrative support are coordinated through the PCC. The PCC has six members, four faculty and two from administration. This committee has reciprocal representation with the PCC from SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry. A newly formed division of Sustainability is completing the carbon audit.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

No: No information provided.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

No: No information provided.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: Syracuse University has contracted to provide no-fare bus service to all faculty, staff, students and visitors. The free service extends across campus and throughout surrounding residential and commercial areas. Over 95% of service is provided using hybrid or natural-gas-fueled buses. In order to encourage increased ridership, the University has instituted a "guaranteed ride home" program.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Yes: Syracuse University has purchased 20% of its electricity from renewable sources since July 2005. The current renewable generation mix consists of wind power and low-impact hydro.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

No: No information provided.