News and Events

Visiting Speaker Peter Rand:

"How Sustainable is that Salmon on Your Dinner Plate?"

Thursday, November 21st @ 12:45 pm • 114 Campus Center

There has been A LOT of media attention on salmon these days -- differnces between wild, hatchery and farm-raised salmon, salmon as a "super health food", native and introduced salmon, and genetrically-modified salmon. At the Wild Salmon Center, we are trying to educate consumers, seafood buyers and processors, and different NGOs about wild salmon. We focus much of our work on the native range of Pacific salmon (from California, around the Pacific Rim to Japan and Korea) One of the most important recent developments in "sustainable seafood" is third-party certification, particularly assessments carried out through the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (you may have seen their blue check logo on canned or frozen salmon in your local supermarket). Come Learn about what this process is all about, and how it might be changing the face fo the salmon conservatioin and management.

Meet the Speaker: Peter Rand

4-6 pm • 467 Mahar

Meet Peter Rand of Wild Salmon Center who will meet with students to talk about working for an international non-profit, and answer other questions. Please drop by!

Visiting Speaker Eban Goodstein 10/9/13

Eban Goodstein is an economist focused on the relationship between economics and the environment. He is the author of The Trade-Off Myth: Fact And Fiction About Jobs And The Environment (Island Press), and his pathbreaking research has been covered by Scientific American, The New York Times, The Economist, The American Prospect, National Public Radio, and many others. A Professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College, he authored the textbook Economics and the Environment (John Wiley & Sons), now in its fourth edition. His work has been published in many academic journals, including Ecological Economics, Land Economics, Environmental Management, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and The Journal of Developing Areas. He also serves as Executive Director of the Green House Network, a non-profit organization doing public education on global warming. It sponsors "The Race to Stop Global Warming," a run/walk now in cities nationwide, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco. He has given more than 100 presentations on global warming around the country.

Visting Author Timothy Egan

Through the Oswego Reading Initiative, the Sustainability Speaker Series is thrilled to welcome Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time. The novel tells, with emotion, empathy and, at the same time, perspective, of the Great American Dustbowl. The pages are filled with history, and history as a warning not to be repeated. Egan reminds our modern-day reader how much impact we can have on our environment; and how careful we must be with that power.

Come listen to Egan speak Wednesday September 25th from 7pm-8:30pm in the Hewitt Union Ballroom, and remember - what we save, saves us.

Contact Jamie Adams, Sustainability Program Coordinator at or Lisa Glidden, Sustainability Minor Coordinator at with any questions

Leave Green 2013

Don't Discard It... Donate It!

Leave Green is a redistribution program that collects usable food, clothing and household items from students as they prepare to leave for the summer and donates those items to local human service agencies or charitable organizations for reuse or resale.  A goal of the program is to advance SUNY Oswego's commitment to carbon neutrality by diverting usable items from the waste stream.

2012 Statistics

Leave Green collected 4.85 tons of food, clothing and household items.  On-campus students donated the majority (93%) of these items.  One half ton (990 lbs.) of food was donated to local food pantries.  The remaining 4.35 tons of clothing and household items were sorted and sold at the annual Newman Center Garage Sale.

Background Information

For more than 20 years, the Newman Center (hyperlink) was the site for the annual sale. In 2012 the sale took place in the Campus Center's Swetman Gymnasium.  The Newman Center's coordinating committee, People Against Poverty reported that this year's sale was the most successful in recent history; far exceeding expectations.  Items that did not sell at the garage sale were donated to the Rescue Mission.

Dozens of campus and community volunteers helped to plan and promote Leave Green and the Garage Sale.  Volunteers picked up, weighed and sorted items for the sale.  They also helped to setup, conduct and cleanup.

All food, clothing and household items collected via Leave Green were successfully diverted from the waste stream. The effort helped the Newman Center raise money to fight poverty in the local community.  Donated usable items were sent to Central New York to assist those who are in need of such items.

 How does it work?

This event takes place at the end of every college year and will be advertisement to let you know the exact date and time.  Accordingly, on-campus students are encouraged to donate food, clothing and household items in their residence halls during this time.  Collection boxes will be available in each residence hall lobby and in The Commons building in the Village.  Donated items will be picked up daily.

Off-campus students are encouraged to drop off donated food, clothing and household items at the Swetman Gymnasium during event times.  
A drive-through drop off area will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the Swetman Gymnasium.  Volunteers will be on hand to help unload donated items from vehicles.

What items will be accepted for donation?

While we are able to accept many items, unfortunately, we are unable to accept textbooks, upholstered furniture, futons, mattresses, beds, large pieces of furniture, refrigerators or TVs.  Please donate the types of items listed below:

•    food (non-perishable, unopened and unexpired)
•    all types of clothing & footwear (clean, dry and undamaged)
•    backpacks & purses
•    books, movies, music & games (hardcover and softcover books, audio books, DVDs and CDs, board games)
•    linens (sheets, blankets, towels, etc.)
•    decorative items (area rugs, curtains, mirrors, lamps, stuffed animals, etc.)
•    kitchen items (dishes, cups, pots, pans, flatware, silverware etc.)
•    countertop appliances (microwave ovens, toasters, toaster ovens, coffee makers, blenders, food processors, etc.)
•    small electronics (cell phones, cameras, DVD players, video game consoles, video games, radios, MP3 players, headphones, etc.)
•    small un-upholstered furniture(coffee tables, end tables, night stands, book cases/shelves, small dressers, kitchenette tables and chairs, etc.)
•    desk, office & school supplies
•    unopened household cleaning supplies (glass cleaner, dish detergent, sponges, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc.)
•    unopened toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)
•    sports equipment

 Please Note:  Food items must be non-perishable, unopened and unexpired.  Clothing must be clean and undamaged.  Other donated items must be clean, functional, and in good condition.

What agencies might receive donations?

•    Hall Newman Center

•    Rural Migrant Ministry

•    Salvation Army

•    Scriba Baptist Church

•    Catholic Charities

•    Human Concerns Center

•    Friendship Shop (Sandy Creek)

•    Humane Society

•    Rescue Mission


Volunteers are needed!  How can I volunteer?

To be a Leave Green volunteer contact the Center for Service Learning and Community Service at 315.312.2505 or

Leave Green is jointly sponsored by the Newman Center's People Against Poverty committee, Campus Life, Residence Life and Housing, and the Campus-City Relations Committee.

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