Sustainability-Related Projects

Collaborative Projects

Kale Day Permaculture Living Lab
Sustainability Conference Local Food (Farm to SUNY)
Sustainability Speaker Series Climate March
Documentary Series NY Campus Crunch
Bike Share

Kale Day

October 1st is National Kale Day and SUNY Oswego celebrated by educating students throughout the day on the benefits of kale and a healthy diet. We served kale for dinner in the dining halls, handed out recipe cards for kale-based meals, quizzed students on  kale related questions, and offered "Eat More Kale" T-shirts to students who answered the questions correctly!


Sustainability Conference

The Power of Green SUNY

On September 29th and 30th, SUNY Oswego hosted the annual SUNY Sustainability Conference, where over 100 sustainability professionals from the 64 campus-wide SUNY System  met to discuss the advancements and challenges of increasing sustainability on our campuses. 

Day-one keynote speaker Michael Maniates discussed "Confronting Consumption" in the modern world while Commissioner Audrey Zibelman helped explain the NY State Public Service Commission's vision for the future of the power grid, renewable energy and sustainable power transmission systems. 

During the multi-track event, many topics were presented to students, faculty and staff that focused on how we can be sustainable in our every day lives and on college campuses.  The conference was an overwhelming success!

The conference will be held on the Stony Brook campus next year and all are welcome to attend.

Sustainability Speaker Series

Speaker-Series-Fall14Throughout the academic year, experts in sustainability and topics related to sustainability will be visiting SUNY Oswego to educate students.

The fall semester lineup included Michael Maniates, who spoke about "Social Change, Power, and Sustainable Consumption" on September 30th, encouraging students to ask questions about power, social change and the quest for sustainability.On October 16th, Reverend Mark Kiyimba spoke on "Supporting orphans of HIV victims, HIV+ youth, and homeless LGBTI youth in Uganda" and standing up for the underprivileged people of Uganda and furthering social justice through sustainable living practices.Finally, on October 28th Dr. Joanna Goplen presented on "The Psychology of Sustainable Action", exploring the people's mind and actions in relation to sustainability.

The spring semester speakers series will be announced shortly.

Documentary Series

Our Sustainability Documentary Series encourages students to learn about sustainability through the power and influence of film. The series has included a wide range of topics and messages. "Wall-E" delivers a message on the potential outcomes of our current practices, "Garbage Island", a documentary explores what our waste is doing to the environment. Through film we are able to explore the national and global range of sustainable practices that we might otherwise not see from our local perspective. The series is a great opportunity to have fun and learn informally about topics that affect all of us.

Bike Share


Our Bike Share initiative allows students to rent out bikes to get around campus and town-for free! Bikes are on a first-come first-serve basis, and have to be returned at the end of each semester. The program offers locks andbike repairs.  Using bikes to move around campus directly contributes to the reduction of our carbon footprint by reducing the miles traveled in personal, fossil-fuel power vehicles. For more information, check out our Bike Share page or contact the Sustainability Office, located on the first floor of the Hewitt Union, or email us at


Permaculture Living Lab


In an effort to make Sustainability a more tangible concept, our ¾ acre Permaculture Living Lab between the Shineman Center and Lee Hall promotes sustainability by giving students, faculty and staff an opportunity to connect with nature and experience sustainability first hand. 

Permaculture embraces all of the key focal points of sustainability, beginning with adapting to our natural world, doing so through community and personal involvement, sustaining food and social equity, and obtaining a more holistic view of the world in which we live.

The installation of the sheet mulching for the lab has already begun and planting is set to launch in the spring. The lab will have a touch, taste, feel section and a variety of different plants, herbs and even fruits for everyone to enjoy!

Local Food (Farm To SUNY)  


Sustainability has many different avenues with which it can be practiced, one of which is buying food locally and seasonally. The Office of Sustainability has a program with the American Farmland Trust called "Farm to SUNY" in which the office promotes local, seasonal foods on college campuses, as well as in the daily lives of the students, faculty and staff that live off campus.

The goal of this program has been to educate students on the impact of local food on their individual health, as well as they impact they have in their buying power.SUNY Oswego purchases just over 20% of the food for it's dining facilities from locally owned farms and farmers. This contributes approximately $1.5 million dollars into the local economy and keeps our local farms - and food - available and equitable for our community

Climate March  

On September 21st several members of the SUNY Oswego community made the trek down to New York City to participate in the annual Climate March. This march occurs to raise public awareness of the plethora of environmental issues humankind has caused for our environment, in an effort to foster change for the environment, and shows solidarity in our mutual support of these beliefs. This year, over 400,000 people attended the march from all over the world and SUNY Oswego was proud to be a part of this event.

NY Campus Crunch  

To showcase the importance of local food, SUNY Oswego and 12 other colleges participated in the record setting New York Campus Crunch on October 24th. Over 375 students, faculty & staff gathered in the Marano Campus Center to simultaneously take a bite of fresh New York apple grown, and graciously donated by our own local apple orchard, Ontario Orchards.  The event helped bring awareness to and build support for local food producers and processors and drew the attention of Senator Pattie Richie's office, who sent representative Mike Shank to share the Senator's strong support and dedication to local NYS agriculture.