Sustainability Projects

SeedShare is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Penfield Library that gives you the opportunity to grow your own plants and learn to save seeds.  

There is no obligation to save and return seeds, although our hope is that you will grow as a gardener and seed saver and consider sharing your seeds with SeedShare. Visit this website to request seeds now!

Save the Trees

Save The Trees is our slogan that champions the new Print Initiative at SUNY Oswego. This initiative is focusing on the shift from the use of paper to various digital formats. Follow us on our social media to stay updated on this evolving initiative.


To accompany our Tap In program, we extended our partnership with Cupanion to challenge SUNY Oswego students to reduce waste by utilizing reusable cups when drinking coffee. Over five weeks, more than 400 reusable cups were distributed, and more than 1800 cups were diverted from the SUNY Oswego waste stream.

For more information on Perk Up, please email the Office of Sustainability.


Tap In is our initiative to encourage students to utilize our on campus fill up stations with reusable water bottles and ditch single use water bottles! Our tap water in Oswego County is some of the cleanest tap water in the state. Drink local!

To see a map of the various filling stations on campus click here!

For more information on Tap In, email the Office of Sustainability.

Bicycles are lent to students through our BikeShare program to encourage sustainable transportation on campus. Riding bicycles directly contributes to the reduction of our carbon footprint by reducing miles traveled in personal, fossil-fuel-powered vehicles.

For more information on BikeShare or biking at SUNY Oswego, please email

The Bus Share web application makes bus travel in Oswego a whole lot easier. Bus Share finds you the quickest bus routes in the city of Oswego. All you need to do is input where you want to go and where you are leaving from.

Click here to see the app in action.

Try it out now

For more information on Bus Share or bus transportation in the city of Oswego, please email the Office of Sustainability.

Local Food Initiatives

One of the duties in our department is to uphold the importance of local food. Some ways our campus does this is through Auxiliary Services food donations to the local Salvation Army and their sustainably conscious produce purchases. Our office also partners with and supports local food businesses like Green Planet Grocery and Ontario Orchards for some of our exciting programming and tabling events.

Maple Tapping Project

Our Maple Tapping Project is one of our newer projects here on campus! Our office has partnered with Auxiliary Services on this project which includes tapping sugar maples on campus, collecting sap, and then an onsite boil of that sap. We then finish the project off by serving fresh maple syrup in the dining hall to our resident students.


TerraCycle is a private U.S. recycling business headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. It runs a volunteer-based curbside collection program to collect non-recyclable pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, and then partners with corporate donors to turn it into raw material to be used in new products. We are using Terracycle on campus to collect used dry erase markers, and turn them into something new!PDF icon terracycle.pdf

Sustainability Bibliography

Here you can find an assortment of resources provided by Kate Spector and Lisa Glidden. Resources include websites, organizations, documentaries, journals, and books pertaining to sustainable living.