Sustainability Projects


We partned with Ecosia to educate students and faculty about reducing our paper waste by highlighting eco-practices. Our four week paper reduction study is helping us track how many pages our participants save which will be presented during Earth Week.

For more information, visit the Save The Trees webpage. Ecosia aims to plant one billion trees by the year 2020 and so far has planted over 25,000,000. To learn more about Ecosia and their mission visit their webpage


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.


We partnered with the company Cupanion to challenge SUNY Oswego students to reduce waste by utilizing reusable rather than disposable water bottles. Over 1300 students took our pledge and, over eight weeks, we were able to prevent 26,000 plastic bottles from entering the waste stream.

The program has won multiple awards, including the Case Study division of Recyclemania and the Emerging Designers award through AIGA Upstate.

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 Office of Sustainability, or

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.

Clean Plate Club

We partnered with Auxiliary Services and Pathfinder dining hall to educate students about the amount of food waste that is created by campus dining halls.

An independent food-waste audit showed that Oswego students unknowingly waste up to a full pound of food per day. Given our student body size, this amounts to 120,000 pounds of food per semester or 240,000 pounds of food per academic year!

We shared ideas on how to reduce food waste through interactive games, tactile engagement and prizes in Pathfinder dining hall.

For more information on Clean Plate Club, please email the Office of Sustainability.

Local Food Initiatives

To showcase the importance of local food, SUNY Oswego and 12 other colleges participated in the record-setting New York Campus Crunch on Oct. 24, 2014. Over 375 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Marano Campus Center to simultaneously take a bite of fresh New York apples 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 New York state agriculture.


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

Grand Challenges

Even though there is an abundance of water on the planet, there is still a lack of fresh water which is responsible for more deaths in the world than war. Many SUNY Oswego courses and departments are coming together to research and give presentations on fresh water topics throughout the fall 2018 to spring 2020 semesters.

From an English professor teaching a course on the importance of fresh water in African American culture in literature and news stories to cultural organizations, ALANA working to provide water filters for families in Puerto Rico, there is a lot of variety to how this project is being tackled. Don’t forget that the Office of Sustainability has partnered with Cupanion with our Perk Up and Tap In programs as part of the Grand Challenges Project.

For more information visit the Grand Challenges Project webpage.

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.

Whirled Pees  

Whirled Pees is the sustainability department's take on "Toilet Talk", printed on repurposed student cover sheets. Literature found in bathroom stalls is statistically proven to be the most read information on a college campus, so why not use this opportunity to do some good for our beloved earth? Check out our newest version of Whirled Pees!