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Environment and Sustainability

Oswego combines our rich institutional commitment to the environment with a thriving student enthusiasm toward sustainable endeavors to achieve our ultimate goal of becoming climate-neutral.

Our Climate Action Plan aims for the campus to be climate-neutral by 2050. To do that, we’ve established an Office of Sustainability. We have committed to and signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to demonstrate both regional and national sustainability leadership by modeling our campus as an example of ways society can reduce their carbon footprint. We also have a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and annually utilize the Clean-Air Cool-Planet’s Carbon Calculator to estimate greenhouse gas emissions.

Office of Sustainability

Members of the Oswego community are committed to developing environmentally conscious facilities and policies and are active in sustainability initiatives. The Office of Sustainability is dedicated to maintaining the campus-wide focus on our continuing efforts to develop students with the intellectual capability, skills and technology to become environmental stewards of the future and have started a variety of sustainable projects for the college.

sustainability office 

LEED Certification Buildings

Recent college construction, including the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation; Rice Creek Field Station; and the residential complex of buildings known as the Village, all have achieved LEED Gold certification.

LEED Certification

Rice Creek Field Station

SUNY Oswego’s biological field station, located about a mile south of the main campus on Thompson Road encourages student proposals and is dedicated to the support of academic instruction, research, and public service in all aspects of natural history. 

rice creek