Alfred State has signed the “Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions,” joining almost 200 other college and universities worldwide. It is one of many voluntary commitments to support sustainability initiatives made as part of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which began meeting on June 20.
“Signing this document demonstrates our strong and continued commitment to sustainability, which we hope will be matched by the participants in the Rio+20 meetings,” said John M. Anderson, president of Alfred State.
By pledging to instruct and encourage research on sustainable concepts, adopt sustainable practices on campus, support such efforts in the community, and engage with international networks to share results, the college reaffirms its existing commitment to technologies and concepts that support a sustainable future. Alfred State already hosts a number of related efforts and objectives, including:
Alfred State is pleased to announce the addition of a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree to program offerings at the college. This addition to the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology will be accepting new students beginning in fall 2013.
The Bachelor of Architecture degree joins two other architecture programs: Bachelor of Science in architectural technology.
By pursuing Alfred State’s program, students will receive a comprehensive architectural education, providing them with in-depth knowledge of construction, materials, light, and the overall design of architecture. Upon graduation, they will be prepared for a successful entrance into the field, including experience in sustainable architecture, urban design, adaptive reuse and historic preservation, and other related concentrations pertaining to business, interior design, construction management, or digital media and animation.
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The New York State University Police Department at Alfred State was recently awarded official status as an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. Alfred State University Police joins the Wellsville and Hornell police forces as the area’s only accredited agencies, and is the fifth State University of New York (SUNY) Police Department to receive this designation.
Chief Gregory Sammons and Lt. Matt Heller attended the recent vote and ceremony, where the accreditation council voted unanimously to award the Alfred State University Police this honor, achieved by less than 20 percent of all police departments in the state. In his remarks at the ceremony, Sammons said that accreditation “is a tremendous honor for our agency,” and the entire process served to affirm the existing policies and procedures of the department. Having served as the department’s accreditation manager, Heller noted that “although the process is extensive and tedious at times, it is well worth the investment.” He specifically thanked Alfred State President John M. Anderson and former Vice President for Student Affairs Steven Tyrell for being “very supportive of the department’s efforts.”
Accreditation serves to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the department, including through increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies, ensure consistent and appropriate training of personnel, and promote public confidence in the work of the agency. It also reduces the likelihood of liability litigation, enables the agency to correct procedural deficiencies and create proactive systems, and develops support at the community, state, and local government levels. Accredited departments are re-assessed every five years.
Alfred State University Police members, college administration, and members of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Accreditation team gathered for a photo. Pictured are (l-r): Lt. Matt Heller, Alfred State University Police; Dr. Steve Tyrell, former vice president for student affairs; Retired Chief Fran Broski, Sherrill City Police; Accreditation team leader Chief Deputy Thomas Beatty, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office; Investigator Christa Heckathorn, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office; Valerie Nixon, vice president for administration and enrollment; Dr. Stephen Havlovic, vice president, academic affairs; and Chief Gregory Sammons, University Police and interim vice president for student affairs.
Alfred State President John M. Anderson has been named to the Steering Committee of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). He joins over 20 other college presidents and chancellors in serving on the primary governance body of the organization.
“I am honored to have been selected to the Steering Committee at ACUPCC,” remarked Anderson. “There are 675 signatories to the commitment reducing our carbon footprint. As higher education institutions, we should serve as role models.”
In addition to being named to the Steering Committee, Anderson will also serve on the ACUPCC’s Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee. This group of six to 12 experts and leaders will focus on evaluating the role of higher education institutions in climate adaptation, not only in their operations but in their ability to be trustworthy, unbiased sources for educating their communities about sustainability and climate adaptation.
The connection will strengthen Alfred State’s ties to other institutions with similar sustainability initiatives, allowing the college to serve as an example of sustainability in action. Current projects at the college support the commitment, including:
Julian Dautremont-Smith, chief sustainability officer at Alfred State, recently contributed to a book project of Widener Law Distinguished Professor John C. Dernbach that supports the national movement for more sustainable products, practices, lifestyles, and policies. The project is the only nongovernmental effort in the U.S. to comprehensively assess the nation’s sustainability activities.
In “Acting As If Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability,” Dernbach advocates for accelerating sustainability efforts in the United States. Dautremont-Smith and 50 other contributing authors, mostly hailing from U.S. universities and law schools, provided input. The book, published by the Environmental Law Institute, is currently available in digital format, and is slated for print by early July.
Dautremont-Smith was one of the collaborators asked about what progress the United States has made over two decades, why it has occurred, what the obstacles are, and how we can accelerate progress and overcome those obstacles. Specifically, he contributed an assessment of higher education’s efforts to advance sustainability and identified barriers that are slowing progress.
Dernbach searched for patterns in the answers of all the collaborators. The result is a book that explains how to make sustainable decisions more appealing, how law can facilitate a more effective environment for sustainability, and how both the public and leaders can spur the movement forward. “This is a manual for getting to sustainability, based largely on the knowledge and expertise of the contributing authors,” he remarked. This is the third book project Dernbach has led that comprehensively assesses U.S. sustainability activities and makes recommendations for future actions.
Dautremont-Smith is a long-time leader in the campus sustainability field. He co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and served as its associate director for five years. While there, he played leadership roles in the creation of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment as well as the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS). Dautremont-Smith has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan.