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Sustainability Conference set to welcome leaders in higher education sustainability, June 6-8

The technical education practitioners and scholars who are defining sustainability in higher education will gather at Alfred State this summer for the college’s second sustainability conference, June 6-8. These leaders will present on innovations related to sustainable agriculture/food systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency, green construction, and more.

The technical education practitioners and scholars who are defining sustainability in higher education will gather at Alfred State this summer for the college’s second sustainability conference, June 6-8. These leaders will present on innovations related to sustainable agriculture/food systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency, green construction, and more.

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Alfred State featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record

December 2012 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of RecordAlfred State is featured in the December 2012 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record (pdf) for earning the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Award last fall at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

December 2012 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record Alfred State is featured in the December 2012 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record (pdf) for earning the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Award last fall at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Students restore and transform two electric vehicles

electric vehicle projectAlfred State Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department students hosted an open house last week to unveil two electric maintenance vehicles that they restored and enhanced with sophisticated performance monitoring features.

Alfred State Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department students hosted an open house last week to unveil two electric maintenance vehicles that they restored and enhanced with sophisticated performance monitoring features. One vehicle is a 2008 Miles Electric delivery-style pick-up truck and the second is a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit converted to all electric power by a previous class in 2010. These zero emission vehicles are now being used on campus by facilities employees.

“I give this experience a 10,” said student Mat Stezel of Rochester.

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Community Garden featured in new National Wildlife Federation Case Study

“We are very pleased to see our community garden gain national recognition,” said Julian Dautremont-Smith, Alfred State’s chief sustainability officer. “The garden has generated a great deal of excitement on campus and in the community and is helping people connect more directly with their food production and consumption, a key for sustainability.”

Alfred State has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for its leadership in sustainability. NWF has featured a detailed case study about Alfred State’s Community Garden in an online database of campus sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability Efforts Earn STARS Bronze Rating

Alfred State has received the Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Bronze Rating for its sustainability achievements.

Alfred State has received the Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Bronze Rating for its sustainability achievements.

STARS is the primary tool used to assess sustainability in higher education. It was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and was designed to measure and encourage sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

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Building Trades Students Start Construction on College Home

When complete, this 7,800 square foot residence/entertainment facility will feature state-of-the-art geothermal and solar technologies and will serve as a demonstration home in Alfred (similar to the zero energy demonstration home on the Wellsville campus) that showcases green technologies and programs at Alfred State.

After more than a year of planning, construction has begun on a new residence for the president of Alfred State. The site is located on Route 244, south of the College Farm and will replace the current home for the president which is located in the Village of Alfred.

Building Trades students, under the direction of department chair Joe Richardson, broke ground on the project in September. Over the next three years, students will complete nearly every aspect of construction and will follow National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) green building standards.

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Zero Energy Demonstration Home Receives Top AASHE Award

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has listed Alfred State as a leader among top colleges and universities to have highly innovative sustainability initiatives underway on campus.

AASHE certificateThe Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has listed Alfred State as a leader among top colleges and universities to have highly innovative sustainability initiatives underway on campus.

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Community Garden Open to Alfred Residents

Community Garden volunteers“The purpose of the Alfred State Community Garden is to provide students and community members with hands-on experiences in sustainable agriculture techniques,” said Alfred State’s Chief Sustainability Officer Julian Dautremont-Smith. “The aim is to produce food locally and to reduce campus waste production by providing a site to compost food waste.”

Garden plots within the Alfred State Community Garden and heirloom seeds are available, without cost, to interested Alfred residents.

The one-acre Community Garden is located on Route 21 behind the Alfred State Vet Technology Building. It contains 103 plots and has a nearby greenhouse, apiary, and compost area. Created in 2010, the garden has 20 gardeners and more than 30 student volunteers who are currently working on fall harvesting, planting, and planning.

Dautremont-Smith Featured in Book on Sustainability

Julian Dautremont-SmithJulian 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.

Julian Dautremont-SmithJulian 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.

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President Anderson Named to Steering Committee of Presidents’ Climate Commitment

President John M. AndersonAlfred 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.

Dr. John M. AndersonAlfred 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.

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