Alfred State College - Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Alfred State recently celebrated two historic ribbon-cutting events during its annual Homecoming Weekend. Both ceremonies marked the completion of sizeable construction projects that are among the largest the college has seen since the 1960s.
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.
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.
Nearly 75 sustainability professionals from as far as California converged on Alfred State for “Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability,” bringing with them ideas and best practices from their own experiences.
Alfred State College’s Green Team is calling all types of gardeners to put down roots in a new community garden hosted by the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA).
Anderson notes that he is “proud to join my colleagues in this necessary and worthwhile endeavor. Colleges play a vital role in preparing our nation’s workforce and in acting as agents of economic change. I wholeheartedly embrace this opportunity to train workers for high-growth jobs in the green economy and educate students about the importance of sustainability.”
Alfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) hosted the 2010 Northeast Buckwheat Field Day in August. Sponsors included the Alfred State College Institute for Sustainability, the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York.
Cornell University's 16th Annual Buckwheat Field Day will be held at Alfred State College, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 1-4 p.m.
Thomas Björkman, associate professor of vegetable crop physiology at Cornell, has organized the event for the last 15 years. The event is hosted by Dr. Brian Baker, director of the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) at Alfred State College.
Alfred State College recently hosted a Pesticides and Pollinators symposium. Maryann Frazier, extension entomologist from Penn State, conducted a morning session that examined the role played by pesticides in the decline of North American pollinators, particularly honey bees.