Alfred State College - Green News
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.
Two administrators at Alfred State – Dr. Terry Tucker, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Julian Dautremont-Smith, chief sustainability officer – have been appointed to the Western New York regional planning team of the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program (CGC). The initiative is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
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 students are poised to make their own run with one of the college’s alternative fuel vehicles – a green initiative about to meet the need for speed. A prime demonstration of project-based learning, the students have rebuilt or modified much of the car as they’ve learned to make it race ready. They’re raring to go, but are still in need of parts and supplies.
Alfred State is pleased to announce its partnership to become a part of the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CeCeT) that is implementing a photovoltaic (PV) and wind equipment test facility. The new PV and wind test centers will operate as the core of CeCeT’s network of renewable energy resources.
Earlier this semester, Craig Clark, dean of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, served as a guest panelist at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), presented by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Determined to beat their record from last year, 60 students and four faculty/staff members returned to Watkins Glen International Raceway in April for the 2012 Toyota Green Grand Prix. They brought home another win in fuel economy, second place overall for the Saturday road rally around Seneca Lake, and were awarded the Auto Career Development Center Excellence in Innovation Award.
The Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative (SEED Center) recently included Alfred State in its 2012 program review, commending the college’s sustainability and green programming efforts. The embedding of green-focused modules into existing programs, the college-wide Green Team, Alfred’s project-based, hands-on learning distinctions, and the zero-energy green home on the Wellsville campus were all highlighted.