Sustainability

Academics

Many of the jobs of the future are in sustainability-related fields like renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, green building, and hybrid and electric vehicles. Many employers are beginning to expect their employees to have a basic understanding of sustainability. To prepare our students for success in the emerging sustainable economy, Alfred State is infusing sustainability throughout all of our academic programs. Indeed, our strategic plan calls for all students to be “empowered with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be leaders in solving sustainability challenges.”

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Courses That Focus on Sustainability

Alfred State aims to ensure that all students are “empowered with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to be leaders in solving sustainability challenges.” To that end, we offer a diverse array of courses that address sustainability.

Sustainability Courses

These are courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenges:

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Project Based Learning for Sustainability

Project-based learning is a cornerstone of our Alfred State culture. We believe students learn best when they are engaged in solving problems in the real world. Given the college’s emphasis on sustainability, it’s no surprise that many of our projects address sustainability challenges. This page highlights just a few of the exciting sustainability-related project-based learning opportunities at Alfred State.

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Recycling and waste management

Alfred State takes seriously its responsibility to minimize waste and we are regularly working to improve our recycling and waste management systems. This webpage provides answers to common questions about recycling and waste management on campus. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please send it to sustainability@alfredstate.edu.

Why should I recycle?

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Pioneer Cup FAQ

Why is Alfred State organizing the Pioneer Cup?
Alfred State has made long term institutional commitments to civic engagement, sustainability, and wellness. The Pioneer Cup brings together many of the college’s programs in these areas under a common umbrella, thereby increasing the visibility of each and encouraging greater student participation. Ultimately, we hope the Pioneer Cup will help prepare students to be responsible, healthy, and engaged citizens.

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Pioneer Cup Prizes

Residence Hall Prizes

The residence hall with the most points at the end of April will be declared the Pioneer Cup Champion. The champion will be recognized on the Pioneer Cup on display in the Student Leadership Center and earns the right to display the Pioneer Cup Champions plaque in the main entryway or common room.

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Pioneer Cup Scoring

How to Earn Points

Residents earn points for their halls by participating in the events, programs, and activities listed below. With so many point opportunities, everyone can contribute in some way! Participation in events and activities is tracked through sign-in forms, so be sure to sign in with your name, email, and residence hall to get credit for participating.

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About the Pioneer Cup

Pioneer Cup is a friendly (but fierce) competition between the college’s residence halls for leadership in civic engagement, sustainability, and wellness that is being held for the first time over the 2013-14 academic year. Throughout the year, residents earn points for their halls by participating in a wide variety of activities, programs, and events related to the competition themes. For example, residents can earn points for participating in a community service event, donating blood, or holding executive office in a student organization.

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Pioneer Cup

The Pioneer Cup is a friendly (but fierce!) competition between the college’s residence halls for leadership in civic engagement, sustainability, and wellness. You can help your residence hall earn points and win prizes at the same time by participating in activities, programs, and events related to the competition themes.

Current Standings

Scores are updated after the end of every month. Here are the final scores for the 2013-14 competition. Congratulations to our winner, Burdick Hall!

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Post-conference Workshop

Alfred State is pleased to be able to offer a special post-conference workshop on Change Leadership for Education for Sustainability with our keynote speaker, Leith Sharp.

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