Annual Report 2014-15

SUNY and an Energy-Smart New York
Focus on Sustainability

Bill McKibben

The College is committed to fostering a campus-wide culture of sustainability by promoting environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

One of the highlights of the year was a guest lecture by climate-change pioneer Bill McKibben. More than 700 attendees from the campus community and from throughout the North Country attended the event to hear McKibben discuss the dangers of reliance on fossil fuels. The event was co-sponsored by the Sustainability Lecture Series and the Living Writers Series.

The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development conducted solar heat and solar photovoltaic systems trainings for Akwesasne community members in support of the “Solarize Akwesasne” program.

SUNY Canton is partnering with Clarkson University to research a new generation of wood pellet boilers that offer higher-efficiency energy output. The project aims to provide alternatives to conventional fuel oil and cord-wood heating.

A solar energy collection system was installed at the William C. Cooper Service Complex to generate hot water for maintenance purposes. In addition, French Hall and the Southworth Library Learning Commons have been upgraded with energy-efficient windows and roofs.

Jerry Bartlett

Online Learning Systems Manager Jerry J. Bartlett earned the title of most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle in the Toyota Green Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International for the second year in a row. His home-built diesel coupe achieved an estimated 250 miles per gallon on the course. The Grand Prix event is designed to promote efficient auto technologies and fuels, energy management, and ecological driving styles.

SUNY and a Healthier New York

A fully integrated SUNY healthcare enterprise has enormous potential—in terms of public health, economic impact, and global influence.

SUNY Canton recognizes the importance of physical and emotional health and wellness. To that end, the College has sponsored programs, services, and special events that allow students to thrive.

The Davis Health Center brought more than 25 area agencies to campus in April to educate the College and community about healthy lifestyles. Participants learned about disaster preparedness, weight-loss strategies, tobacco cessation, caring for Alzheimer’s disease patients, and more.

University Police and the Counseling Center sponsored a number of classes during the academic year that dealt with safety awareness topics such as sexual assault, dating violence, Title IX, and active-shooter preparedness.

Officer Hudson

University Police Officer John Hudson, above, taught area police officers about using lifesaving Narcan, which is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. SUNY Canton was among the first agencies to have officers trained to use the life-saving medication in the North Country.