Annual Report 2016-17

SUNY and an Energy-Smart New York
Focus on Sustainability

Solar panels outside of Kennedy Hall.

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


SUNY Canton’s energy savings and sustainability practices allow the College to do more with less.

The College’s Physical Plant replaced about 20 outside street lights with new lower-voltage LED lighting fixtures purchased through an incentive from National Grid. The five-year avoided costs equate to roughly $68,000 with a 155 KWH reduction in electricity usage.

The College’s Environmental Change Organization created a compost pile on campus to help fertilize the flowerbeds and gardens that grace the campus. Chaney Dining Center contributed approximately 4 tons of food scraps, which equated to significant waste removal savings. Students and faculty members spearheaded the composting project.

NY State with fruits and vegetables inside.

SUNY Canton is one of the largest area purchasers of food from locally grown sources and New York State manufacturers.

The College’s Career Ready Education and Success Training Center remains at the forefront of the College’s sustainability efforts. In fact, the operation itself runs completely off of green energy. This year, the program offered the following energy-related trainings:

  • Solar Ready Vets, which enabled more than 68 soldiers from Fort Drum to complete the professional career-ready training, funded by grants from NYSERDA and the GI Bill.
  • Safety and Fire Considerations for Solar PV, which trained 130 fire and rescue personnel.
  • Photovoltaic Permitting and Inspection methods to train code officials and other professionals.
  • A solar program specifically for architects and engineers, which will help integrate more photovoltaic panels in new construction projects.


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 continues its strong emphasis on the physical and emotional health of its students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Emergency Medical Services squad photo

The College’s newly formed Emergency Medical Services squad (above) responded to nearly 100 on-campus calls in the past year with an average response time of five minutes. Most of the students in the club are also area EMTs with the Canton Volunteer Rescue Squad and help strengthen the College’s ties with the community. Their volunteer efforts won them the SUNY Canton Humanitarian Award and the highly coveted Student Government Association President’s Cup, which is bestowed annually for completing the most philanthropic activity in an academic year.

Jerry Bartlett

Dr. Rosemarie C. Heisse of the College’s Davis Health Center served as medical director for the EMS squad, and Jennifer Hynes, LPN, EMT, provided ongoing support throughout the semester. In addition to the EMS efforts, the Health Center ran 155 healthcare programs and events focused on student and community well-being.

The newly formed Green Dot Violence Prevention Program provided 31 programs with 1,691 contacts. Green Dot advocates for bystander intervention and challenges students to use words or behaviors to stop power-based violence.

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