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Sustainability is quickly emerging as the defining challenge of the 21st century. As a leading technical college and a community devoted to civic engagement and service, Alfred State has both a responsibility and an opportunity to lead the sustainability transformation.

Alfred State is pioneering sustainability in our academic and co-curricular programs to prepare our graduates to succeed in fast-growing sectors of the economy such as renewable energy, green building, hybrid and electric vehicles, and sustainable agriculture. Consistent with our educational focus on sustainability, we also work to model sustainability in campus operations.

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Our approach to sustainability is outlined in our sustainability and carbon neutrality plan, Pioneering Sustainability. The plan, which was developed as part of our commitment as a proud signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, includes a commitment to eliminate or neutralize our direct carbon emissions by 2040.

The ultimate goal of sustainability is to improve quality of life for current generations without compromising the quality of life for future generations. Find out how you can get involved with sustainability efforts on campus.

Sustainability News

Alfred State to celebrate Earth Week
Tue, Apr 9th, 2019

Led by students, the events will focus on sustainability and increasing awareness about this topic across campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Alfred State College making a powerful impact with sustainability efforts
Mon, Aug 27th, 2018

Senior Director of Facilities Services Glenn Brubaker poses with a new energy efficient satellite boilerSustainability is a top priority at Alfred State College. That’s why over the past eight years, the school has taken a number of ecofriendly steps to reduce its environmental footprint, while increasing energy efficiency on campus.

Student leads initiative to discourage use of plastic bags on campus
Fri, Apr 27th, 2018

Peter York is pictured with one of the reusable bags Looking to the future, York said, “My end vision is to completely eliminate single-use plastic bags on Alfred State’s campus and create a sustainably minded culture while doing so.”

Clean energy a top priority
Fri, Oct 14th, 2016

“The college has a long history of being a leader in sustainability, including classroom instruction, building a Zero Energy Home on the Wellsville campus, and leading a $2.8 million NYSERDA grant on clean energy training across New York State,” said Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development at Alfred State. “We look forward to continuing to lead through the REV process.”

Alfred State surges ahead in energy efficiency
Tue, Aug 23rd, 2016

Mike SmithThrough evaluating building-by-building benchmarks, the college as a whole performed very well in the Preliminary Energy Analysis report which was not weather-normalized. According to the analysis, out of seven similar-sized SUNY campuses, Alfred State’s energy consumption is noticeably lower than five of them, and ties results for first place.

Blue and gold goes green with sustainability efforts
Wed, Jul 27th, 2016

Glenn Brubaker, director of Facilities Operations at Alfred State, takes readings from the 18 kW photovoltaic arraysA number of environmentally conscious efforts have been or are being implemented at Alfred State.

Team Alfred earns two awards in Solar Decathlon competition
Wed, Oct 28th, 2015

Ryan Kozlowski surrounded by solar panels on top of Team Alfred’s entry in the 2015 US Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon“This was an excellent opportunity for Alfred State and Alfred University students to display their talents and abilities on a national scale,” Richardson said. “They were also able to receive a valuable hands-on learning experience unlike any other, which will undoubtedly benefit them in their careers once they graduate.”

The U.S. National Arboretum Gets a Boost from Renewable Energy
Fri, Nov 15th, 2013

U.S. National Arboretum 2013“I cannot express how proud I am of the students, for their exemplary work ethic, professionalism, attention to detail, and overall excellence throughout the entire project,” Stevens says. “The students have demonstrated Alfred’s excellence in education.”

Alfred State Expands its Renewable Energy Portfolio with New Wind Turbine
Fri, Sep 13th, 2013

New Wind TurbineThe newest member of Alfred State’s growing renewable energy family is currently catching the breeze above campus—a 100 kilowatt grid-tied wind turbine that will offset some of the college’s electricity usage. The turbine came online just a few weeks ago and is already producing clean, green energy.

Alfred State Treks to China for the 2013 Solar Decathlon
Mon, Aug 12th, 2013

solar-powered home for the 2013 Solar Decathlon in ChinaTeam Alfred designed their home to go beyond what previous decathlon homes had done, combining cutting-edge engineering with traditional Chinese architecture, and they succeeded, walking away with a first-place award in energy balance and an incredible hands-on work experience.