How Syracuse University Is Making a Difference Through Its Sustainability Efforts (Podcast)

During April, the campus community is coming together to celebrate Earth Month. On this ‘Cuse Conversation, Knox discusses the state of sustainability at Syracuse University, the wide range of Earth Month efforts occurring on campus, how the University is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2032, how you can get involved with these initiatives and why she left her career as a television meteorologist to pursue her passion for sustainability and preserving the Earth.

Check out episode 162 of the “’Cuse Conversations” podcast featuring Knox. A transcript [PDF] is also available.

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’Cuse Collections Donation Event 2024

Sustainability Management is happy to announce the dates for the end-of-semester donation event known as ’Cuse Collections. From Wednesday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 7, two storage containers will be placed on North Campus and one will be placed on South Campus to collect donations. Donation drop-off times will be posted on the Sustainability Management social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and X) and on

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Syracuse University Advances Housing Strategy With Purchase of Hotel Skyler Syracuse

As a follow-up to the release of the University’s inaugural strategic housing plan, which was shared with the campus community last month, Syracuse University today announced the purchase of the Hotel Skyler Syracuse. This acquisition, which recently received approval from the Board of Trustees, follows the University’s announcement that it will convert the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center into student housing beginning in fall 2024.

“The University recognizes the impact the Sheraton transformation has on our campus community, particularly for teams and individuals responsible for booking hotel rooms, planning events and coordinating travel,” says John Papazoglou, senior vice president and chief operations officer. “This acquisition will allow the University to continue providing first-class hotel services to our campus community in a way that aligns with the priorities and goals of our overarching strategic housing plan.”

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‘Go Local’ Vendor Fair Held at Drumlins Country Club

The University is hosting a Vendor Fair today as part of its “Go Local” economic initiative. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Drumlins Country Club ballroom.

Local business owners can meet with University purchasing managers to identify opportunities to see how their goods and services can supply the needs of the University.

Go Local is the University’s commitment to leverage the economic power of the institution to improve regional economic inclusion through four key areas: building, hiring, buying and community connections. The initiative seeks to broaden participation of local, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses in construction and service contracting opportunities; expand hiring of local residents, with a focus on neighborhoods in need of job opportunities; and increase economic growth and employment in Syracuse through the University’s purchasing activities.

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Energy Savings Realized Upon Completion of CST Project

Improvements were made to the mechanical systems at the Center for Science and Technology (CST) in 2021 and 2022. The multi-phase plan started in 2019 and is now complete. The project involved adding an energy recovery loop to the laboratory exhaust and reconfiguring the chillers to operate in heat recovery mode. These upgrades have resulted in a 25% reduction in steam use in 2023 and an annual emissions reduction of over 500 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e).

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Chancellor Syverud Announces First Phase of University’s New Strategic Housing Plan

Chancellor Kent Syverud today announced details of the first phase of the University’s new strategic housing plan. This strategy follows approval from the Board of Trustees. Today’s announcement of the strategic housing plan follows the completion of a comprehensive, three-year housing review, which, among other things, found that undergraduate students wanted more options for living in University housing on North Campus that provides seamless access to various campus facilities and amenities.

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Campus Facilities, Administration and Services Completes Upgrade to Streamlined, Modern Management Systems

Campus Facilities, Administration and Services (CFAS) has completed an extensive overhaul to its facilities maintenance and space management systems. The effort to modernize two of its key systems involved every aspect of the CFAS unit and seeks to implement a best-in-class approach to work order management, preventative maintenance requests and space management at the University.

Beginning on Feb. 29, both new systems will go live. Facilities maintenance and requests for service will be handled through IBM Maximo and will be accessible for campus community members via the Facilities Services website and through the Facility Maintenance Services tile on MySlice. The system streamlines the process of requesting repairs and maintenance on campus by replacing a series of patchwork forms and behind-the-scenes labor.

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Updates to Online Approvals in the MySlice Travel and Expense Center

Beginning this week, the University will migrate travel and expense approvals online through the travel and expense portal on MySlice. Paper-based approvals will be entirely phased out by the end of fiscal year 2024, along with paper-based submittal of expense reimbursement reports.

The Comptroller’s Office began the roll out of the online travel and expense portal during calendar year 2022, following campuswide training efforts. The transition to a fully online approval system is the next step in the office’s progression away from manual paper-based processes.

The Comptroller’s Office asks that departments with unique needs reach out directly to discuss accommodations, if needed.

Mark Your Calendars for National Carrot Cake Day

Carrot cake lovers rejoice! Saturday, Feb. 3, is National Carrot Cake Day.

For those who have attended events at the University, you may have tried one of the Syracuse University Bakery’s specialties, their delicious carrot cake, which is loved by many and famous at the University.

How popular is it? In the past year the Bakery has made 200 of the 9-inch round versions of the cake, their most popular, and this doesn’t include their other various sizes, including a sheet cake and cupcakes.

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