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Associated Colleges to Host Sustainability Day at SUNY Canton Sept. 29

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley will hold its annual Sustainability Day at SUNY Canton Friday, Sept. 29.

The event, which is free and open to the public, aims to create a culture of sustainability at the four colleges – Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam – in partnership with surrounding communities.

Sustainability Day

Sustainability Day will begin at 1 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater with a welcome address by SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. There will also be a performance by Maia Weiss, a student at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Breakout sessions beginning at 2 p.m. will cover a variety of environmental topics, including campus ecological design, invasive species eradication in Norwood Lake, composting, sustainability in theater production, Alaskan indigenous communities and climate change, water quality analysis of the Grasse River, a tree-planting event, and a laughter yoga workshop.

The keynote address, titled “The Real Human Being and Challenges to Our Survival in Today’s World,” will be delivered by Ilarion Merculieff from the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways at 3:30 p.m. in the Kingston Theater. Merculieff has served as an advocate for a sustainable planet and his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands, for nearly four decades.

Ilarion Merculieff

Following the address, a reception and Sustainability Fair will feature local food and community organizations, including Local Living Venture, Nature Up North, St. Lawrence Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension, St. Lawrence County Planning Office/Environmental Management Council, North Country Faith and Ecology Group, and Algonquin to Adirondack (A2A) Collaborative.

Finally, an art installation on the Grasse River adjacent to campus will conclude the event at approximately 6:15 p.m. The display, titled “Convergence,” is an interactive exhibit featuring more than 100 lights designed by Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program at SUNY Canton.

North Country Public Radio is Sustainability Day’s media sponsor. Visit the Associated Colleges Sustainability Web page for a full list of events, or contact Heather Sullivan-Catlin, chair of SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (315) 267-2570.

 

About the Associated Colleges

Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1970, the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley is an independent not-for-profit educational consortium with four members: Clarkson University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.

The consortium was created as a regional multipurpose organization to expand the number and variety of educational opportunities for students, faculty and the community, to share resources, to avoid needless duplication and to innovate through joint action.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Campus Abuzz this Summer with Bee and Butterfly Garden

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Thanks to a Campus Enhancement Award from the SUNY Canton College Foundation, the Peace Garden has been adorned with native perennial wildflowers and other late-blooming plants that provide an ideal food source and environment for pollinators.

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Jamie L. Sovie (center), an instructional support technician in the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice; Kelly Carter (right), SUNY Canton sustainability coordinator; and James L. Hamilton (left), an instructional support technician in the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice, plant flowers and shrubs in the new Bee and Butterfly Garden, which is located adjacent to French Hall.

“European Honeybees, North American bees and Monarch Butterflies are declining in number, primarily due to habitat loss and pesticides,” said Rajiv Narula, Ph.D., an assistant professor who teaches an introductory course in environmental science in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. “But we can help our buzzing friends in a number of ways, including working to create homes for them.”

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Jamie L. Sovie plants flowers in the new Bee and Butterfly Garden.

Students in Narula’s course will be responsible for upkeep of the garden, along with members of the Environmental Change Organization Club.

“This is a great applied learning opportunity for students that augments lessons about environmental degradation and habitat loss,” he added.

The project is one facet of the college’s overall commitment to sustainability and enhances the health, biodiversity and aesthetics of the campus’ landscape. The garden also supports a New York State executive order to reduce pesticide use and adopt sound practices to protect pollinators. For more information about the project, or to get involved, contact Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Carter at carterkelly@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton’s Top 10 News Stories from 2015

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

As we celebrate a new year, let’s take a look back at the 10 biggest SUNY Canton headlines of 2015.

haney-thumb10. SUNY Canton Alumnus and Powersports Instructor Invents Chainsaw Improvements

A SUNY Canton instructional support associate has invented a new and more reliable way to oil the bar and chain on commercial chainsaws. Neil A. Haney of Chase Mills came up with an idea for improvements while building a homebuilt firewood-processing machine. » WDT

sos-thumb9. SUNY Canton Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas. The college earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services. » SUNY Canton News

Girl with cat8. SUNY Canton Ranked Among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Animal Lovers

SUNY Canton has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for animal lovers, according to Great Value Colleges.net. The college placed ninth out of 25 schools and was chosen in large part for its well-known Pet Wing housing option that began in 1997.

Adirondack Ops7. SUNY Canton Launches New Start-Up NY Partnership with Adirondack Operations, LLC

SUNY Canton has received approval to begin its first Start-Up NY partnership. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Adirondack Operations LLC, has been approved to begin working with the college. The business will receive tax incentives as it expands its operations in Canton.  » WDT | NCPR

McMorrow6. Àine McMorrow Wins USCAA National Championship

SUNY Canton freshman Àine McMorrow closed out her phenomenal rookie season in thrilling fashion as she finished in first place at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships.  » Roo Athletics

US News and World Report5. SUNY Canton Moves to Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report Regional Rankings

SUNY Canton has been ranked among the best colleges in the northern region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges” edition. The college moved up several spots to 44th this year, which puts SUNY Canton in the top tier of the rankings. » SUNY Canton News

Brayden White4. Student Speaks with President Obama During Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.

SUNY Canton student and Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Nation (Bear Clan) member Brayden S. White had a special opportunity to serve as a youth delegate at the seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5. » WDT

McKibben3. Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing. » WDT

Kangaroos Logo2. Roos Complete NCAA DIII Membership Process

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council announced that SUNY Canton has officially completed its provisional membership process and will become full-time members of NCAA Division III, effective Sept. 1st. » WDT

 

Szafran1. SUNY Canton Inaugurates Szafran as College’s Fourth President

An investiture ceremony held at SUNY Canton April 10 officially inaugurated Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., as SUNY Canton’s fourth president. More than 300 guests gathered in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to celebrate a new era in the college’s more than 100-year history . » WDT | » Channel 7 News

SUNY Canton Staffer Tops 200 mpg in a Home-Built Automobile

Friday, April 24th, 2015

SUNY Canton OnLine staff member Jerry J. Bartlett has once again proven that he can top the fuel efficiency of some of the most modern vehicles on the market with his home-built diesel coupe.

Bartlett, who graduated from the college in 2004, recently competed in the 11th annual Toyota Green Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International racetrack. Bartlett rallied for a second year in his home-built diesel Urba Centurion and picked up an award for the most innovative vehicle.

Jerry Bartlett's Urba Centurion

“All of the parts of the car are designed to work together,” he said. “The body’s aerodynamic design allows it to cut through the wind. The three-cylinder Kubota engine maximizes fuel efficiency and gives it enough horsepower to achieve highway speeds.”

Final tallies estimate his creation at about 250 mpg. In comparison, the Toyota Prius is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated at 51 mpg, and the Tesla Model S is EPA rated at 95 mpg.

While the official results of the competition are not in, Bartlett expects to be in contention for the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award. He tied for the Green Grand Prix title last year against a completely electric vehicle.

Bartlett said his statistical data navigator Peter J. Cutler, assistant director of SUNY Potsdam’s Center for Graduate Studies, was instrumental in the record run. The two traveled 98 miles around the racetrack, using .391 gallons of diesel fuel, which cost $1.25.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

His car is based on designs by Robert Q. Riley. Bartlett first saw the Centurion plans in a 1982 copy of “Mechanix Illustrated.” A version of the car was used in the movie “Total Recall” for its futuristic appearance.

Bartlett said that much of the engineering and inspiration for his vehicle is a result of his involvement on an online Ecomodder Forum, which outlines everything from sustainable driving habits to electric vehicles. Many of the members of the online community participated and received awards at the rally.

“I want people to know that they can do what I have done,” he said. “It’s not easy, but it can be if you take it one piece at a time.”

The Toyota Green Grand Prix is an event dedicated to efficient auto technologies and fuels, energy management and ecological driving styles sponsored by a not-for-profit corporation of the same name.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Renowned climate change expert Bill McKibben brought a message about the dangers of continued reliance on fossil fuels to SUNY Canton.

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing.

McKibben

“We’ve already raised the earth’s temperature one degree Celsius, which is the heat equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs – enough to melt the Arctic,” he said. “It’s enough heat that the world’s hydrological cycles are completely chaotic.”

According to McKibben, the increase is responsible for historic drought in areas like California, as well as extreme weather events, most notably in the Pacific Ocean, where there have been three consecutive super typhoons that have destroyed more than 80 percent of housing in Micronesia.

He quickly pointed out that some of the poorest areas in the world are hit hardest by violent weather patterns and sea level rise. And although scientists agree the earth’s temperature will increase even more, the fossil fuel industry continues to seek access to more coal, gas and oil.

McKibben’s grassroots environmental organization 350.org has become a voice of resistance to the fossil fuel industry. The group, which he founded with seven Middlebury College students in 2007, most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

This campaign, along with an initiative to encourage colleges and universities to divest their shares in fossil fuel companies, are ways 350.org is taking an offensive, rather than defensive, stance against the opposition.

It is with this strategy in mind that McKibben reminded attendees about the importance of cooperation across nations and generations to curb the progression of global warming.

McKibben crowd

He urged the entire audience to get involved and engaged in the movement, noting, “Young people are leading the fight against climate change.” He also made an appeal to his own generation, stressing the importance of their duty as elders to set a positive example in their communities.

“This crisis makes it clear we are all connected,” he said. “We’re all in this together, and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all of you.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Visits SUNY Canton Alum’s ‘Gear Factory’ For New Web Series

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Television personality, author and famed chef Anthony Bourdain traveled to Syracuse in December to film a metal artisan company working in a studio owned by SUNY Canton alumnus Rick Destito for a web series titled “Raw Craft.”

Bourdain and his crew spent a day filming Destito’s tenants, John Truex and Liz Seru, who are the owners of Borough Furnace, a small cast-iron skillet manufacturing business. The skillets are handmade by Truex in a 2,000-square-foot studio in Destito’s building, named the Gear Factory.

“Raw Craft” is a project Bourdain has embarked upon with Scottish whiskey distillers The Balvenie and focuses on highlighting craftsmanship in a multitude of art forms. Borough Furnace is the first episode in the series.

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Destito, who graduated from SUNY Canton in 1998, purchased the Gear Factory (located in the city’s Near West Side) in 2005 and began renting spaces out to local artists. He said he now has 20 tenants, which include musicians, painters, sculptors and graphic designers. Truex and Seru have been working in the building since 2012.

“John and Liz have been wonderful to work with and are dedicated to constantly growing and improving their business,” Destito said. “My philosophy when purchasing the building was to create a space for people to feel comfortable so they can be successful.”

Rick Destito

Destito returned to SUNY Canton in 2013 and 2014 to speak to students about his vision to sustainably renovate the Gear Factory and the lessons he learned during the ambitious project. He said he hopes his efforts will inspire others to invest in the future of downtown Syracuse.

To learn more about the Gear Factory, visit http://thegearfactorysyr.com.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Clarkson University & SUNY Canton Research More Energy Efficient Renewable Wood Heating Systems

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Clarkson University and SUNY Canton are researching renewable wood heating systems that would improve energy efficiency in New York State.

Researchers at the universities are evaluating a new generation of wood pellet boilers that were developed in Austria and now are being manufactured in New York State. Director of Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment and Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor Philip K. Hopke recently led a tour of the three experimental North Country wood pellet boiler sites with Renewable Heat NY personnel from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Ellen G. Burkhard, senior project manager at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, looks at data on boiler performance, including temperatures and combustion air supply fans, while touring a wood pellet boiler system in Parishville, N.Y. Clarkson University and SUNY Canton are researching renewable wood heating systems that would improve energy efficiency in New York State.

Ellen G. Burkhard, senior project manager at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, looks at data on boiler performance, including temperatures and combustion air supply fans, while touring a wood pellet boiler system in Parishville, N.Y. Clarkson University and SUNY Canton are researching renewable wood heating systems that would improve energy efficiency in New York State.

Wood pellet boilers provide an alternative heating system that efficiently burns wood pellets to provide hot water heating. The pellets are heated at a low temperature, the resulting gas is effectively burned, and the energy output from burning the pellets heats water in thermal storage tanks. The hot water in the tanks is then distributed to the building to provide heat.

“The wood heating system evaluations by Clarkson University and SUNY Canton will prove the benefits of these cleaner, more efficient boilers,” said John B. Rhodes, president and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). “In alignment with Governor Cuomo’s Renewable Heat NY initiative, this project will help lead to growth in this industry and will provide demonstrated alternatives to high-polluting wood boilers.”

One wood pellet boiler is installed at the Walker Center at Clarkson University, and two more boilers are located in residences in the Potsdam area.

“Clarkson is proud to be able to help demonstrate these new high efficiency, clean-burning wood pellet systems that reduce our carbon emissions, save money for the end-user, and promote economic development in New York State,” Hopke said.

SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus Arthur G. Hurlbut, Ph.D. and Canino School of Engineering Technology Interim Dean Michael J. Newtown have been overseeing pellet boiler installations at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm. The new boilers serve as a tool to educate the community about different options for wood heating.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

“Many households can benefit from the cost and convenience of wood pellet boilers,” Hurlbut said. “It is my hope that our research will help people consider switching to cost-effective heating solutions over more expensive options.”

The wood heating systems are being supported by Renewable Heat NY, an initiative from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo that provides NYSERDA incentives toward the installed costs of high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems in order to build a sustainable, high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating sector in New York. Renewable Heat NY is also helping to develop clean technology manufacturing based in New York, a skilled high-efficiency wood heating system installer base, and sustainably harvested wood fuels from state forests—supporting economic development while preserving the environment.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

About Clarkson

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

SUNY Canton Online Staff Member Hits 200 mpg in Toyota Green Grand Prix

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Colton resident hand builds a car that appeared in “Total Recall” to tie for the top award in a national competition.

A February 1982 copy of “Mechanix Illustrated” inspired Jerry J. Bartlett to construct a futuristic coupe capable of reaching 200 miles per gallon.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Bartlett is a learning systems manager for SUNY Canton OnLine and a 2004 alumnus who loves to make modern technology more efficient. He tied for the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award in the Toyota Green Grand Prix Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally, held April 11 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. He entered with his modified Urba Centurion, which was originally designed by Robert Q. Riley.

“The Centurion is built on a 1966 Triumph Spitfire frame with a custom body made with fiberglass over foam,” Bartlett said. “It runs on a three-cylinder Kubota diesel engine and can hit 65 mph. Attention to detail enabled the Centurion to rightfully earn its name on one of the most prestigious racetracks at the most unique green car and driver event on the planet.”

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

During the first stage of the challenge, he and a passenger drove on the racetrack for over 100 miles against more than 40 other contestants. The award was determined by calculating time, distance and fuel economy of each car. He ultimately tied with a completely electric vehicle. “The competition is a challenge of your technology, your ability as a driver and your car,” Bartlett said.

While building the Centurion, Bartlett modified the retro wedge-shaped design to be more aerodynamic, which gave him an advantage at the Green Grand Prix. The entire car is approximately 41 inches tall and the driver’s seat is about four inches above the road. He said the car performed better than taller, heavier, commercially produced vehicles during the rally because of its design.

The magazine article that inspired Bartlett 30 years ago now hangs on the wall above his desk. Early testing of the car began with hopes of meeting the 128 mpg touted in the article. The small displacement engine coupled with the low weight and custom gearing make it a desirable alternative to larger cars, especially when diesel fuel costs more than $4 a gallon.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His award came with a $1,000 prize. Bartlett donated all of his winnings back to the Green Grand Prix, which is a non-profit corporation. Robert Gillespie, Chairman of the Green Grand Prix said the mission of the event is educational and is used to promote sustainable transportation technologies. “This event is truly something I can stand behind,” Bartlett said.

The fuel-efficient Centurion had a big-screen debut. A version of it appears briefly throughout the 1990 movie “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“As far as I know there are only three of these vehicles in existence,” Bartlett said. “One is the car used in the movie and it is in California. Another is in the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, [Tenn.], and the other is the one that I built.”

Bartlett acquired the original wheels used on the “Total Recall” car for his own vehicle, but didn’t use them for the race due to their excessive weight. He also prepared for the race by dressing in a lightweight jogging suit and using a two-gallon fuel tank to reduce the weight of both the driver and vehicle. “Every pound matters when you are working with a 17 horsepower engine,” he said.

An avid do-it-yourselfer, Bartlett previously built a diesel motorcycle which averages 115 mpg. He also made a hybrid-electric trike that combines human and battery power. He lives off-grid in Colton and powers his home with solar panels and wind turbines. “The whole thing is one big science experiment,” he said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”

The Centurion is one of Bartlett’s daily-use vehicles and can often be seen in SUNY Canton’s Parking Lot 5.

Sustainable Design Pioneer to Speak at SUNY Canton April 22

Friday, April 18th, 2014

George IrwinGeorge Irwin, CEO and founder of the Rochester-based company Green Living Technologies, will discuss revolutionary trends in environmentally conscious design at SUNY Canton during the final installment of the spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

He will speak at 6 p.m. April 22 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Irwin’s company specializes in living walls and roofs, also known as vertical gardens. His patented designs reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling through shading and evapotranspiration. They can remove pollutants and carbon dioxide and are known as the “new graffiti,” according to Irwin.

“I hold a degree in education and maintain a passion for out-of-the-box learning; I combined my love for environment and zest for learning,” he said. “I personally oversee all green wall and roof education, integrating the state-of-the-art technology into a continuously-evolving curriculum.”

Living roofs can also reduce storm water run-off, filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rain water, and increase real estate value. Vertical agriculture gardens, which are also a growing trend, provides families with food within reach, reducing the need to travel to the store.

Vertical Green WallIrwin said his passion is agriculture, utilizing vertical green living walls and roof systems. His organic edible plants include tomatoes, celery, eggplant, potatoes, root crops, melons, beans, peppers and onions. His mission is to help create solutions to the challenges of food scarcity and the amount of job opportunities for at-risk populations throughout cities around the world.

He is also a published author and is a leading resource for Time magazine, Fortune, CNN, NBC, CBS TEDx, National Geographic and Newsweek. He has co-hosted many radio, television and garden shows in the U.S. and abroad.
About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Sustainability Lecture Series Brings Environmental Activist to SUNY Canton

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith, the director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), will discuss the issue of invasive species in Northern New York as part of SUNY Canton’s spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

Smith will discuss local invasive species, potential future threats and efforts to stop their spread at 6 p.m. April 2 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Invasive species are one of the biggest environmental challenges of all time, according to Smith. Introduced from other places, invading plants and animals have no natural predators to keep their populations in check. They spread uncontrollably, wreaking havoc in rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, and woods and wetlands.

“Invasive species affect everyone,” said Smith. “There are opportunities for action to stop their spread in our backyards, in our favorite swimming spots, across the state and beyond.”

APIPP, along with more than 30 cooperating organizations, have the mission to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of invasive species. Smith specializes in invasive species planning, program development, partnership building, community-based action and innovative solutions to invasive species prevention and management. She received her master’s in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany and her undergraduate degree in Biology from Hamilton College.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.