SUNY Potsdam Deepens Commitment to Sustainability, as the Newest Member of Higher Education Consortium

08.11.11

The State University of New York at Potsdam has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and sustainable world. 

Through membership in AASHE, SUNY Potsdam will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

“We are very excited about being a member of AASHE,” said R.J. Mattimore, sustainability and operations coordinator at SUNY Potsdam. “If you look at many of the colleges and universities who are making great impacts in their sustainability efforts, they are all members. This will give us the resources and connections to make SUNY Potsdam one of the top leaders in sustainability for St. Lawrence County.”

SUNY Potsdam has recently started taking a close look at its sustainability efforts. Between the new sustainability and operations coordinator position, a new co-generation plant, construction of the LEED-certified Performing Arts Building and now its AASHE membership, the College takes its sustainability efforts very seriously.

“In these hard economic times, many people don’t understand that when you look to be more sustainable, you end up saving money,” Mattimore said. “We are taking a holistic approach to sustainability. What we are finding is when we try and lessen the environmental impact we are making, we are directly affecting the College’s social and economic impacts too, as they are all intertwined.”

AASHE enables higher education institutions to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development and a network of peer support. Membership covers every individual at an institution, so the entire campus community can take advantage of member benefits.

“We are delighted to have SUNY Potsdam on board and participating in the campus sustainability community,” said AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland. “This shows a real commitment to playing a leadership role in some of the biggest challenges of our time, and provides the campus community with access to thousands of examples of best practices in campus sustainability.”

For more information on SUNY Potsdam’s sustainability efforts or AASHE membership, contact R.J. Mattimore at (315) 267-3288 or sustainability@potsdam.edu.

To find out more, visit www.potsdam.edu/about/sustainability.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.