Browsing: Sustainability

The University celebrates Earth Day this week with our annual Earthstock event featuring student and faculty research, prominent guest lecturers, environmental organizations, displays, exhibitors and more. Focusing on “Sustainabilty: The Future is Now,” events are taking place on campus April 17 through April 22. Browse Earthstock-related social media The main festival will be held on Friday, April 21, from 10 am to 3 pm on the Academic Mall (Rain Location: Student Activities Center). Earthstock is free and open to the public. Don’t miss the Roadshow of Resistance: Saving the Planet, Indigenous Rights and Standing Rock presentation on Thursday, April 20, at 3 pm…

Writer, artist, runner and licensed wildlife rehabilitator — this is how Erica Cirino ’15 identities herself. Perhaps survivor should be added to the description. Her childhood memories are dominated by discord. Voices escalate in anger and accusations; a door slams, followed by the sound of a woman sobbing. A car starts up in the driveway; a man is bound for who knows where. When the little girl wakes up in the middle of the night, she sees her father on the couch. Again. The days that follow bring more of the same — ongoing family drama that no child could be…

As every Biology 101 student knows, symbiosis is a mutually beneficial relationship between two different entities. That’s a good definition of the ties between the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Stony Brook University. Two of the refuge’s seven staff members are former Stony Brook students and the Refuge’s employees have participated in the University’s annual Earthstock celebration since 2012, educating Stony Brook students about Long Island’s natural world and its inhabitants. The refuge actively recruits its interns at Earthstock because of Stony Brook’s focus on sustainability. The unpaid intern position is for 10 to 20 hours per week for a college…

In 2016, Stony Brook University was once again an academic hotbed of innovation, diversity, cutting-edge research and groundbreaking discoveries with real-world impact. Stony Brook experts and events were featured in the world’s news columns as we followed the road to the White House, celebrated the medical miracle that gave a young Congolese boy his smile back, advanced global health in Madagascar, and made our first appearance in the NCAA’s Big Dance. As a new year full of promise begins, browse our Top 10 website for a colorful review of Stony Brook’s biggest stories of 2016.

A team of scientists led by Stony Brook University’s Jin Wang, a Professor of Chemistry and Physics, and Physics graduate student Zhedong Zhang, has announced a discovery that could help make sustainable solar energy a reality. The team discovered a mechanism in the energy transfer process of photosynthesis (for the pigment-protein complex) that illustrates quantitatively the maintenance of long-survived quantum coherence. The role of quantum coherence – when subatomic particles cooperate reflecting a form of harmony in the microscopic world – is important to understanding energy transfer in photosynthesis. Recently, a new phenomenon with quantum coherence puzzled many scientists – that…

Two Stony Brook University students traveled to a remote part of the world this past summer with the hope of contributing to big global change. Ruthann Monsees ’16, Alexandra Bonecutter ’17 and 21 other crew mates set sail in a brigantine, the SSV Robert C. Seamans, from Hawaii to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area of Kiribati. Their assignment: to study the pristine atolls there and the effects of climate change. The ship on which they sailed is operated by Sea Education Association (SEA), which offers the SEA Semester program, an accredited study abroad initiative. SEA is based on Cape Cod…

In a piece of welcome news for seafood lovers, a Stony Brook-led research team has found declining levels of mercury in bluefin tuna caught in the North Atlantic over the past decade. Mercury is a neurotoxin harmful to humans, and tuna provide more mercury to humans than any other source. A study led by Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) and published in Environmental Science & Technology provides a new data set, the largest of its kind, of mercury concentrations in Atlantic bluefin tuna. The data demonstrate that, while tissue concentrations were higher than in most other…

Putting its commitment to environmental sustainability into action, Stony Brook University has partnered with National Grid to implement water conservation measures throughout campus. Stony Brook’s sustainability team, together with National Grid, has recently completed the installation of new water-efficient aerators, showerheads and spray valves in various campus buildings.  The project’s aim is to help manage the University’s current water usage and water heating costs through conservation efforts. With the implementation of these new water-efficient fixtures, the University has the potential to significantly reduce water consumption and increase natural gas savings. “The Sustainability team, working with National Grid, spearheaded a project…

The inaugural “Wolf Ride Bike Share Challenge” has officially come to an end following one of the most successful months for Wolf Ride Bike Share ridership. After a tally by the Office of Sustainability, the Challenge’s first champion is David Zheng, who finished with a ride time of 5 hours and 9 minutes. The second and third place finishers were Benny Yang and Nicole Chan. Each top 3 finisher won the Wolf Ride Bike Challenge grand prize, which included a new bike helmet, t-shirt, hat and travel mug. During the month of October, students were encouraged to rent bikes from…

Nearing its one-year anniversary of implementation, Stony Brook’s tobacco-free policy, and accompanying campaign titled “An Air of Respect,” are already making a positive impact on the campus community. On November 13, Stony Brook’s Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) hosted a tobacco cleanup effort outside the Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library. Student volunteers collected and weighed a total of 2.1 pounds of tobacco-related waste, such as cigarette butts. The event replicated previous efforts to collect and weigh tobacco waste near the same area on campus. In November 2015, about one month before the tobacco-free policy was implemented, volunteers collected 14 pounds…

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