Browsing: Sustainability

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…

It is commonly believed that population growth will be the dominant factor in determining water scarcity in the next few decades. However, a new study led by Political Science Professor Oleg Smirnov states that climate change — not population growth — will play the main role in predicting future exposure to extreme droughts. The study, The relative importance of climate change and population growth for exposure to future extreme droughts, was published in the journal Climatic Change and also includes the work of two other Stony Brook researchers, Professor Minghua Zhang and PhD student Tingyin Xiao from the School of Marine and Atmospheric…

The final numbers are in and Stony Brook had the best performance ever in RecycleMania 2016, an eight-week recycling competition that ended April 2. Out of more than 350 participating schools, Stony Brook placed first in the contest for total e-waste recycled with 101,580 lbs., and fifth in the contest in per capita e-waste recycled. In addition, Stony Brook beat every other participating SUNY school in six different categories. “I would like to thank all who participated and made this year’s contest such a remarkable success,” said Connell Friel, associate director of facilities. “A special note of thanks goes to our Recycling crew —…

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the second annual Food Lab Conference is being held once again at Stony Brook Southampton Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5, 2016. The focus of this year’s conference will be the “Future of Food—Trends, Tastes and Directions: Who’s Shaping Them and Where They’re Heading.” The keynote speaker for this year’s conference on Saturday, June 4, will be Chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC television’s The Chew and a former competitor and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. Speakers will include major TV personalities, print journalists, authors, and bloggers representing millions of readers. Some…

By combining genetic and anatomical data of extinct and living lemurs, a Stony Brook University team of evolutionary biologists has developed the most complete evolutionary tree of lemurs yet. Their findings could contribute to efforts to preserve endangered species. With extinct and living lemurs in a single evolutionary tree, scientists can better understand the evolution of these primates and what their future may be on earth. Their findings are published in the journal Systematic Biology. “With all living and extinct lemurs together in the same tree, we can begin to understand how evolution and extinction have worked in the past, and…