Environmental Sustainability

The college recognizes the leading role that institutions of higher education play in the movement towards a more environmentally sustainable nation. With outreach to more than 20,000 currently enrolled students, 70,000 alumni and 1,500 employees across 35 college locations throughout New York state and abroad, SUNY Empire State College has a remarkable opportunity to create an educational and behavioral model essential to fostering positive change in our communities.

Lunch and Learn Sessions

Virtual Lunch and Learn sessions are offered on various topics related to environmental sustainability.

All sessions begin at noon and end at 12:45 p.m. and are streamed live through ESC-TV. Participants viewing via ESC-TV can ask questions in real time by emailing sadie.ross@esc.edu.

The general public can access the Lunch and Learn sessions through ESC-TV.

Empire State College employees are invited to listen to the sessions using video conference equipment in reserved rooms at each center. Employees wishing to participate through Jabber should contact sadie.ross@esc.edu.

All sessions are recorded and available for viewing at any time after the initial air date at Lunch and Learn 2013-14.

A few sessions have handouts.

Note: You will need Adobe Reader to read PDF documents. If it is not installed on your computer, download it for free from Adobe.

Please RSVP for each session to sadie.ross@esc.edu, so the committee knows which topics are of the greatest interest to participants.

Date TopicSpeaker 
March 20  Juice'n to Improve Your Health Clara LaPort, assistant to the dean, Long Island Center 
April 17 

Surviving the Chaos: Creating Meaningful Lives and Rewarding Work in an Environment of Change

Himanee Gupta-Carlson, assistant professor and area coordinator, Center for Distance Learning. Susan Jefts, mentor, Center for Distance Learning
May 15  Turn up the Heat: Cooking Chili with Soul  John M. Beckem II, assistant professor and mentor,
Center for Distance Learning
June 19 Going Beyond the Backyard Garden: An Introduction to Small Scale Farming John Hughes, director of media production 
July 17  TBA  
August 21 Cooking like Royalty with Rosemary and Wallis: Explore the basics of good cooking Timothy Cosgriff, assistant to the dean, Genessee Valley Center
September 18  Hunting deer to manage a healthy forest Matt Ross, deer biologist, Quality Deer Management Association 

Reserved Rooms

The sessions will be streamed live to rooms reserved at locations across the college.

College LocationDatesRoom Number
NFC all 308

4/17; 5/15; 6/19; 8/21; 9/18

 3/20 and 7/17 


Participants will need to connect via Jabber or ESC-TV

HVCALS  all 632
LIC all Blue Room
CNYC all 330
HVC all 1
Metro all 553

All except 7/17/14.



Participants will need to connect via Jabber or ESC-TV on

2 Union

All except 4/17




113 West

3/20; 6/19; 7/17; 8/21 

 4/17  142


9/18  Participants will need to connect via Jabber or ESC-TV