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Junior Petar Odazhiev quit his internship position at the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability after leadership staff either resigned or were fired.

Environmental sustainability suffers from loss of leadership

By Lorien Tyne, Assistant News Editor February 16, 2022
Environmental efforts at IC are deteriorating, according to campus members who have experienced a lack of staffing support in sustainability efforts.
Sandra Steingraber is a distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. She is leaving Ithaca College following the finalization of the faculty cuts.

Commentary: A Farewell to Ithaca College after 18 years

By Sandra Steingraber March 3, 2021
It’s our contingent and NTEN faculty who are engaged in some of the most innovative, intersectional, progressive teaching on campus.
From left, seniors Seth Ormsby and Nina Ng sit in front of the greenhouse. Due to remote learning this semester, students in the aquaponics research group led by Paula Turkon, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, will not have access to hands-on learning in the greenhouse.

Remote fall semester delays student greenhouse research

By Arleigh Rodgers, Life & Culture Editor October 1, 2020
When Ithaca College senior Seth Ormsby returned home in the spring, his work and research at the college’s greenhouse halted abruptly.
Paula Turkon, right, in July 2019 in Durango, Mexico to sample wood from a 19th century Hacienda. Junior Rachel Volkin holds the sample as the professor-student pair collaborated with a team from Instituto Nacional de Anthropología e Historia.

Professor conducts research using trees in Mexico

By Krissy Waite, Staff Writer November 6, 2019
Paula Turkon, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, created a timeline to date changes in Northwestern Mexico.
Greg Lischke, director of the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability, said the college is on track with its plan for carbon neutrality by 2050, but the planet will likely reach a temperature threshold by 2030.

Climate Action Team proposes carbon neutrality by 2030

By Cody Taylor, Staff Writer September 11, 2019
Ithaca College’s Climate Action Plan Reassessment Team proposed changing its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 to 2030.
Susan Allen is researching the spread of microplastics in Cayuga Lake. Allen’s current research project is focused on the effect of microplastics on life in the southern end of Cayuga Lake. 

Professor researches microplastics in Cayuga Lake

By Alex Hartzog, Staff Writer September 11, 2019
Susan Allen, professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science at Ithaca College is researching microplastics in Cayuga Lake.
IC students hiked the Mayan archaeological sites Xunantunich and Caracol while on a cultural immersion in Belize. They learned about Mayan culture and traditions.

IC students explore Belize for cultural and environmental study

By Hannah Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer January 29, 2019
Following a night of camping in a national park in western Belize, Susan Allen-Gil, professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, and her students woke up to hike.
Senior Environmental Studies Major Sam Donato with the chess pieces he made out of fungi. Donato hopes his research can contribute to reducing societys reliance on plastics.

Student makes chess pieces out of fungi as plastic supplement

By Syndey O'Shaughnessy, Staff Writer April 12, 2017
Donato said that after the fungus grows into the shape he desires, he extracts it from the mold, dehydrates it in an oven and is left with a fully functional chess piece.
Students who live in the Sustainability Community, now known as the Organic Gardening and Cooking Community, cook food from the organic gardens on campus, including the one on the roof of Terrace Dining Hall that was planted in the Fall.

Residential sustainability community undergoes title change

By Falyn Stempler, Staff Writer February 6, 2017
I am really excited that this is a change a lot of the students wanted to make, and I am glad we are catering towards those interests,” Guter said.
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