Binghamton Community Lab hosts event: On May 21, the Binghamton Community Lab hosted a mixer and discussion titled, "Encouraging sustainable communities: Insights from public goods and common-pool resource economics." The Binghamton Community Lab is a gathering place for citizen investigators to engage in creating and supporting improvements that will grow a healthier, wealthier and stronger Binghamton region. David Sloan Wilson, distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University and founder of the Binghamton Neighborhood Project, joined with David Currie, director of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition to facilitate this series, held regularly on the third Tuesday of the month.
University celebrates Earth Day: On April 22, Binghamton University celebrated Earth Day with a zero waste festival from in Parking Lot F3, adjacent to the Events Center. In addition to food and music, attendees had the chance to take part in hands-on activities at student group tables and demonstrations. There were recycling races, seed-planting activities, a small-scale alpaca farm and exhibits from the Binghamton Zoo. Events were sponsored by the Office of Recycling and Resource Management and Sodexo Campus Services. Electricity needs were met by musician Crow Weaver and his solar-powered stage.
Binghamton receives NYSERDA award: On April 11, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recognized Binghamton with a High Performance Building plaque for exceptionally high energy efficiency at its Engineering and Science Building. The building is rated to perform 44 percent above the energy code, and energy efficiency measures save $370,000 in costs annually.
Engineer tests new solar materials: The irony is inescapable. A native of sun-drenched southern India, where daily high temperatures often exceed 100 degrees, discovers that one of the best places to pursue his interest in solar energy is an upstate New York community noted for its cloud cover. "Since childhood, I have been interested in energy sources that are nonpolluting and are abundant," says Siva P. Adusumilli, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. "I did some homework, and I found out about Binghamton University's Center for Autonomous Solar Power." Now Adusumilli is a doctoral student at Binghamton while working as a graduate research associate at the center known as CASP. His focus is on earth-abundant solar materials and nanomaterials. Read more
University Team works to improve wireless energy transfer: Suppose you need a sensor network — perhaps to monitor light, heat and moisture in a greenhouse, or maybe security on a multi-acre corporate campus or military facility. The environmentally friendly thing to do is to have each sensor powered independently, perhaps by a small solar panel. But it gets expensive to attach a generator of any kind to each sensor that's large enough to handle peak energy needs, when it won't need that energy much of the time. The network could use smaller, and cheaper, solar panels or other generators if the sensors could share their excess energy with their neighbors and ask for power when they need it, but all those wires are expensive and inefficient. Read more
Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies seminars
The department holds a weekly seminar series during the academic year.
Nature Preserve events
The Friends of the Nature Preserve sponsor several activities and events throughout the year.
Last Updated: 9/26/13