SUNY New Paltz is dedicated to ecological sustainability and environmental education. We provide students with numerous opportunities to learn about pressing environmental issues while also striving to make the college a model of sustainable living. New Paltz has been recognized by the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for our commitment to these goals.
New Paltz is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org), a national program that facilitates the expansion of environmental education and research and seeks to improve environmental performance on college campuses. As part of the Climate Commitment New Paltz developed a campus Sustainability Plan, a blueprint for expanding environmental education and achieving carbon neutrality. From the installation of solar arrays, to local food procurement, to green building, recycling and composting, New Paltz has implemented several programs designed to bring us closer to a green and sustainable world.
SUNY New Paltz is committed to preparing students to face the ecological challenges that lie ahead. Many classes across the curriculum incorporate sustainability themes. Students can also pursue a degree in the environmental field. The Environmental and Geochemical Science major provides students with the technical expertise to obtain employment in the rapidly growing areas of environmental research and policy. The Environmental Studies minor offers an array of courses in the natural and social sciences designed to ensure a level of environmental literacy that is essential for citizens facing a growing ecological crisis.