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Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh

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Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies of the Environment

The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh is an interdisciplinary unit consisting of geology, geography, environmental science, environmental studies, and ecology programs. With over 200 students and twenty faculty members, CEES offers a great diversity of courses with small class sizes. Ten academic programs within the center integrate courses across the disciplines.

Did You Know?

SUNY Plattsburgh established one of the first undergraduate environmental programs in the U.S. We have over 2,500 graduates. Over 60% of our students pursue undergraduate research projects with faculty mentors.

State-of the Art facilities

The center provides students with access to state-of-the-art laboratory and field facilities, including:


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Commemoration

Download the poster for the 50th anniversary of the wilderness actSUNY Plattsburgh, in cooperation with Clinton Community College and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a series of lectures and events Sept. 22–27, 2014.


The lecture series featured such speakers as Dave Gibson and Dan Plumley from Adirondack Wild, Chris Maron from Champlain Area Trails, and Tom Butler from the Northeast Wilderness Trust gave the keynote address. Documentaries such as the award-winning “Forever Wild,” and “The Resilient Ones: A Generation Takes on Climate Change” and a visit to Twin Valleys Outdoor Education and Recreation Center in Lewis, NY with outdoor guide and wilderness advocate Elizabeth Lee were also on the agenda.

“And although the ‘Resilient Ones’ is not necessarily Wilderness-themed, it will touch on some more contemporary threats to our local, regional and global environment. To my knowledge, this will be one of the first showings of this film about how young people can make a lasting impact on our climate.”

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Rugar Woods — Ecological Research Facility

Map of Rugar Woods trails. Click to see a larger version of the map.Rugar Woods is located on the Saranac River side of campus. The woods feature research areas, wildlife viewing points and recreational trails. View the Rugar Woods map at full size.


Mission Statement

The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh is dedicated to teaching, research and service in ecological, environmental, geographical and geological aspects of the world. We provide instruction and guidance to improve student understanding of local, regional and global environments. We also prepare students for careers in natural sciences, planning and management of the environment and sustainable development of human societies.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Center for Earth and Environmental Science, please contact:

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267
Email: [email protected]