Sustainable Enterprise Partnership, Carrier celebrate collaboration


At a luncheon on Wednesday, May 16, the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP) joined with representatives from Carrier Corp. to celebrate five years of successful collaboration in curriculum development, research and stewardship through the SEP. At the luncheon, it was announced that continued support from Carrier in the amount of $35,000 will support the LEED® boot camp program for Syracuse University graduate students participating in the SEP’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise (CASSE).

sepThe LEED®—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—boot camp was piloted last week to prepare CASSE students for the LEED Green Associate exam—a valuable professional credential intended for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in nontechnical fields of practice. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

"The CASSE program is designed to give students from a wide variety of disciplines a solid understanding of what sustainable enterprise means in general, and also specifically in the context of their particular discipline," says SEP Faculty Director Elet Callahan. “The boot camp program is a valuable addition to our courses.”

Since the SEP’s inception in 2006 and with this fifth gift, Carrier has provided more than $175,000 to the SEP for curriculum and course content development.  John Mandyck ’89, G’92, Carrier’s chief sustainability officer, presented the check to SU’s Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina at the luncheon.

In presenting Carrier’s latest sponsorship check to the SEP, Mandyck noted the long history between Carrier and SU.  “Carrier and SU are united in a common belief that education creates opportunity, that’s why we have been so pleased to provide nearly $19 million in support to the University since 1979 to advance scholarships, educational initiatives, athletic department programs and tuition benefits for our employees,” he says.

Mandyck received a bachelor’s degree in policy studies from SU in 1989, and a master of public administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1992. He is also a past member of The College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, and SU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The SEP is a collaborative initiative of the Whitman School of Management, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), and provides world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise by leveraging the academic, public and private sector resources of Central New York and beyond to address this significant and growing area of concern for businesses and other organizations.

For more than 20 years Carrier has led the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry with sustainable solutions to advance energy efficiency and ozone protection, all while minimizing the environmental impact of its manufacturing operations. Starting in 2007, the company pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by 3 percent each year. In 2009, Carrier factories in Charlotte, N.C., and Huntington, Ind., became only the 10th and 11th in the world at that time to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® green building rating for existing buildings. Extending its leadership to the global community, Carrier is the only company in the world to be a founding member of the U.S., China and India Green Building Councils.

-- by Sara Miller, SU News