Center for Environmental Science
and Technology (CEST)

The Center for Environmental Science and Technology is a hub for environmental ideas, resources, services and actions. The CEST provides students with the skills and experiences needed for:


  • environmental actions and careers
  • generating knowledge that will help sustain a healthy environment
  • making positive environmental changes to our community and campus


The CEST brings together faculty from different academic departments, industry scientists and technicians, farmers, government officials, and agency professionals.  The collaboration of these experts, along with SUNY Cobleskill students, creates a dynamic center for study, research, and accomplishment.


CEST projects and activities encompass four functions: academics, research, community, and campus.



Academically, the Center offers a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Environmental and Energy Technologies (EET). In this degree program, students focus on one of three environmental specializations: water resources, renewable energy, or waste management.



The CEST is a center for research, as exemplified by our bioenergy gasification research project. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Energy, is investigating gasification as a means to power engines and produce electricity.. Another CEST-based research projects based project is helping to develop ways to capture the energy released during composting for useful purposes, such as heating buildings or water.



CEST faculty members are actively participating in community projects. For instance, Adnan Buxamusa, renewable energy professor, is the technical advisor for the Solar Works Schoharie effort. Solar Works Schoharie is making solar energy more affordable to the community by banding together property owners in a group. The collective group reduces the costs to the solar panel supplier who can then pass on the savings to the customers in the group. 



On campus, the CEST building itself is a tangible example of sustainable use of natural resources. For example, stormwater collected from the building's roof is stored and used for flushing toilets. The list of potential campus sustainability projects is long and almost inexhaustible – composting of cafeteria food wastes, improving recycling performance, renewable energy sources for buildings, new straw-bale buildings, heat from compost, reduced water use, zero-waste initiatives, etc. CEST is committed to making such campus projects happen, and through the efforts of students.


Contact Us

We welcome and appreciate ideas for sustainable campus projects or questions and suggestions for any part of the CEST program. Email us at Feel free to contact any of the CEST faculty and staff.