The heart of Cazenovia College’s environmental and sustainability efforts lies with engaging and energizing students, the campus community, and local entities and community members. The College recognizes the importance of holistic participation by the entire Cazenovia community and prides itself in taking an active role in working towards a sustainable future both on-campus and in the community.


  • Visit the Tree Campus Higher Education program page
  • Earned annually since 2008    
  • Tree planting on campus & beyond  
  • Campus arboretum
  • Raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings
  • Release into promising habitat

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For more than 20 years, Cazenovia College has sponsored an annual volunteer cleanup of Chittenango Creek’s banks in and around Cazenovia. The Environmental Club has led the effort since 2009, but the event is also co-sponsored by several local organizations with environmental interests, including the Madison County Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Caz Scout Troop #18, Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, as well as Caz College’s Fishing Club. The event is held on a Saturday in early or mid-April, oftentimes during Earth Day weekend, and brings volunteers of all ages from around the Cazenovia area together to take action at a local scale. After meeting in the parking lot of Buyea’s Hardware Store on Albany Street (and sometimes after a few doughnuts) at 10 AM, gloves and garbage bags are made available to attendees to borrow. Students work alongside community members to pick up trash alongside and from in the creek. Several hundred pounds of trash are picked up each year, including everything from tires to single-use plastic utensils. Once the trash is bagged, it is hauled by the Environmental Club to dumpsters on campus. The event usually lasts about 2 hours and draws around 50 people each year. All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised by a guardian at all times. Given the nature of cleaning up trash, it is recommended that volunteers wear boots and clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty.
Some past articles about the annual Chittenango Creek clean-up:

Creek Clean Up Caz Republican Article
















2010: Trout Unlimited, Caz College, Boy Scouts and more team up to clean up Chittenango Creek
2013: Annual clean-up and seedling planting events attract large turnout on Earth Day
2014: Helpers of all ages sought for annual Chittenango Creek clean-up
2015: Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up coming April 18
2018: Chittenango Creek Clean-up