Mark A. Bremer

  • Faculty
  • Lecturer of Biology, Green Team Chair
  • Donovan G169, SECON 411
  • Utica, NY
Phone Number
  • 315.792.7437
Office Hours
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Mark earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colorado College in 2001. Mark has been teaching various biology courses for SUNYIT since 2005. Mark became a certified Campus Sustainability Leader through the University of Vermont Summer Institute for Global Sustainability in July, 2011. Mark became accredited as a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction through the U.S. Green Building Council in June, 2014.

SUNY Poly Office Donovan G169

St.Elizabeth College of Nursing 411

Phone  315-792-7437


Important Links   SUNY Poly Green Team, my SUNY Poly blog, Green Explored blog


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My research interests involve improving sustainability education and campus operations, especially related to renewable energy applications. On the education side, my goals are to increase access to both formal classroom and informal outreach tools that provide interactive learning experiences for students in secondary schools and higher education settings. On the campus operations side, I aim to develop and employ renewable energy applications that increase overall efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and turn waste products into useful energy.


SUNY Small Grant Sustainability award - Sustainability Path (Final Report)

SUNY IITG recipient Tier 2 award - Integration of Virtual and Real Equipment Learning Tools Related to Sustainability Education (Project Website)


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  1. Bremer, Mark; Hoffmeyer, Phillip; Van Knowe, Glenn; Yucel, Ibrahim. Integration of Virtual and Real Equipment Learning Tools Related to Sustainability Education. In Preparation.
  2. Vaughan, Christopher; Bremer, Mark and Fiona Dear. Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)(Pssitaciformes: Psittacidae) Parental Nest Visitation in Costa Rica: Implications for Research and Conservation.  International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation. Vol. 57 (1-2): March-June 2009.
  3. Bremer, Mark A. 2004. Indicators of Acid Stress in Northeastern Forest Soil Methane-Oxidizing Communities. Master of Science Thesis at Syracuse University.


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Green Team Projects Underway (please contact me if you want to help)

Set up energy efficiency Green Project Fund.

Solar photovoltaic installation on roof of Wildcat Field House.

Complete a STARS report for the campus.

Develop a comprehensive Sustainability Plan for the campus.

Develop a Climate Action Plan (includes biannual GHG emissions inventory update, plan and timeframe to reduce emissions, date to reach carbon neutrality) to enable ACUPCC signature.

Engage students in PowerShift NY energy actions.


Green Team Projects Completed

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps volunteer action (5/16/15)

I Love My Park Day volunteer action (5/2/15)

Worked with OHSWA to implement campus-wide adoption of single stream recycling (8/18/14).

Added bicycle rack at Mohawk Residence Hall (2014).

Faculty workshop for infusing sustainability into curriculum (6/3/14).

State Park Clean Up Day volunteer action (5/3/14).

Installed electric vehicle charging stations (11/2013).

Completed waste audit of mixed-use administrative/academic building (Kunsela Hall)  (4/24/13).

Completed first-ever Inventory of SUNYIT Greenhouse Gas Emissions (12/2011).

Lights-Off stickers deployed in Donovan Hall (2012).

Launched campus carpooling network 511NYRideshare (2012).

Competed in Campus Conservation Nationals residence hall energy and water challenge (April 2012, 2013, 2014). 2014 Power of SUNY competition against U Albany, Stony Brook, and New Paltz (4/4/14 - 4/25/14).

Local food day (Earth Day 2013, 2014).

Organized Sustainable Tour D'Utica climate action and awareness bicycle rides (2011, 2012).

Promoted Dark Green Days powerdown events (2012, 2013, 2014).

Relayed articles from Climate Change Information Project (2012, 2013).

Hosted LEED Building Showcase for USGBC Green Apple Schools Day of Service (September 2012, 2013).

Participated in EcoChallenge Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction (October 2012, 2013, 2014).

New Course in Sustainability: Bio 106 Solutions for a Sustainable World (2012).


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Exercise Food Sustainability. Earth Day panel discussion forum. State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, Utica, NY. April 22, 2015.

Integration of Virtual and Real Equipment Learning Tools Related to Sustainability Education.  Presented for the SUNY Sustainability Conference. State University of New York Oswego, Oswego, NY. September 29, 2014.

Beyond LEED: Living Buildings.  Presented for the SUNYIT President's Opportunity Fund for Faculty and Staff Development Award. State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, NY. April 23, 2014.

SUNYIT Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.  Presented to SUNYIT Administration. State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, NY. December 15, 2011.

Sustainability Action Plan.  Sustainability Open Forum. State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, NY. September 21, 2011.


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