The Campus Sustainability Office empowers, equips, and engages our diverse partners to catalyze a sustainable campus transformation. We envision Cornell University as a carbon neutral, living laboratory for sustainability innovation; a place where every Cornellian can make a positive impact on social, environmental, and economic progress
The Sustainable Campus Transformation Working with students, faculty, staff and community members:
- Catalyze and coordinate the multitudinous efforts across campus,
- Facilitate the President's Sustainable Campus Committee,
- Maintain the Cornell Sustainable Campus website,
- Report to STARS- a transparent, self-reporting framework for universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability,
- Respond to surveys from external groups that generate "sustainability ratings" on behalf of the university. These metrics also provide valuable insight into areas where Cornell is doing well, and areas where we can focus our efforts,
- Prepare reports, outreach materials, and other communications on behalf of the university.
The Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Transformation Working with E&S Utilities and Energy Management, and other units across campus advancing energy infrastructure:
- Coordinate and communicate sustainable energy efforts,
- Maintain, monitor progress, and advance the Climate Action Plan.
- Manage membership and conform to requirements of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
- Maintain a Greenhouse Gas Emission inventory.
Other sustainability groups at Cornell focus on research, scholarship, outreach, and external engagement. These include the Center for a Sustainable Future, many student groups, and initiatives facilitated by the Cooperative Extension. The sustainability "bridge" page on cornell.edu provides information about, and links to, many of these groups.
We manage, analyze, and interpret information from across Cornell to gain the in-depth knowledge needed to make our campus more sustainable.
Sustainable energy is a comprehensive approach including renewable energy sources and other technologies and strategies to reduce environmental impacts.
How has an institution of 30,000 people excelled in transforming "America's most beautiful college campus" into a learning laboratory for sustainability?
PSCC members - representing a cross-section of Cornell students, staff, and faculty - promote a culture of sustainability on campus and in our operations.