About Campus Sustainability at Cornell University
Our path to sustainability and carbon neutrality requires the work of hundreds of individuals on campus every day. Learn more about the teams who help support and engage in this work.
The work of creating a climate secure and sustainable future requires many perspectives, people, and partnerships. Our mission to equip, empower, and engage our diverse campus partners in creating a more sustainable Cornell enables a small team of staff to support thousands of projects each year.
Our scope of work includes coordination of projects large and small, overseeing the Climate Action Plan, Campus Sustainability Plan, and Cornell's sustainability governance committees, and implementation of the Cornell living laboratory for sustainability.
Taking on climate and systems change requires new ways of thinking. Three main frameworks guide our work.
The Sustainability Framework is a decision-making framework for transitioning our business systems to a quadruple bottom line. Think Big, Live Green is our engagement campaign to live, lead, and learn sustainability in every facet of our lives. Our 8 Focus Areas ensure progress across the interconnected areas of sustainability.
Committees & Leadership
Two groups work to ensure campus-wide collaboration on sustainability and carbon-neutral action items. The President's Sustainable Campus Committee (PSCC) is the main governance body overseeing campus sustainability in buildings & energy, food, land & water, materials management, living laboratory, human wellbeing, transportation, and climate mitigation, adaptation, and literacy. The Senior Leaders Climate Action Group (SLCAG) is comprised of senior administration and key faculty, staff, and students to oversee 9 major priorities in the Climate Action Plan.
Cornell's Assembly Governance also works to advance sustainability, as do our Green Teams.