Campus Sustainability Office
The central coordinating unit responsible for connecting and supporting sustainability and climate change leadership goals, collaborations, and support coordination for the campus sustainability governance bodies.
The Campus Sustainability Office is Cornell University's central coordinating unit for all things campus sustainability - from operations and climate neutrality to engagement programs, campus culture, and support for living laboratory research and teaching. Our mission is to equip, empower, and engage our campus community to co-create tomorrow's sustainable, carbon-neutral campus. Our award-winning, internationally acclaimed team includes leaders in higher education sustainability. The CSO serves the Ithaca, NY campus.
Get in Touch
Visit: 129 Humphreys Service Building, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853 (Google Maps)
Door 9 is the closest entry. Limited in-person hours during COVID-19
Phone: +1.607.254.8722 | 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday | Contact information for staff below
Sustainable Campus is our social media and engagement brand, encompassing all of the partners and programs working to advance Cornell's sustainable campus and culture. Our office coordinates and shares key news, opportunities, and events.
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Our Values and Team
Sarah Carson Zemanick
Director, Campus Sustainability Office
Sarah is the Director of the Campus Sustainability Office with a vision for Cornell as a carbon-neutral living laboratory for sustainability innovation. Sarah has spent her career in the field of environmental compliance and sustainability in higher education. Her educational background is in environmental science and policy. As part of her current role, she leads Cornell’s renewable electricity supply projects, and is active in NY state energy policy related to renewable energy generation. Fun fact: Sarah's first job included driving a garbage truck to pick up recycling!
Robert "Bert" R. Bland
Associate Vice President, Energy & Sustainability
Bert leads the teams that operate the Ithaca campus district energy system and produce the Climate Action Plan for a carbon neutral campus by 2035. He also manages energy and sustainability plans for the new Cornell Tech campus in Manhattan. He began his career as an environmental/energy engineer in the oil industry and then pursued research in the conversion of waste biomass to fuel ethanol. Bert is a Cornell grad; BS & MS Cornell engineering ’74 and ’80; Cornell MBA ’96. Fun fact: Bert owns an electric bike and is a competitive sprinter!
Assistant Director, Campus Sustainability Office
Sarah Brylinsky is responsible for leading strategic partnerships and deep systems change across the University as well as high level internal and external communications on campus sustainability. Sarah B. leads Cornell's efforts in strategic planning and systems change, and the implementation of the living laboratory for sustainability. Connect with her for support with living laboratory projects and ideas, business or systems level sustainability projects, public speaking, or communications needs. Fun fact: Sarah has completed a solo trek of Mt. Everest!
Sustainability Engagement Manager
Kim works to engage, educate, and empower all members of the campus community to individually and collectively participate in climate change and sustainable behavior change. Kim supports the Green Teams, Sustainability Leaders, and the Cornell Big Red Energy Scoreboard. She implements major engagement campaigns for Think Big, Live Green. Fun fact: Kim has lived in / managed 18 residential communities at Cornell!
Careen M. Arsenault
Careen supports the Associate Vice President, budget, HR, event support, and other administrative functions of the Energy & Sustainability department, of which the Campus Sustainability is a part of. Careen leads reporting on sustainability including STARS, Princeton Review, and Sierra Club, and assists with management of the Green Office & Green Lab program. Fun fact: Careen used to be a volunteer EMT for her local community!
Communications Project Assistant
Lisa is the webmaster and newsletter coordinator and supports other strategic tasks that support the sustainability mission. Lisa provides core support for communication outreach including listserv management, social media, and more. Fun fact: Lisa’s favorite movie is Ishtar!
As the STARS Coordinator, Dani collects sustainability data for Cornell University's annual STARS report. Fun fact: Dani enjoys scuba diving.
Alora Erin Michelle Cisneroz
As a Sustainability Communications Fellow, Erin will be working on the 2021 update of Cornell’s Climate Action Plan. She will be strategizing with the rest of the communications team to create engaging communications campaigns to bring about a more sustainable campus. Fun fact: Erin is an avid crocheter!!
Emma Rose Goldenthal '22
R5 Sustainability Coordinator
Emma will foster relationships with service organizations on campus to provide large-scale re-use and waste management events.
Sustainability Communications Content Specialist
As a Sustainability Content Specialist, CALS alumni (21’) intern Natalie researches, writes, and edits web content in an effort to engage, inform, and educate the greater Cornell community about Cornell’s groundbreaking sustainability initiatives. Fun fact: Natalie loves playing tennis and hiking with her yellow Labrador named Norris.
Andrea Miramontes Serrano '24
Sustainability Student Engagement Coordinator
Andrea will be working to maximize campus use of dashboard, and will coordinate student sustainability events and activities.
The mission of the Campus Sustainability Office is to equip, empower, and engage our diverse campus partners in creating a more sustainable Cornell. Our focus on collaboration and empowerment enables a small team of staff to support 1,000s of projects each year. Our scope of work includes coordination of projects large and small, including overseeing the Climate Action Plan, Campus Sustainability Plan, engagement programs, campus operational initiatives, sustainability governance committees and implementation of a living laboratory for sustainability.
Our office is part of a values-based organizational framework in Facilities & Campus Services that strives to uphold and embody the following core values:
Truth: We say what we mean and do what we say
Respect: We treat people as we want to be treated
Excellence: We strive to be the best
Teamwork: Together we achieve more
Integrity: We do the right thing
In addition, the Campus Sustainability Office has adopted three more values that guide our work:
Service: To others, the planet, and a sustainable future
Joy: For the opportunity to create a better present and future
Generosity: We share in abundance our knowledge, support, and collaboration
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
We are a values-based team committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, embracing diversity, and treating each other with respect. Our organizational values represent our expectations of how we work together to serve the University community and create a climate in which all staff can thrive and grow. As members of the Facilities & Campus Services Team, we are committed to the following statement of responsibility.
People. Prosperity. Planet. Purpose. These four impact areas comprise Cornell's "quadruple bottom line" sustainability framework.
Cornell has embraced a sustainability framework that incorporates the three key areas of environment, economy, and equity (which we call planet, prosperity, and people), and adds a fourth area of consideration which helps us examine how we can best contribute to a more sustainable world as an educational institution - our purpose. This Quadruple Bottom Line Sustainability Framework is both an "ethos" for how we consider sustainability as part of our campus education and operations, but also a tool for decision making that can be used by anyone on campus.
We are working to integrate this decision-making framework across all University systems. This will help individuals examine the real costs of our choices, and make better decisions for today and the health of our planet and people for the future. This "sustainability framework" can help every unit make better decisions about the benefits and costs of a project, purchase, or process.