Campus Sustainability Office
The Campus Sustainability Office is 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.
Business Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm M-F
Our office is located at 129 Humphreys Service Building, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853 (Map). Door 9 is the closest entry to the office in the building. We strongly recommend calling or emailing before visiting as our team is frequently "out and about" making sustainability happen outside the office!
Meet Our Team
Looking for support on a specific program or project? Check our Who should I contact? to find the right support. To learn more about us, meet our internationally recognized team and find the right person for your inquiry or project by checking the details bios below.
Robert R. Bland
P.E., Associate Vice President, Energy & Sustainability Department
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!
Sarah C. Zemanick
Director, Campus Sustainability Office
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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 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!
Sustainability Engagement Manager
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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
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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!
Sustainability Communications & Integration Manager
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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!
Communications Project Assistant
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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!
Isabella is our environmental communications innovator who works on blog posts, social media, and other communication campaigns. She is a senior double majoring in Communication and Biology & Society. Fun fact: Isabella studied wildlife conservation abroad in Tanzania last year and camped in national parks, like the Serengeti!
Contact Isabella about: story or event you would like to feature.
ECO/Student Engagement Coordinator
Cynthia works on student engagement initiatives to educate and empower students to engage in personal and collective sustainability on campus. She coordinates sustainability events and programs for new student orientation and serves as an active liaison between ECO, CSO, and Cornell's 40+ sustainability student organizations. Fun fact: Cynthia loves topographic maps!
As the STARS Coordinator, Megan collects sustainability data for Cornell University's annual STARS report. Fun fact: Megan is Wilderness First Aid certified!
Energy Dashboard Coordinator
Annie works with the Lucid building energy dashboard and works closely with Cornell’s Energy Management Team to maximize campus use of dashboard, including building relationships with building coordinators, Facilities Directors, and the Energy Conservation Controls Team (ECCT) team. Fun fact: Annie's lifelong dream is to eventually settle down in Antarctica
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, and Cornell's sustainability governance committees and implementation of the Cornell living laboratory for sustainability.
As an office within Facilities & Campus Planning, the CSO is a part of a values-based organizational framework which 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:
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:
- Each member of FCS is responsible for fostering an atmosphere characterized by dignity, respect, appreciation of diversity, and positive regard for all members of our community.
- Each member of FCS is accountable for their own behaviors and actions.
Committees We Serve On
Partnership and collaboration are central to our work. Rather than seeing service and committee representation as an obligation, the Campus Sustainability Office sees partnership through committee work as central to our ethos of community engagement and shared knowledge building. Here are some of the committees we work for and serve on in our community:
- Facilities & Campus Services Diversity Committee
- Facilities & Campus Services IT Executive Committee
- (Alumni Advisory Board) Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
- (Advisory Board) Get your GreenBack Tompkins
- (Advisory Board) AASHE Advisory Council
- (Executive Committee) New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education Steering Committee
- Tompkins County Energy Taskforce
- Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
- Ivy+ Sustainability Working Group