Partnerships and collaboration across our community & region

Climate change and sustainable systems transformation are not challenges isolated to just one organization, or to our campus.  Cornell is fundamentally a partner in creating a more sustainable future and just community, and works alongside creative partners in Ithaca, Tompkins County, and our state and region to accelerate solutions impact.

Local Partners 

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Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)

Cooperative Extension (CCE) puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. CCE brings local experience and research-based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Tompkins County Energy Task Force

The Tompkins County Energy Task Force (ETF) provides guidance to the Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability and Legislature on energy, climate change, and energy-related economic development. Members of the Campus Sustainability Office serve on this Task Force. 

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Get Your GreenBack Tompkins

Get Your GreenBack Tompkins is a community-initiated and community-supported campaign that works to help people and organizations take key steps that reduce our community’s carbon emissions, save money and create a socially just local economy.

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Sustainable Tompkins

Sustainable Tompkins is a citizen-based coalition working towards a more sustainable regional community.  Projects focus on local carbon offsets, energy efficiency, climate protection, green purchasing, sustainable community development, green collar jobs, sustainable enterprise, greening heath care, and economic/ecological justice. 

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Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI)

Cornell was a founding member of the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) ​​​, an award-winning climate action and clean energy coalition in the Ithaca, NY area made up of community leaders from the education, business, local government, nonprofit, and youth sectors.

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Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Cornell and our community's local bus service provider, TCAT’s transports 1,000s of people to and from Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College as well as retail, entertainment, commercial, residential and professional centers.

Higher Education Partners

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NY Higher Education LSRE Project

Cornell is a founding member of the NY Higher Education LSRE Project consortium of more than 20 State University of New York (SUNY) and private NYS higher education institutions working together to procure new, large-scale renewable power development in New York state. NY Higher Education LSRE Project seeks to provide a cost-effective way for participating campuses to promote renewable energy generation to meet sustainability goals, create a risk mitigation strategy against volatile electric and gas prices, and provide academic and research opportunities.


New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYSCHE)

The NY Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) unites representatives of higher education and supporting organizations with a common interest to promote, sustain and advocate for environmental, economic and social responsibility as envisioned by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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REV Campus Challenge

The REV Campus Challenge is a membership-based network of two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities from all regions of NYS. Members recognize the unique position held by higher education institutions to further clean energy and declare their intent to further clean energy adoption through actions on campus, by training tomorrow’s leaders, and by working within their local communities.

By joining the REV Campus Challenge, Cornell has demonstrated its commitment to advancing clean energy initiatives, projects, and principles on campus, in the classroom, and in surrounding communities. For the purposes of the REV Campus Challenge, clean energy is inclusive of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy efforts.