Assembly Resolutions on Sustainability

Cornell has a unique system of shared Governance called the Assemblies. Chartered by the President with delegated authority from the Board of Trustees, the Assemblies serve as advisory bodies to the administration, representing matters of concern and constituent interests to University leadership. The assemblies formally advise the administration and recommend changes to policies through legislative processes articulated in their respective charters.

You can make an impact by working with your Assembly representatives to champion or help craft resolutions on sustainability, or get involved by joining one of the Assemblies.

Read about Cornell's history of divestment which began with student activism.

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Recent Assembly Resolutions

  • 10/11/2018 Student Assembly R14: Increasing the Minimum LEED Certification
    Adopted by the Assembly 
    This resolution urges the Board of Trustees to increase the minimum LEED certification from Silver to Platinum for campus buildings in the Climate Action Plan and conduct an Environmental Impact Statement for the North Campus Residential Expansion..

Past Assembly Resolutions

  • 04/16/2017 Graduate and Professional Student AssemblyR13: Cornell Commitment to Web Accessibility
    Adopted by the Assembly
    The resolution echoes EA Resolution 4 and UA Resolution 6, calling for the University to adopt a web content accessibility policy to be applied to all new websites, and to legacy websites upon major update. This will further the university’s commitment to inclusion, and bring us closer to becoming a welcoming campus for individuals with disabilities.

  • 11/20/2016 Graduate and Professional Student Assembly R7: In Support of Making Cornell a Sanctuary Campus
    Adopted by the Assembly
    This is a resolution declaring the GPSA’s collective support for a petition made public on Friday November 18, 2016 calling for Cornell administration to declare Cornell University a “Sanctuary Campus” in the wake of claims made by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers concerning potential immigration policy. According to the petition, as a sanctuary campus, Cornell would declare its intent to not cooperate with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts to locate members of the Cornell community and commit to guaranteeing funding for DACA students.