Awards & Recognition for Student & Employee Excellence

Cornell University honors sustainability leaders with three key events to celebrate the efforts of our students, staff, faculty and broader community members.

CUPSA Award winners from 2018 pose together on Ho Plaza
CUPSA Awards are given to students, teams, faculty, staff, and community partners.

Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards 

Nominations accepted on a rolling basis through February 

Recognizing individuals and teams who have exemplified the sustainability values of Cornell, made significant and notable contributions to the sustainable development and social equity of the Cornell campus, or displayed outstanding partnership for advancing sustainability within our campus and community. 


Brian Hurley, staff winner of the champion award in 2018
Brian Hurley is one of the Staff Sustainability Champions who has been recognized through the programs

Staff Sustainability Champions

Nominations accepted on a rolling basis year round

Staff Sustainability Champions spotlights staff who exemplify Cornell University's commitment to sustainability, and have shown leadership and initiative to catalyze change for a more sustainable campus and planet with actions big and small. 


Golden Gorge Awards Logo
For students, by students.  Nominate someone for an accolade today!

Golden Gorge Awards

Spring ceremony for graduating seniors and other student leaders

This annual award ceremony launched in Spring 2018 as a way to celebrate graduating seniors. Students who pledge to commit to lifelong sustainability earn Green Honor Tassels to wear during graduation and the ceremony recognizes student leadership in sustainability across all areas of the campus.