Creating a culture of sustainability at Cornell

Sustainability Teams or “green teams” are networks of individuals, and departments and units, working to create a culture of sustainability where they work and live on campus. Anyone can get involved. 

Teams follow and support campaigns in Think Big, Live Green (TBLG) a university-wide sustainability engagement program operating since 2014. Think Big, Live Green is a structured set of campaigns to encourage thoughtful decisions about environmental impact, and actions to built healthier communities and was designed using community-based social marketing principles. 

Join and gain the knowledge, tools and leadership skills to inspire sustainable practices in a fun and engaging environment. Campaigns are designed to help Cornell achieve carbon neutrality, sustainability goals, and to support the creation of responsible, diverse, and inclusive environments.


Join a Team

Join and gain the knowledge, tools and leadership skills to inspire sustainable practices in a fun and engaging environment. Teams are open to staff, faculty, and students and are geared towards change in the workplace, our buildings, and living spaces.  The following teams are currently working for a more sustainable campus:
 

Sustainability Leaders

Flying solo?  We have a program for you.  Sustainability Leaders are interested in promoting sustainability and wellbeing where they work. As individual actors or in small groups, Leaders receive monthly support for specific topics in Think Big, Live Green to design programs or projects around. Click the button to the right to join.

Sustainability Leader Network (SLN)

SLN acts as a unifying body for all solo and group sustainability teams across campus. Individuals may join this group and gain access to tools and insights from the campus network, and all members of college and unit teams are automatically joined. SLN is primarily a listserv for sharing ideas and best practices, with occasional opportunities for in-person networking meetings. Click the button to the right to join.

College and Unit Teams

Several units and colleges have formed a sustainability team specific to their organizational culture. Cornell has a goal of creating a sustainability team in every college or unit on campus. Teams are open to anyone within their college and unit. Everyone in a college and unit team is a Sustainability Leader, and can participate in the SLN. Click the button to the right to join.

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Main contact: Kristine Mahoney 

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CHE Building Energy Dashboard
Screen shot of CHE building energy dashboard

The College of Human Ecology has a Building Energy Dashboard that allows community members to explore energy use in the four CHE buildings, and track trends in sustainability.

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Main contact: Taylor Thompson

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Vet School Building Energy Dashboard

Screenshot of Vet School Building Energy Dashboard

The Vet School has a Building Energy Dashboard that allows community members to explore energy use in the four CHE buildings, and track trends in sustainability.

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Main contact: Alexa R. Varricchio 

More information coming soon.

Main contact: Michelle Artibee


Launch a Team

Interested in starting a team where you work? Contact the Sustainability Engagement Manager to get started. Teams are most successful when they start with 1-2 passionate individuals, work towards support from their senior leadership, and a willingness to adopt 1-2 projects per year to improve sustainability in the workplace.