Awards & Recognition for Sustainability

Cornell University honors sustainability leaders with awards programs that recognize the contributions made by members of the campus community to create a more just and sustainable campus, community, and world.


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Employee Awards: Sustainability Champions 

Sustainability Champion 

For Cornell employees. Nominations accepted on a rolling basis.

Sustainability Champions is an employee recognition program for faculty & staff to honor colleagues who exemplify Cornell University's commitment to sustainability. Make someone's day by honoring their leadership and initiative to catalyze change for a more sustainable campus and planet with actions big and small.

Monthly winners will receive prizes.  Uses Cornell's Appreciation Portal.


Student Awards: Student Sustainability Awards (formerly the Golden Gorge Awards)

Student Sustainability Awards

For student teams and individuals. Nominations accepted in Spring.

This annual awards ceremony celebrates students, organizations, events, projects, and advisors who have made notable contributions to sustainability on campus and beyond. Graduating students are recognized with green honor cords to wear during graduation to symbolize their years of sustainability service at Cornell.