Sustainability Summit

Sustainability Leadership Summit

The Sustainability Leadership Summit is an annual event which brings together campus community for networking and learning opportunities.  All Cornell community members are welcome to participate! This event is free and is hosted in December each year. 

2019 Sustainability Leadership Summit

Tuesday December 17th, 2019, 1pm - 5pm

G10 Biotechnology Building
Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14850

Open to all Cornell campus community members

Registration for 2019 Summit

2019 Theme: Connecting for Impact

This year's theme, Connecting for Impact, invites the campus community to find new avenues for collaboration and shared passion to accelerate campus sustainability and culture change.  How can we work together and find new synergies between our topics, projects, and ideas to advance sustainability in campus operations, teaching & research in our living laboratory, and in our community-engaged service and research?

2019 Agenda 

Check-in the day of the event will open at 12:15pm in the atrium of G10 Biotechnology.
Please plan to arrive before the 1pm start time to check-in, socialize, and get coffee and snacks before the kick-off.

  • 1:00pm   Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Joe Martens, Director, New York Offshore Wind Alliance and former NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner 

    Welcome remarks by campus sustainability and Sustainable Cornell Council leadership, followed by keynote remarks from Joe Martens, Director of the New York Offshore Wind Alliance. NYOWA works to secure policies and programs that achieve New York State Governor Cuomo's goal of 9,000 MW of offshore wind power by 2035. 
  • 2:00pm  Connection through Collaboration: Networking Session

    In this interactive, fast-paced networking session, meet and greet with fellow attendees. Several units and initiatives will also be available for you to network with, to see the variety of sustainability projects and opportunities on Cornell’s campus happening today.  Find opportunities to get engaged with the topics you are passionate about, and connect with new initiatives and people who can collaborate on ideas and vision. Be sure to ask questions – this session is an opportunity for you to understand the landscape of campus sustainability projects & vision – get to know someone new! Snacks & coffee provided 
    For information on sharing a poster during this session, please contact no later than December 6th. 
  • 3:00pm Campus Energy & Earth Source Heat

    Briefing on Cornell's plans and work to date on carbon-neutral energy systems transformation.
  • 3:20pm Sustainable Campus Council Updates: Plans, Progress and Your Role

    The Leadership Team and co-chairs of the newly launched Sustainable Cornell Council Steering Committees will provide an update on work to date and plans for fulfilling the group's charge, with support from the Cornell community.   

  • 4:00pm Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award Winners & Staff Sustainability Champions Recognized

    The Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards (CUPSA) recognize 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. This years Staff Sustainability Champions will also be recognized. 
  • 4:15pm Bringing it All Together: Reflections 

    Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Sustainable Cornell Council senior leadership will facilitate an interactive discussion with participants on themes from the day and highlights of opportunities for the year ahead.  

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request accessibility and disability accommodations, please contact