Campus Sustainability Director Wins Cornell Cornerstone Award

Sarah Zemanick leads the Campus Sustainability Office...

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William Sitzabee, Interim Vice President of  Infrastructure, Properties and Planning and  Cornerstone award winner Sarah Zemanick, Director of the Cornell Campus Sustainability Office (Jason Koski / Cornell Marketing Group)
William Sitzabee, Interim Vice President of Infrastructure, Properties and Planning and Cornerstone award winner Sarah Zemanick, Director of the Cornell Campus Sustainability Office (Jason Koski / Cornell Marketing Group)

Sarah Zemanick, Director of the Cornell Campus Sustainability Office was recognized at the 9th Annual Infrastructure Properties and Planning (IPP) Employee Celebration in Bartels Hall on Tuesday June 13th, 2017 for her tireless commitment towards promoting sustainability within Cornell University and Tompkins County. Following nominations from a number of colleagues, who recognized her as, “a courageous and tough advocate for the sustainability mission and integrity of our campus climate goals”, Sarah was awarded the annual IPP Cornerstone Award, for excellence in service to the organization and consistently providing quality output in work activities and going above and beyond the call of work duties.

Over the course of the last year (2016-2017), Sarah has mobilized New York’s Coalition of On-Site Renewable Users (CORE) for the protection of renewable energy credits for developers, non-profits, and educational institutions, including Cornell University. She has also successfully led the development of Cornell’s solar farms, including bringing three new sites online at Harford Ruminant Center, and Musgrave East & West. Solar now provides 7% of campus energy needs for Cornell’s Ithaca Campus. Sarah’s accomplishments followed continuous hard work, including navigating statewide meetings and advocating for the rights and importance of renewable energy development by private citizens and businesses across the state.

Sarah has enhanced Cornell’s image through her public outreach efforts, her conversations and work with colleagues, and her excellent leadership work in representing and balancing the interests of individuals, industry, nonprofits, and government in order to work towards a more sustainable future.

The Campus Sustainability Office is proud to have the work of Sarah Zemanick recognized.

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