Cornell Sustainability History

Key Sustainability History at Cornell

President Rawlings signs Commitment to the Environment -1997
The first public commitment by Cornell to sustainability.

Cornell becomes 1st university to commit to the Kyoto Protocol for Carbon Reductions-2001
This action began Cornell’s move toward carbon reduction goals and paved the way for the 2007 Presidential commitment to achieve climate neutrality.

Redbud Woods timeline-2003-2006
The Redbud Woods agreement lead to the creation of the first Cornell Sustainability Coordinator paved the way for the eventual formation of the Cornell Campus Sustainability Office. The agreement also created a fund that was used to seed fund the formation of Ithaca Carshare.

Provost Task Force: Sustainability in the Age of Development-2006
This report lead to the formation of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.