Campus Sustainability Plan

Our vision and leadership commitments to sustainability...



The Campus Sustainability Plan is currently being updated to create a roadmap for sustainability at the Ithaca campus for the next five years. The plan will help guide our efforts from 2019-2026, and beyond. What is your vision for a sustainable campus and community? The plan is open to every member of the Cornell community for comment, reflection, and suggestions. Our Sustainability Plan is a blueprint for each of us to contribute to a sustainable future on our campus, in the community, and beyond.

Draft Plan 
Last updated: July 2018
Cornell University Campus Sustainability Plan - Draft Goals

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Are you a student interested in helping lead engagement for the plan? The creation of the Plan is stewarded by committees and focus teams of the President's Sustainable Campus Committee and feedback is open to all members of the Cornell community.

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About the Plan

Each of us has a role to play in re-imagining the way we learn, work, and lead our lives, integrating sustainability into the culture of the university. The Campus Sustainability Plan is a guiding document to support our goals and commitment to creating a sustainability living laboratory, and modeling innovation for a low-carbon, sustainable, and just future. 

Topics Addressed in the Plan:

  • Climate Leadership
    - Mitigation
    - Adaptation
  • Sustainable Campus & Beyond 
    - Buildings & Energy
    - Food
    - Land & Water
    - Transportation
    - Purchasing & Waste
    - Just & Equitable Community
  • Empowered Community
    - Literacy & Education
    - Culture of Sustainability
    - Leadership

Current Plan (2013-2018)

The 2013 sustainability plan for the Ithaca campus outlines strategies; governance and current efforts, including goals and targets for Focus Teams; grassroots initiatives; and opportunities ahead. From large-scale energy savings projects to small recycling endeavors, Cornell is a living laboratory where doers meet thinkers and learners.

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