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Cornell is a global leader in sustainability and climate change research, teaching and engagement. Our campuses are living laboratories for developing, testing and implementing solutions that address these most challenging issues.

Thought Leaders in Sustainability

Environmental history

Aaron Sachs studies how ideas about nature have evolved over time and works to bring diverse perspectives to complex environmental issues.

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Urban horticulture

Nina Bassuk explores the impact of urban environments on plant physiology, including soil modification and transplanting technology.

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NYS Water Resources Institute

Susan Riha studies interaction of plants with their physical environment, such as the impact of flooding or of soil drying on plant growth and water use.

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Sustainable food systems

Rachel Bezner Kerr works on the broad themes of sustainable agriculture, food security, health, nutrition and social inequalities.

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Sustainability communications

Jeff Niederdeppe examines the effects of mass media and news coverage on climate change in shaping health behavior, disparities, and social policy.

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Renewable and unconventional energy

Robert Howarth has studied global warming for 40 years, particularly the impact of methane gas emissions on the environment.

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Wildlife and human health

Steve Osofsky works on the deeply intertwined relationships among sustainable conservation, system resilience, economic development, and human health.

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Oceanic climate change

Bruce Monger uses satellite remote sensing methods to study environmental controls of oceans, and teaches a world-renowned training program for ocean remote sensing.

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@CornellDyson

No matter your future career goals, sustainability will continue to be relevant, and increasingly so. Dean @lpwooten shares her thoughts on #sustainability at @Cornell and #CornellDyson https://t.co/eJuevbs8m0

@Cornell

RT @engagedcornell: Happy to have the Engaged Scholar Prize recipient speak at the #Sustainability Leadership Summit for the 2nd year in a row! Thanks to @Shorna1 and thanks to @SustainCornell! https://t.co/nRbs88aT1b

@AtkinsonCenter

“Indigenous people around the world are incredibly important when we think – in terms of climate change and impact – about what is happening to our planet,” said Atkinson Fellow & keynote speaker Shorna Allred at Cornell’s Sustainability Leadership Summit. https://t.co/BQEEhMGYUI https://t.co/mfM1tUSMpe

@CornellSGE

Congratulations to Keith Devas, @SabBellizzi, Allison Latham, & Marco DeLeon for placing 2nd in the 2018 Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition! #sustainability #mba #competition @CornellMBA https://t.co/j8UYbGNK11

@AtkinsonCenter

Atkinson Fellow Karim-Aly Kassam is leading a workshop on science diplomacy on Dec. 11. Three Cornell graduate and undergrad students will attend with Atkinson support because we are committed to cultivating the next generation of sustainability leaders. https://t.co/JrTbt8FUaz https://t.co/yz4qCltQCu

@AtkinsonCenter

Watch Atkinson Fellow Gerald Torres at #COP24 discuss the ways Cornell is working with stakeholders and indigenous communities to ensure university research makes a difference in the world. @cornell #sustainability #CornellLaw https://t.co/3erDFighEe https://t.co/tw3wqSEju3

@AtkinsonCenter

Check out this write-up of a Cornell panel on science and policy at #COP24, featuring Atkinson Fellow Allison Chatrchyan. @cornell #sustainability https://t.co/ESt1iTuxST https://t.co/OhXpa3EGi5

@CornellSGE

Sustainability means more than just doing good, for it can also be good for business. Read more about the benefits of corporate #sustainability here. https://t.co/vKkGLBPxlG #environment @SustainCornell @AtkinsonCenter @CornellMBA

@CornellEng

When we discuss renewable energy and sustainability, why do we turn to Iceland? https://t.co/DrZr33JFxB https://t.co/Zpgaxn1F1d

@AtkinsonCenter

In the early 1980s, Peter Gabriel sang “Shock the Monkey.” But about 15 years ago, he became more interested in playing music with bonobos instead, he said at the “Apes and Sustainability” forum organized by Atkinson SSHA Fellow Laurent Dubreuil. https://t.co/T2vPJahqTm https://t.co/q3QoDtMpQ2

@SustainCornell

And thanks to our Grounds Department, who are committed to sustainability, we're using less salt and less harmful materials to keep our sidewalks and walkways clean and safe for our community. ❄️ https://t.co/3qhnCU2Xz7

@SustainCornell

Can we achieve #sustainability development & combat #climatechange? Are there tradeoffs? Find out this and other new insights from @CornellCALS Natalie Mahowald tomorrow November 29, 2018 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Weill Hall 226. https://t.co/qpcOXuiumP https://t.co/9rzeS8BCtQ

@SustainCornell

One workshop is sold out! Have you registered? There are still a few spots left for next week's free professional development workshops on #sustainability skills for the workplace. https://t.co/USvw7fKdus (Open to members of the Cornell community). https://t.co/lRi6DwZ7Fo

@SustainCornell

Looking for a new pod? You're missing out if you haven't added @downtoearth_pod to your queue. Down to Earth is a new climate and #sustainability podcast on campus from a student's perspective. https://t.co/IIMWue814F

@CornellSGE

Congrats to @CornellMBA for being ranked #2 on @EduniversalEEA Best Masters Ranking for corporate responsibility! See the full list here https://t.co/2BqSUlUGgn @Cornell #sustainability #business

@CornellSGE

Our final speaker for our Leaders in SGE speaker series is Thomas McQuillan @BaldorFood. Join us as we wrap up for the semester with a talk on #sustainability & #food! https://t.co/2yjozP5ZjF

@CornellSGE

For our Leaders in SGE Speaker Series Quinn Kanaly & Noel Dockstrader showed us a film that raised awareness on advancements in #sustainability through #technology & #renewables. Read more about the film https://t.co/IysfpSYHG2 @SustainCornell @AtkinsonCenter @CornellMBA

@SustainCornell

The Global Grand Challenges Symposium discussed climate change, social injustice, mass extinction, & sustainable food production as some of the major challenges facing humanity, and how @Cornell can be a big part of solutions. #sustainability https://t.co/2I5tra8KOS https://t.co/p7K9Gk9Rh8

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @GenMeredith: David Lodge speaking about the importance of intergenerational #equity, achievable by focusing on #Sustainability. @AtkinsonCenter @CornellMPH https://t.co/PYL32fslui

@SustainCornell

This week's “What Makes Us Human” podcast examines what motivates people to care for Earth’s creatures and its places. #sustainability #climatechange https://t.co/r6ZRcypHlD https://t.co/kXVmqaYcjI

@SustainCornell

Happy America Recycles Day! ♻ Need a refresh on how to dispose of goods on campus? The rules are changing, and @Cornell's waste is in your hands - help us meet our sustainability goals & check new rules, or get posters and signage materials at https://t.co/7tKxSPzbOv. https://t.co/xhmGOo8nau

@SustainCornell

Students - what could you do with $3,000 for a clean energy idea? Applications are due December 14th for New York State to present revolutionary #sustainability #cleanenergy ideas in the 'Transforming Our Tomorrow' competition. https://t.co/ewCJjzm1u1 https://t.co/0QffOuHOkM

@AtkinsonCenter

Join us tomorrow for “Apes and Sustainability,” a forum organized by Laurent Dubreuil — a 2018-19 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts fellow at the Atkinson Center — that will explore new perspectives on preserving great apes in sustainable ways. https://t.co/ESxgY3r4ng https://t.co/BlGQMhNVyp

@CornellMedia

Paul Mutolo @AtkinsonCenter in the @timesunion on infrastructure and #NYS carbon-free future. "We're on the right track, right? Wrong. We don't have the local markets [sustainable energy] companies need to sell and grow here." #sustainability #energy https://t.co/Elah2F0o0S

@CornellSGE

We are excited to get an introduction on @Planetreboot 's latest work. Read more about the journey that led to her book Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet here https://t.co/4S02FFcl06 #sustainability #tourism #resources #environment

@CornellSGE

RT @CornellMBA: Jason Buselli, #MBA ’19, shares the similarities he found between the #military and #sustainability challenges while developing a commercialization strategy for new technology in #Kenya @CornellSGE #VeteransDay https://t.co/F3J6XGi1st

@SustainCornell

Climate change, #sustainability, local challenges, theatre. 🎭 You won't want to miss an opportunity to be part of something this big. @CivicEnsemble @CornellPMA @engagedcornell https://t.co/WLEcnffQBE

@SustainCornell

Mario Cucinella's expertise in sustainable architecture and urban regeneration practices ranges from individual residences to urban master plans. Join his talk on November 19th "Energy Linked to Spaces: Architecture, Nature, Energy, Sustainability" https://t.co/eVkOHqRdTF https://t.co/6sauNPKrnO

@SustainCornell

Free professional development workshops this December can help you jumpstart your sustainability skills and workplace practices. Registration is required for individuals and teams: https://t.co/a8rn6GIXx7 https://t.co/Q2YmRbg49R

@AtkinsonCenter

Atkinson Center Director David Lodge will discuss the environment, sustainability, and health at the Cornell Symposium on Public Health this Friday. Register here: https://t.co/S2HlFgHT2W https://t.co/ueQN537qk2

@SustainCornell

Have you registered? Seats are still available for these FREE sustainability professional development workshops in December. https://t.co/USvw7fKdus https://t.co/ayhT0V02Jw

@CornellCAS

An upcoming forum will explore #sustainability and threats to non-human #primates: https://t.co/4qRO08uEZv https://t.co/HqZ4eps4r0

@AtkinsonCenter

From FeverPhones to seagrass-monitoring drones, check out video of our annual sustainability poster/pitch competition. These students showcase the range and breadth of sustainability activities on and off campus. https://t.co/f6YQdncNDA https://t.co/5Sg3JpiHxr

@SustainCornell

What makes Cornell a leader in #sustainability - and is there still room to improve? 🥇 Check out how our campus made the @SierraClub Top 20 List this year - and why student and staff collaboration really does matter. https://t.co/sinWHpFF3n @cornellsun https://t.co/BTv79IAy20

@SustainCornell

Happy November! In this month's newsletter we explore Energy Smackdown progress, 20+ events you should check out, and how to sign up for one of the six staff sustainability workshops happening in Nov-Dec. 🗞 Read it here: https://t.co/f3puMRjsgg 🗞 https://t.co/Y68WwylcLk

@SustainCornell

What are the benefits & limitations of transporting oil & natural gas by pipeline, and the dangers to #humanhealth? Explore these questions at "Pipeline Politics: Assessing the Benefits and Harms of Energy Policy" November 15th. #Sustainability https://t.co/WNcGGtcbB7

@SustainCornell

Register for the Fall Sustainability trainings in the Cornell Management Academy! Sustainability & Climate Change 101 and 201 will give you the tools you need to accelerate your leadership at Cornell. Registration is $50. https://t.co/2YCQ0DLfle https://t.co/Ljo6iBCD7J

@CornellSGE

For a brighter future, #sustainability and #business must go hand in hand https://t.co/qE5llMc4iQ

@SustainCornell

New! Sign up to attend a free #sustainability workshop on campus this December: - Green Your Office in Under 1 Hour - Jumpstart Sustainable Purchasing Practices - Remote Participation & Flex Work Tools Sign up today & jumpstart your leadership: https://t.co/USvw7fKdus https://t.co/N39RSKmfml

@SustainCornell

A Cornell professor believes biofuel can make fuel cleaner, and was recently part of a team granted $2 million by the Department of @ENERGY to research the future of #biofuel use in diesel engines. https://t.co/qWeNcJsVlC #sustainability

@SustainCornell

Looking for an Energy Smackdown event? “The Changing Energy Picture” presented by Anne Rhodes @ccecornell will be hosted by the @CornellCHE Green Ambassadors in T01 HEB on Friday, November 9 from 12:30 – 1:30. Refreshments will be served. #sustainability #energysmackdown https://t.co/R2KGtkPpNv

@SustainCornell

Miguel Gomez @CornellDyson @AtkinsonCenter Fellow will present "Economic incentives to transition from conventional to shade-grown coffee" Wednesday October 31st, 2018 at 12:20pm. https://t.co/mXcaneajOx #sustainability https://t.co/PU2ndgQ0Eg

@AtkinsonCenter

In order to address the many looming sustainability challenges around the globe, we need to support a new generation of thought leaders who can tackle these problems head on, writes Atkinson Center Director David Lodge. https://t.co/JiOn2HrZLn https://t.co/05S3Q2lwas

@CornellSGE

The next speakers for our Leaders in SGE Speaker Series are Quinn Kanaly & Noel Dockstrader! Join us next Monday as they show us the impact films can have by creating awareness about #sustainability! @Cornell @CornellMBA @AtkinsonCenter @SustainCornell https://t.co/05ZczOzD4V

@SustainCornell

Check out the second in a two-part series on Cornell University sustainability initiatives, and the proposed North Campus Residential Expansion project. https://t.co/wwRXphQEe4 https://t.co/0PkQjPRwLI

@CornellSGE

Deep introspection is a start needed for steps towards #sustainability & #accountability. https://t.co/4lbgb5pdHg

@SustainCornell

We love @TompkinsWeekly "Signs of Sustainability. " Here's some handy tips for getting your house warmer, and more energy efficient, this winter. 🌬️ https://t.co/lRMmIywspG https://t.co/y16nerf9CH

@CornellSGE

We are happy to announce another great speaker Evelyn Havasi @Citi. She will be speaking on her experiences surrounding #AlternativeEnergy & project #finance portfolios. Register at https://t.co/IrSGEzhQ29 #energy #sustainability @Cornell @SustainCornell @CornellMBA https://t.co/Gpc80CiI8D

@CornellSGE

Cornell continues to be a leader in #sustainability for the future! Read more about us being awarded the 2018 Green Power Leadership by @EPA! https://t.co/KCSFYjDEXm #energy #renewables #greenfuture @Cornell @SustainCornell @AtkinsonCenter @CornellAlumni

@CornellSGE

The early-bird #special ends today! Register now at a discounted price while you still can. General registration ends Oct. 29th https://t.co/IrSGEzhQ29 #energy #renewables #sustainability @Cornell @SustainCornell @CornellMBA https://t.co/tD7Y60LL0c

@SustainCornell

"Our office works to empower, equip, and engage our diverse campus community in creating a model sustainable campus and future." Hear more about the @Cornell Campus #Sustainability Office and their framework for work on the WHCU radio interview. https://t.co/ffLXEYRnZf https://t.co/pNs5LtLhyi

@CornellSGE

What does #sustainability mean to you? In our ever-changing world we cannot afford to think only of this #generation, for we must also think of the ones that come after. https://t.co/Js21elSmER

@SustainCornell

⚡🔋 New student club alert. The Cornell Energy Systems Club will connect students from all disciplines to research & career opportunities in #cleantech #sustainability & #lowcarbon technologies. Info session tonight @ 5pm. https://t.co/2UPOkQtX8z https://t.co/wNsqSMK5Id

@SustainCornell

RT @CornellSGE: We are excited to have @sshah from @FirstFuelSW speak to us on #energy #efficiency & #sustainability for a brighter future! Don't miss out on the early-bird #special register at https://t.co/IrSGEzhQ29 @CornellMBA @SustainCornell @Cornell https://t.co/htgmjSKkN8

@CornellSGE

We are excited to have @sshah from @FirstFuelSW speak to us on #energy #efficiency & #sustainability for a brighter future! Don't miss out on the early-bird #special register at https://t.co/IrSGEzhQ29 @CornellMBA @SustainCornell @Cornell https://t.co/htgmjSKkN8

@SustainCornell

RT @Mark_Milstein: #whyilovecornell Reason #34: #Sustainability is not just a word, it’s an ethic that guides our actions as recognized by the @EPA! @SustainCornell @AtkinsonCenter @CornellSGE https://t.co/HtpqVEG5m2

@SustainCornell

Cornell made the @PrincetonReview 2018 Guide to Green Colleges, as one of the top ten Universities in the country for sustainability. 🏅 https://t.co/m3A6CBwpa0 https://t.co/bxC5hi9Miv

@CornellSGE

Don't miss the #innovative Shreya Dave at our upcoming event Cornell Energy Connection! Join as she speaks on #energy & #sustainability on a molecular level, showing how small changes can make a big impact. Register now at https://t.co/IrSGEzhQ29 @SustainCornell @CornellMBA https://t.co/n70J3CJ3uY

@SustainCornell

ECO x Eco House Social! Oct 12th 6-9PM,ECO House. Want to get to know other people in @Cornell environmental community. Come to a residential dorm dedicated to environmental sustainability.? Join ECO & Eco House mingle, eat & have fun.Everyone welcome! https://t.co/tLtYSTKgGP https://t.co/Ksg1h5DrEW

@bertbland

RT @SustainCornell: Associate VP for Energy & Sustainability @bertbland accepted the award on behalf of @Cornell. #greenpower #sustainability #RenewableEnergy https://t.co/HjsctiIs7T

@SustainCornell

Associate VP for Energy & Sustainability @bertbland accepted the award on behalf of @Cornell. #greenpower #sustainability #RenewableEnergy https://t.co/HjsctiIs7T

@SustainCornell

Looking to make your home cozier without breaking the bank? 🏠 Check out this week's Sustainability Life Recipe for a smart, affordable update to your heating system that might be more affordable than you think. https://t.co/r5elkX6wW5 #sustainability @SolarTompkins https://t.co/GvgVLtoZyy

@SustainCornell

Clean up & green up @Cornell this Saturday October 13th for a campus-wide removal of litter and invasive species, with free food and sustainable prizes for all volunteers. https://t.co/ss5tk2uugj #Sustainability https://t.co/xc91Y8XINx

@CornellSGE

RT @SustainCornell: Sustainability includes the radical idea that all people must be included in an equitable society. Today we celebrate 150 years of @Cornell commitment to this idea, and a future where our living laboratory engages all students in the creation of planetary justice and resilience. https://t.co/lUfZ18Tvpu

@SustainCornell

RT @CornellTownGown: East Hill Notes: Cornell's commitment to sustainability https://t.co/rIq6SdAR3K

@SustainCornell

Sustainability includes the radical idea that all people must be included in an equitable society. Today we celebrate 150 years of @Cornell commitment to this idea, and a future where our living laboratory engages all students in the creation of planetary justice and resilience. https://t.co/lUfZ18Tvpu

@CornellSGE

CSGE's team participated in @The_MIINT program to gain an in-depth experience of #investments, #startups, & #sustainability. Read more about the program & its experiences at https://t.co/OrvXQJYj8A @CornellMBA @SustainCornell

@SustainCornell

Lace up your walking shoes and head to Cornell’s new Sustainable Landscapes Trail 🌳, which will open with a ceremony tomorrow Oct. 5, at 2 p.m., at the newly refurbished & ultra sustainable Peterson parking lot, across from Stocking Hall. #sustainability https://t.co/43hVXeRqGC https://t.co/6B7yUgHVt2

@SustainCornell

Today! Join us and learn more about the Center for Sustainable Enterprise: from 12:20pm to 1:10pm in Emerson Hall 135. Director @MarkMilsteinMD will discuss how the Center sees global sustainability challenges as business opportunities. https://t.co/NGquhHmsJv https://t.co/GWROew6DBW

@SustainCornell

Tonight! Join us in documenting how #climatechange is affecting Ithaca & Tompkins County @engagedcornell @ccecornell @ClimateSmartCU #sustainability https://t.co/Gb33d8WTnm

@CornellSGE

We have an interesting line up for #CEC2018 this year. Go ahead & check out our speakers! https://t.co/86ntpNKCfA #energy #synergy #renewables #sustainability #CornellSGE #CornellMBA https://t.co/ssal8QeId9

@SustainCornell

.@talanoa_stories document how #climatechange is affecting people around the world. How will Ithaca & Tompkins County put our own human face on climate impacts in our community? @UNFCCC @COP24Katowice @engagedcornell @ClimateSmartCU @ccecornell #sustainability https://t.co/GDp81ynbw8

@CornellSGE

Sustainability Quote of the Day "Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It's about doing more good." -Jochen Zeitz https://t.co/CkzusQ9CF0

@CornellSGE

"[@Planetreboot]'s book deserves a place on the shelves of academics, government & business leaders, & all those that wish to ensure future generations can meet their needs on spaceship earth." - Keith Dewar, U of New Brunswick https://t.co/RaoMBLiqvM #Tourism #Sustainability https://t.co/1WU9zezDTF

@CornellSGE

Sustainability Quote of the Day: " When sustainability is viewed as being a matter of survival for your business, I believe you can create massive change." -Cameron Sinclair https://t.co/frxaj3bD81

@CornellSGE

Sustainability Quote of the Day: "Sustainability has to be a way of life to be a way of business."- Anand Mahindra https://t.co/hoHapCqFGd

@CornellSGE

Sustainability Quote of the Day: "The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy." - Arnold Schwarzenegger https://t.co/TL4XGjWbge

@CornellSGE

What does sustainability mean to you? Take a look at a letter from the SC Johnson's Chairman and CEO about sustainable practices and choices of the company here https://t.co/e7ga693BlA @SCJohnson @CornellMBA #CornellBusiness #sustainability #informedchoices https://t.co/JBRmpQXuyO

@CornellSGE

Get ready for the Fall #CornellSGE speaker series! Come listen to @elliotswartz, Academic Research Advisor at @GoodFoodInst speak this coming Monday! #leaders in #sustainability #CornellMBA #foodsupply #nonprofit https://t.co/51uplQ9nwX

@CornellSGE

"[Sustainability] at the forefront in terms of creating a business & more responsible citizen"- Thomas Stelle MBA'20 https://t.co/5sAEz4EB42 https://t.co/fy83Ht8hN5

@bertbland

RT @SustainCornell: Cornell is ranked #20 on the list of @SierraClub Cool Schools for championing #sustainability transformation in our campus and community. 😎 https://t.co/9AuP4Jv6uA https://t.co/UWoDIq1Z6m

@bertbland

RT @AtkinsonCenter: While 2017 saw a lot of uncertainty surrounding government support for science and sustainability, the Atkinson Center continues to step up and provide holistic, real-world impact, says Director David Lodge in his introduction to our 2017 Year in Review. https://t.co/G1erhar36V https://t.co/Yi3TaNA3gJ

@bertbland

RT @SustainCornell: A big #cornellwelcome to your Sustainable Campus! 👋💚Get ready to lead, live, and learn where #sustainability is a part of who we are. #cornelluniversity #bigredleadsgreen #thinkbiglivegreen #cornellclassof2022 https://t.co/YFsabZ6j7I

@CornellSGE

Students of #CornellSGE Immersion describe real-world perspective on #sustainability gained from #treks to #NY and #DC: https://t.co/d7wVmdtWvT #CornellMBA #MBA https://t.co/Cb2IsDIB7m

@CornellSGE

RT @CornellMBA: Jason Buselli, #MBA ’19, discusses similarities between #military and #sustainability challenges as he developed a commercialization strategy for new technology in #Kenya. @CornellSGE https://t.co/cewsLaQIFp

@CornellSGE

Come see us at Dyson Atrium in Sage Hall! Let us answer any questions you may have or just say hi. We're here til 2pm! #cornellmba #cornellsge #sage #mba #sustainability https://t.co/F42N0NRjbQ

@CornellSGE

RT @Duke_EDGE: Great discussion in June among #bschool educators including Fuqua's @Daniel_Vermeer and @Katie_Kross on #sustainability, #CSR, & #climatechange in management education. Thanks @NBSnet and @CornellSGE for hosting! https://t.co/PDOo1PTqmp

@CornellSGE

Cornell & SGE alumnus, Tom Olson (MBA '18), finds his calling while uniting #Sustainability & #Tourism during his internship with @IUCN_PA WCPA's Tourism & Protected Area Specialist (TAPAS) Group. https://t.co/ZvayKlWLHf https://t.co/1r5DJXEbsy

@bertbland

RT @mtouesnard: Great week @cornell_tech campus for series of #sustainability events highlighting @CornellSGE #leadership role in business sustainability education! #CornellMBA @AtkinsonCenter #NYC #Cornell https://t.co/vqnbslCGgu

@CornellSGE

RT @Duke_EDGE: A great night for networking w/ #sustainability MBA alumni from ⁦@DukeFuqua⁩, ⁦@YaleCBEY⁩, ⁦@MITSloanSusty⁩, ⁦@CornellSGE⁩, ⁦@Stanford⁩, ⁦@erbinstitutehttps://t.co/gEVugcxJZt

@CornellSGE

RT @mtouesnard: Great evening @CornellSGE joint alumni networking event with #sustainability programs at peer schools! #CornellMBA @CornellAlumni #NYC https://t.co/Aejt465NkP

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