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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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AguaClara

Monroe Weber-Shirk leads the AguaClara program, creating technologies to bring clean drinking water to more than 65,000 people in Honduras over the last decade.

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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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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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@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

@Cornell

Upson Hall @CornellEng achieves LEED platinum for its #sustainability and resource efficiency. https://t.co/mZ12Ads113 https://t.co/s8XsesL9wm

@SustainCornell

#sustainability Life Recipe#15: No AC, No Problem. Quick tips to cool you & your home! https://t.co/O03n3z0VwR https://t.co/nJNewjDRW3

@cornellvet

New #sustainability projects from @CornellMPH range from creating aquaculture feed with seafood industry byproducts to offering children's programming on environmental and social health. @AtkinsonCenter @engagedcornell https://t.co/blAZWO1nvC https://t.co/UpmkT5csNR

@CornellMBA

#zen #business: an East-Asian-Based Systemic Model on Holistic #management and #sustainability for a Fast-Changing World→https://t.co/grMoeznjbE By @josepmcoll3 in #cornellemi https://t.co/rhQHCQPGOq

@AtkinsonCenter

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, ⁦@erbinstitute⁩ https://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

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @JohnTobinBridge: What could be better? Post docs in #sustainability at @Cornell’s @AtkinsonCenter: a great topic at a great center, and based at beautiful #ithaca, New York. https://t.co/YZBg17khCJ

@AtkinsonCenter

Enjoy this up-close look at Oculi, an interdisciplinary art exhibition that promotes sustainability in architecture and design, and was created with Atkinson Center support. https://t.co/4qPUT6AQ9w

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @cbb2cornell: Cornell's @AtkinsonCenter now accepting proposals to its sustainability post-docs program (https://t.co/ipCsB5zkBY). Target areas include increasing food security, reducing climate risks, achieving one health, accelerating energy transitions. LOI due Aug 20, full proposals Oct 8.

@CornellSGE

Thank you @Mark_Milstein for making the @Cornell Executive Forum on Sustainability possible! @CornellTechNYC @CornellSGE #sustainability #cornellmba https://t.co/Mqm8lOsR1m

@CornellSGE

Wrapping up the @Cornell Executive Forum on Sustainability with our two speakers @TimaBansal and @Mark_Milstein #cornellsge #cornellmba #cornellbusiness https://t.co/rgvYTFoSBI

@CornellSGE

RT @CCGBE: Attending the Sustainability Centers Conference #sccw2018 hosted by @NBSnet and @CornellSGE with @ortiz_dana at @cornell_tech at Roosevelt Island between Manhattan and Queens. Great people, great conference, great place! https://t.co/wXDrP1JHys

@CornellCALS

The Common Loon is an agile, fearless hunter as the bird dives deep for fish. Human anglers using fishing tackle made from lead are inadvertently putting these birds at risk. @CornellBirds @CornellUComm @LaurenChambliss #sustainability https://t.co/23M2r7kIV4

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @john_zinda: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability at @AtkinsonCenter for a Sustainable Future, Cornell: a great chance to do research with an impact, based here in beautiful Ithaca. https://t.co/RniN2itmb7

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @mtouesnard: Day 2 at #sccw2018 focused on cutting-edge approaches in #sustainability center teaching, research, outreach & administration provided great tools & insights. #cornellmba @NBSnet @CornellSGE @AtkinsonCenter https://t.co/QwrNPGjeSV

@CornellSGE

Look at all the #sustainabilitycenters worldwide! A sneak peak into our exciting agenda for today. #day1 of #sccw2018 @CornellMBA @NBSnet @CornellTechNYC https://t.co/i19kERLTSL

@CornellSGE

Our Sustainability Centres Workshop with @NBSnet has kicked off! #sustainability #workshop #cornellmba @CornellTechNYC @Cornell https://t.co/Y4hQgvlRJY

@CornellSGE

Who Dies, Who Thrives? Come find out what Bruce Schlein, Director of Community Reinvestment Act of #businessstrategy at @citi has to say at the @cornell Executive Forum on #sustainability https://t.co/N9nlhHS8yE #cra https://t.co/E76gM9HaPP

@CornellSGE

As if visiting Cornell Tech's campus wasn't reason enough, here are 4 reasons to attend the @Cornell Executive Forum on Sustainability! https://t.co/vwdS9z5rF3 #innovation #globalcommunity #business #sustainability https://t.co/UbrHHcwa5n

@SustainCornell

RT @CornellSGE: We are less than two weeks away from the Cornell Executive Forum on Sustainability. If you've ever questioned 'Why Isn't #money Coming Off the Sidelines', then join Heather Davis for this session: https://t.co/A0ko6NJgCE #investments #sustainability #finances https://t.co/kUgEiUxIgs

@CornellSGE

RT @IanKlineCadmus: I'm looking forward to speaking at the @CornellMBA Executive Forum on Sustainability next week! Join me and other business leaders to discuss sustainability and the role of private sector leadership in a populist era. #cornellsge https://t.co/SyAGNBUKqX

@CornellSGE

We are less than two weeks away from the Cornell Executive Forum on Sustainability. If you've ever questioned 'Why Isn't #money Coming Off the Sidelines', then join Heather Davis for this session: https://t.co/A0ko6NJgCE #investments #sustainability #finances https://t.co/kUgEiUxIgs

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @JohnTobinBridge: The Stockholm #eatforum18 is the most important event globally at the intersection of sustainability, food, and agriculture. Cornell University is here. @Cornell @AtkinsonCenter @CornellDyson @CornellCIPA #sustainability

@CornellSGE

Is the Value of Sustainability Eroding in the #Marketplace? Join our guest speaker, John Bonhomme, at our event in June and delve in conversation regarding the worth behind #sustainability. Find out more about him here: https://t.co/0HXws09FcN #realestate #cornellmba https://t.co/SaHsktrTKa

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @CornellSGE: We're hosting an Executive Forum on Sustainability this June! Dive into the business issues relating to #social and #environmental challenges, or just listen to what industry leaders have to say! https://t.co/F46RJQaso4 #sustainabilityconference #businessdevelopment #forum https://t.co/Ns4q0uK8si

@CornellSGE

Find out what the #privatesector plans on doing to transform #sustainability in #business, as well as the issues facing them. @IanKlineCadmus will be our guest speaker for the '#leadership in the Populist Era' session! Check it out here & register now: https://t.co/A0ko6NJgCE https://t.co/IxzvffKHgi

@AtkinsonCenter

The Executive Forum on Sustainability on June 27 will bring together a global community of business innovators to discuss the critical sustainability issues facing the private sector and create a more ecological and socially responsible world. Register: https://t.co/DL4kGsGNy1 https://t.co/mN0efFQlJX

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @CornellEng: The @AtkinsonCenter is collaborating with faculty, stakeholders and partners to keep #sustainability at the forefront of @Cornell's future efforts. ♻️ https://t.co/1DN31K3WUq https://t.co/QUUuSgwe8K

@SustainCornell

🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇 Lucky seven. Thanks to progress and commitment across food, climate, waste, and people, @Cornell has earned a Gold Rating in the 2018 @AASHENews national #sustainability program for a 7th consecutive year. https://t.co/BvFzIeMQqn https://t.co/SA9Knllvo3

@SustainCornell

Need a new tip to #greenyouroffice? 📗📋 🔋 Check out this great approach from @Cornell Bursar Account Services Office, which was recently completed our Green Office Certification program. Small steps to #sustainability for big change on campus! https://t.co/IZNcLmKjtR https://t.co/W24rstoGwY

@SustainCornell

Campus Sustainability Director @SustainCornell is featured in the @trusolar award-winning video this year, discussing her excitement as a local resident for upcoming community solar projects. https://t.co/nIBKrKvomU

@AtkinsonCenter

Congratulations to Jake Pero with @ClimateSmartCU @CornellCALS and the rest of Cornell’s graduating Class of 2018! You are the sustainability leaders of tomorrow! https://t.co/TXFQ9xvkcz

@SustainCornell

What's up with smart meters? The New Energy Future: What You Need to Know Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:00-7:30pm and on every 4th Wednesday April - September @ccecornell @CornellTownGown #sustainability https://t.co/OjAA7oaoQe https://t.co/02ZkfimcfO

@CornellSGE

We're hosting an Executive Forum on Sustainability this June! Dive into the business issues relating to #social and #environmental challenges, or just listen to what industry leaders have to say! https://t.co/F46RJQaso4 #sustainabilityconference #businessdevelopment #forum https://t.co/Ns4q0uK8si

@CornellSGE

How can #travelers make less impactful trips on the environment? This article discusses the roundtable view on #sustainability within the #tourism industry, organized in part by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship: https://t.co/5Q9v0EKCJD #ecotourism https://t.co/7rspEaTPGq

@SustainCornell

A new course entitled "Deranged Authority: Culture, Power, and Climate Change" @Cornell University this Fall will explore why climate denialism is on the rise, in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence that it exists. #climatechange #sustainability https://t.co/4mqSho6e6k https://t.co/F5AYdcPp9r

@CornellSGE

SGE Immersion final presentations are underway! Students are answering tough business & #sustainability questions. #cornellmba https://t.co/D4jBOYZOrT

@SustainCornell

Kermit sends off #cornell2018 with new #sustainability Honors Tassels for @Cornell seniors committed to creating a just and sustainable world after graduation 🎓 🌏 https://t.co/1Fl553C32O

@CornellSGE

SGE alumnus, Harlan Blynn, makes a unique transition from management consulting to #urbanfarming! Read more about his new #startup called @toppingoutfarms here: https://t.co/WgmafEgqAX #microgreens #sustainability https://t.co/C0nYx4gglO

@SustainCornell

May is Bike Month: have you taken a trip on the new @limebike ridesharing bicycles downtown? It's affordable and fast - $1 gets you 30 minutes of ride time when you use your @cornell .edu email address https://t.co/pZiqjBwNFd #bikemonth #sustainability https://t.co/gd3gkC6syS

@SustainCornell

The @AtkinsonCenter at Cornell funds multidisciplinary solutions to #sustainability challenges in food, energy, climate, human behavior, the built environment health. What is the impact - and what's next? https://t.co/fJVldaFw41 https://t.co/Le3kYggW2y

@CornellSGE

Are #travellers really paying their full costs to destinations? Should they? #sustainability #cornellmba #cornellsha @Planetreboot

@CornellSGE

Sustainable #tourism #entrepreneurship & Destination Asset Management Roundtable is happening today @Cornell with the leading influencers in the industry @Planetreboot #cornellmba @CornellSHA #sustainability https://t.co/52s4JDI3NB

@SustainCornell

The @Cornell Grounds Department sponsored 🌳 tree plantings to celebrate #arborday this year, including a new tree on Libe Slope. #sustainability https://t.co/aOqUqs0ybX

@SustainCornell

. @CornellEng student engineers are accelerating #sustainability solutions, like hydroponic 🍃 💦 planting systems and new wind turbine technologies 🌬. Join @ESWCornell for the Spring Project Symposium for a glimpse of our plans for a sustainable future. https://t.co/fRgHJtJWyA https://t.co/4ZgTakjohd

@SustainCornell

🚰 What's in your drinking water? Join @CEECornell experts this Thursday for the Environmental & Water Resources Distinguished Speaker Series: What’s In My Drinking Water? Revealing the Chemicals We Can’t See. https://t.co/NbvrPQolIl #sustainability https://t.co/5tqKVfojcO

@SustainCornell

RT @Cornell: Campus #sustainability awards recognize groups and individuals for excellence in green initiatives. https://t.co/9wwASvBQzK @SustainCornell https://t.co/7QcBMk64aA

@SustainCornell

Prizes, food, drinks, and jazz. Send off #sustainability month with the Sustainable Case Collaboration & Rooftop Social today at 4:30pm - create sustainable solutions for our campus in teams. https://t.co/hIcDlt6ykO https://t.co/OsBg1C3WxE

@SustainCornell

Earth Day may be past, but #sustainability month continues @Cornell! Stop by the Sustainable Living Fair today at 4:30pm for practical ways to go green 🍃 , with food 🍎, speakers 🌎, raffles, activities 🙋 & more. https://t.co/Aojv9Pfaoi https://t.co/etDjKiVFVL

@CornellAlumni

John Zimmer '06 credits the @Cornell class "Green Cities" as the source for his sustainability ideas. What class has stuck with you all these years later? https://t.co/nFt8eVWM37

@CornellCHE

CHE's Got Sole! Take the opportunity to donate your used shoes and socks until April 27th as part of Cornell's month long celebration of sustainability! @SustainCornell #iamhumec https://t.co/ChSJs6sqDS

@SustainCornell

Thinking green? The new city-wide #bikeshare is here, and we couldn't be more excited to see these lime green bikes popping up all over town. No subscription necessary! #sustainability https://t.co/sD3VauEcoe https://t.co/7FsEXhIJOv

@CornellSGE

For our Leaders in SGE series, alumni Dan Zook from @GlobalDevInc & Craig Courtney from Tamarack Partners LLC will be informing us on #sustainability #investments in the global enterprise industry. https://t.co/e6FYZNuwx2

@CornellSGE

#cornellmba club is in full swing. The SGE club, Energy club & BR MicrEnterprise have a lot of interest. #cornell #sustainability https://t.co/UHB9PRCkrn

@SustainCornell

Happy Earth Day! 🌎 We are proud to announce @Cornell has earned three @LeadOnClimate #marksofdistinction for our leadership on #climateaction and #renewableenergy. Our campus is proud to be creating solutions for a just and sustainable future. #sustainability #earthday20128 https://t.co/KIWRnYYB8g

@CornellSGE

Our next speakers for the Leaders in SGE series are Alumni Dan Zook from @GlobalDevInc & Craig Courtney from Tamarack Partners LLC. Join us next Tuesday as we are informed on #investments & #sustainability in global enterprises https://t.co/xdJufBG0aC

@SustainCornell

Don't miss this great #intersectional #sustainability event today as part of our Sustainability Month celebration at @Cornell University. https://t.co/hBBu33vLhB

@SustainCornell

Katherine McComas, a champion for community and campus #sustainability research, has been named vice provost for #engagement and land-grant affairs @Cornell @CornellUCOMM @CornellCALS @engagedcornell https://t.co/jQOuaUusJ3https://t.co/kYjZSYEtjT

@CornellSGE

Did you know that @CornellSGE frames #global #sustainability challenges as #business opportunities to help students work with companies, & come up with #innovative & entrepreneurial ideas? #cornellmba #curriculum @netimpact https://t.co/nACxZHDPxX https://t.co/75Vua7E4BQ

@SustainCornell

Professor Allred is a member of the President’s Sustainable Campus Executive Committee and the Sustainability Behavior Change working group. Great accolade for a true campus and community #sustainability champion! https://t.co/pl66cS76Iz

@SustainCornell

Springfest is almost here! Celebrate #earthday2018 🌎and #sustainability this Friday 11am - 3pm on Ho Plaza with vendors, food, a live band, and more! https://t.co/k1HmvMQTKQ https://t.co/cOiHXbUpF8

@SustainCornell

RT @Cornell: Celebrate #earthday with us! 🌎 SpringFest is a celebration of our #sustainability collaborations across campus. https://t.co/iCsLmHcWKt @SustainCornell https://t.co/2iSz8I0KNO

@SustainCornell

🌳What's the value of a Cornell tree? 🌳 @Cornell Ag Quad will feature posters today with each tree's environmental, human wellbeing, and financial benefits. https://t.co/3CrPFStSNk #sustainability #earthday2018 https://t.co/8gspZDGvy8

@SustainCornell

To achieve @Cornell's goal of carbon neutrality by 2035, @SustainCornell Director Sarah Zemanick outlined the plan: avoid, reduce, replace and offset carbon. #greenbuildings like Flora Rose - which boasts a #greenroof - help us get there. #sustainability https://t.co/Pz1hH5L0Bg https://t.co/oZbHd3HRjs

@CornellSGE

Don't miss out on an awesome guest speaker in the Leaders for Sustainable Global Enterprise series! Alum @ErikSimanis from TIL Ventures will be speaking on #innovation #consulting and #sustainability in the industry! Stay tuned for more! https://t.co/Zn7NY1ZULp

@SustainCornell

Cuddle with a dog (or goat or pig!), relax in a sensory room, plant your own succulent & eat free food. Sounds like a great way to #treatyoself on Friday - don't miss Spa Night for the Planet on #earthday starting 8pm. 💆💄🐐🍃 https://t.co/g2gfbskBOF #sustainability https://t.co/U0PH4AYF0Y

@SustainCornell

Welcome #cornelldays visitors! Are you up for a #sustainability scavenger hunt? 🔍 First challenge: See if you can spot six solar arrays on campus. Hey, we'll make it easy - find them on our handy map of renewable energy, green buildings, and more: https://t.co/6TR1WYyVFv https://t.co/edV7sceemj

@CornellSGE

Our next Leaders in SGE guest speaker is @ErikSimanis, Partner at The #intrapreneur Lab! Find out more here: https://t.co/vaCuUEqBDa #innovationconsulting #socialentrepreneurship #businessstrategy #sustainability #cornellmba https://t.co/63yIXHrfVf

@SustainCornell

Ahh. 🌱 Chill out & surround yourself with spring when you stop by the Mental Health Plant Sale today from 1-4pm on Ho Plaza. Take home a plant & learn about the health benefits of nature as part of @Cornell #sustainability Month https://t.co/IdEKMhsirP https://t.co/ugsc5TqbUM

@SustainCornell

.@Cornell researchers make breakthrough in atomically thin magnets, with very little energy required. #sustainability https://t.co/ochqpP3sEv https://t.co/tRUEcN9z96

@SustainCornell

Get 📍your 📌mend 👗on. The Liberation Thrift Shop tomorrow welcomes @Cornell @IthacaCollege & the public to eat, exchange, repair, mend, and liberate that old item from it's past. Bring clothes to fix, repair, embroider or donate. #sustainability https://t.co/Sa7h2dQHwA https://t.co/qCau4wBtS5

@CornellSGE

CSGE at #cornellmba named top 50 for #socialimpact & #environmental #sustainability by @netimpact's Guide to Graduate Schools. https://t.co/nACxZHDPxX

@SustainCornell

Join @Cornell's new sustainability fraternity Epsilon Eta and Dr. @bcmonger tonight as they kick-off a new lecture series emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to personal and global #sustainability. See full event series at https://t.co/8MGTifXlhR https://t.co/LNG222BdXx

@CornellSGE

RT @Cornell: Join us in celebrating #sustainability. ♻️🌏 Check out our upcoming @SustainCornell events https://t.co/rlmHgyL7zP https://t.co/69NkTdo8tT

@CornellSGE

Cornell Sustainability Month begins this April! Look out for the events happening on campus here: https://t.co/6PYA1bo558 #cornellsustainabilitymonth #cornell #sustainability

@bertbland

RT @SustainCornell: Cornell is celebrating Earth Day & #sustainability Month this April with over 80+ events, films, workshops and more. How will you learn and celebrate this month as we create a more sustainable campus and future? https://t.co/Qr7oLrGdDI https://t.co/X8hFA1bNVm

@CornellSGE

Such a cool work environment at @kaboom! Thank you Morgan St. Maxens, Roni Rivera, Dave Flanigan, & @kevinvanliew7 for hosting us! #socialenterprise #parks #recreation #community #building #sustainability #sgeimmersion #dctrek https://t.co/N9fhHt6AkR

@CornellSGE

Students of #cornellsge with legislative assistant, Eric Deeble, at the Senate Office Building in DC #sgeimmersion #dctrek #senate #agriculture #veterinarian #legislation #sustainability https://t.co/uvyF5JT84s

@CornellSGE

Don't forget to catch Colin Harris, VP of #finance and #operations at #nygreenbank, joining us for our weekly speaker series in Sage Hall tomorrow at 6pm #nygreenbank @NYSERDA #sustainability #leadersinsge #cornellsge #cornellmba https://t.co/FEOaR1UwAP

@CornellSGE

Support #cornellsge's mission to provide #cornellmba graduates with industry insight and solve real #sustainability problems. Participate in #cornellgivingday here: https://t.co/54AkgPgSQt #endpoverty #foodwaste #greenenergy #business https://t.co/wAIeaRSqgr

@CornellSGE

This was such a great event thanks to our #speakers, #organizers, and #sponsors! Sustainability sows a healthy business climate | Cornell Chronicle https://t.co/7C5GOIh0ma via @AddThis #cbis2018

@bertbland

RT @SustainCornell: The @Cornell Campus Sustainability Office relaunched the #sustainability newsletter.Sustainable Campus Connections new look and feel to help promote resources you need to lead to the creation of a sustainable campus and world. Let us know what you think https://t.co/2Bwwe5KNXd https://t.co/ttmpeb0rjf

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