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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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@CornellSGE

As members of our previous #CornellSGE cohort join the Class of 2019 this #commencement weekend, we want to wish them a special congratulations! May the path they pave be one of impact & sustainability #CornellMBA https://t.co/4xjHBDHqiN

@CornellCALS

Skeptical of the 👃 test when comes to checking for spoiled milk? Researchers in our food science department are designing a milk carton that will give consumers precise “best by” dates and improve #sustainability by reducing food waste. https://t.co/pXoXwdOZJE

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @CornellBoston: Thank you to David Lodge, director of @Cornell's ⁦@AtkinsonCenter⁩, for sharing the center's story and #sustainability work with an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd of ⁦@CornellAlumni⁩ tonight! https://t.co/bJQ8aRivZg

@SustainCornell

Students on the @Cornell University Sustainable Design team worked with the @NationalZoo's sustainability committee's One @smithsonian Plastic Reduction Initiative for #EarthDay to reduce visitors' single-use plastic water bottles. 🚰 https://t.co/zHphEqyWve

@Cornell

Food scientists at @CornellCALS are designing milk cartons that will give consumers precise “best by” dates and improve sustainability by reducing food waste. https://t.co/t48c2Wr9ep

@SustainCornell

The Communications Department is hiring a Project Assistant to work with community partners representing underserved communities on equity & inclusion in the sciences this summer. Apply now! @CornellUCOMM #socialjustice #sustainability https://t.co/yv1y1OznDm

@CornellEng

This free event helped the Ithaca community to enjoy a day of outdoor fun. https://t.co/4UTyRwPIh3 #sustainability https://t.co/laSJKORh7D

@AtkinsonCenter

Learn how Cornell faculty & alumni, including Atkinson Fellows Timur Dogan & Victoria Beard, are using sustainable city planning to solve local and global challenges at “Return to the Classroom: Advancing Urban Sustainability” on May 29 in Washington, DC. https://t.co/fZPvur5GNH https://t.co/H1Ry8h5i03

@AtkinsonCenter

A collaboration led by Atkinson Fellow Martin Wiedmann, working with Fellows Renata Ivanek and Aaron Adalja, will design the milk carton of the future, giving consumers precise “best by” dates and improving sustainability by reducing food waste. https://t.co/7nL5dUqLj3 https://t.co/L3qhxNIuFw

@cornell_tech

.@FT notes how Cornell Tech is building a forward-looking campus by prioritizing sustainability. https://t.co/sVHi93iqp5

@AtkinsonCenter

Our 2018 Year in Review is here! Explore stories about new center initiatives that tackle some of the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. Learn about the innovative research efforts of inspiring student leaders & faculty. Meet our new team members. https://t.co/pbbmjsCggY https://t.co/v68x7RpDOd

@cornellaap

Timur Dogan, assistant professor in architecture, was quoted in a @HuffPost article about new legislation setting emission caps for many different types of buildings in #NewYorkCity. https://t.co/UFHuB56ROY #sustainability #ClimateMobilizationAct https://t.co/qL3qIxYMXD

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @Cornell: How can we reduce food waste? @AtkinsonCenter and @CornellCALs will host a workshop on this important sustainability issue May 2-3. https://t.co/T2aQU4AQvq

@CornellEng

Cornellians are advocating for #Sustainability and here's how: https://t.co/ayfZ9m0X2S https://t.co/JMImxVbloV

@SustainCornell

The students said, "We hope that our team’s passion for sustainability and engineering will help bring awareness to different issues such as climate change...” 🌻 https://t.co/lbkgvghw0Y

@SustainCornell

Student service opportunity - become an Orientation EcoRep! 🌎 Be the first point of contact for students to learn about @Cornell sustainability mission. Deadline to apply May 15th. https://t.co/T0pvOLQiOe https://t.co/3QyJPQkG3S

@SustainCornell

Great opportunity to learn and grow #sustainability skills for students! 👍 https://t.co/PEb6v1pJIS

@SustainCornell

What's it like to manage the #energysystems for a campus of Cornell's size, and make #sustainability and #cliamtechange a priority? 👀 Just ask Bert Bland, AVP for Energy & Sustainability. Catch the full interview from @TheMegawattHour here: https://t.co/FgzpHQUhcE https://t.co/D3cVThpr5j

@CornellAlumni

Going to be in D.C. on May 29th? Return to the classroom with other Cornellians and hear what @Cornell professors have to say about advancing urban sustainability. These events usually sell out fast so be sure to register today! https://t.co/Vvvtd1sYRU

@SustainCornell

Are you a member of the student sustainability community at Cornell? 🏆 We want to celebrate YOU at this year's Golden Gorge Awards! RSVP or submit a nomination to recognize someone for Initiative of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Biggest Fail, and more. https://t.co/Ue123CRT3U https://t.co/Aic0VdGjJz

@CornellSGE

Join us for our weekly Finance & Sustaiability Colloquium as we bring in Nicholas Zuba from @CTGreenBank to speak on financing industrial & commercial businesses #sustainably. #CornellMBA #sustainability #finance #impactinvesting https://t.co/NyxiiReprl

@SustainCornell

The inaugural Cornell Energy Days event brought together researchers, staff, and students passionate about energy research from across the campus. Read about the outcomes: https://t.co/hMq3mN7sfg #cleanenergy #Sustainability https://t.co/qvhpgKuPpj

@AtkinsonCenter

Learn how Cornell faculty & alumni, including Atkinson Fellows Timur Dogan & Victoria Beard, are using sustainable city planning to solve local and global challenges at “Return to the Classroom: Advancing Urban Sustainability” on May 29 in Washington, DC. https://t.co/IxAPCobZtG https://t.co/5e16ivzVxT

@AtkinsonCenter

RT @CornellDyson: . @AtkinsonCenter postdoc fellows address global #sustainabilityhttps://t.co/RbyBdkPGIT @FarazUsmani will be working with Professor @cbb2cornell to study the effectiveness of policies that aim to foster cleaner energy #technology. @CornellNews https://t.co/2hv4WNrv9b

@CornellSGE

Whether you decide to #cycle to work today or wash your laundry on cold, do YOUR part to save the planet! Turn small habits of #sustainability into a lifestyle. Happy #EarthDay !! #CornellMBA #CornellSGE #MondayMotivation https://t.co/EqAuoDKIzw

@CornellSGE

Join managing director of @Arc_Finance, Niki Armacost, at the next @CornellSGE #Finance & #Sustainability Colloquium to know more about #development throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America & Eastern Europe. #microfinance #marketdevelopment #CornellMBA https://t.co/9PAB80C5ak

@CornellSGE

RT @CornellMBA: In 2019, corporate #sustainability is a necessity, not a luxury. #CornellMBA @CornellSGE https://t.co/fNGtuZ9fhp

@SustainCornell

Sue Brightly is April's @Cornell's Staff Sustainability Champion 🌏 Using non-disposable dishware/containers and having fun with crocheting "spoon cozies" for her friends. She believes small acts can make a big difference.Nominate a staff member today! 🏆 https://t.co/pxvYbDoMTM https://t.co/J7QDswVoOV

@CornellSGE

Check out an article about our latest speaker in the #Finance & #Sustainability Colloquium, Neel Inamdar. The article sums up his lecture on the challenges of acquiring finances & investments for sustainable fisheries. Read about it here: https://t.co/jsXQtOgLUd

@CornellSGE

April is #SustainabilityMonth. Here are 3 Tips to be green today! 1.Unplug electronics that are not in use which saves #energy & money! 2.Take shorter showers & reuse captured water for watering house plants 3.For laundry, wash full loads & air dry them https://t.co/tYs0SixIyV https://t.co/h1n0jNuVjW

@SustainCornell

Summer (and current!) positions are now open in the Campus Sustainability Office. Work at one of the nation's leading Ivy sustainability centers and stay in beautiful Ithaca for the summer. Applications due April 18th. https://t.co/hFDtd8umMz https://t.co/MzBsbqQnXv

@SustainCornell

Ready for a treat to kick-off your sustainability month at Cornell? Dairy Alternative Day will celebrate all things vegan with plant milks, yogurt, and ice cream, and a keynote speaker, on Monday April 8th.🍦🌱🐄 https://t.co/VF9ZWn9Qe3

@AtkinsonCenter

April is Sustainability Month at Cornell! We are celebrating all things sustainable, with 60+ events in film, fashion, art, wellness, social justice, climate change leadership, and sustainability topics. Here is a list of highlights: https://t.co/V5LptYUXOA

@CornellAlumni

.@CornellCALS alumna Emilie Mulligan '15 is a fourth generation farmer who's working sustainability into her farming practices. https://t.co/IZE90BLFTF

@AtkinsonCenter

The Atkinson Center is proud to once again help support the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival! The sustainability-themed festival runs through April 7, with screenings and events at Ithaca College and Cinemapolis. Don't miss out! https://t.co/QH1DIa3vVx https://t.co/155A9Y4RV0

@SustainCornell

RT @CornellSGE: If you missed our #Finance & #Sustainability Colloquium read our article about @beal_douglas from @BCG speaking on the benefits of social impact & how #sustainable practices can be good for business. Read the full article here https://t.co/ECeZfg4FC2

@CornellSGE

If you missed our #Finance & #Sustainability Colloquium read our article about @beal_douglas from @BCG speaking on the benefits of social impact & how #sustainable practices can be good for business. Read the full article here https://t.co/ECeZfg4FC2

@SustainCornell

Cornell Energy Day hosted by the Cornell Energy Systems Club & Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) is April 10th - register to learn about emerging issues related to energy and sustainability during this full day event on campus. 🔋https://t.co/ZGWfrmN62i

@SustainCornell

A new season of “What Makes Us Human” podcast from @CornellCALS explores the relationship between humans and water. A new episode of the series "What Does Water Mean for Us Humans?" will be released each Tuesday this Spring. https://t.co/44CYJVOI6E | #sustainability https://t.co/k9ZQIXswWu

@SustainCornell

It's finally here! @Cornell celebrates all things #sustainability during the month of April with 60+ events in film, fashion, art, wellness, social justice, climate change , and more. See events here: https://t.co/o1Li9auM5Y ♻ 💡 🌎 https://t.co/zlgBuoQNtZ

@SustainCornell

About 250 students from Cornell, Ithaca High School and other local schools marched, chanted and rallied against a warming world as part of the Global Climate Strike March 15, 2019 at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons. https://t.co/4x4x0vjPXT #sustainability https://t.co/ZENhmK0pOe

@SustainCornell

Finance and Sustainability Colloquium - Michael Gilbert - Cornell https://t.co/gDxzDLe7Mw via @Cornell

@CornellSGE

Join us for the weekly colloquium with Michael Gilbert, Fairstead's Energy & Sustainability Director. Listen to his experience working in #cleantech, #sustainability & #energy across multiple industries. #CornellSGE #CornellMBA https://t.co/WYfCVF9Bnk

@SustainCornell

Looking for summer work? The Town of Ithaca Planning Department is looking for a full-time student employee to assist the Planning staff, including the Sustainability Planner, in a variety of projects. Applications are due March 20th. https://t.co/7tG3h11vQ8

@SustainCornell

A successful, six month pilot launched last August in just three on-campus dining retail locations has already reduced single-use plastic waste by 700lbs. #sustainability @Cornell @CornellDining | Full story: https://t.co/cUhABKu8cN https://t.co/gXUTaYUsLM

@CornellSGE

'Technology for #Sustainability' panelists emphasized the need for efficiency & visibility in the development of #technology. As technology evolves it has the ability to power sustainable solutions for the future. @agadnis @BanQuApp @DerekLaClair @EmpowerEquity https://t.co/SL4eZJskEz

@CornellSGE

Representives from @InkaterraHotels @CornellBirds & CPG Hospitality touched on managing #resources & the overall approach of the tourism industry towards investing in #sustainability in our last panel 'Sustainable Tourism: Past, Present, & Future'. #CBIS2019 https://t.co/Y9u3D8fMpN

@CornellSGE

#fairtrade #childlabor #transparency and more were discussed in today’s CBIS Food Sustainability Certifications panel with representatives from @FiveNorthChoc @IKEAUSA @theCOSA_org and @hain_celestial https://t.co/YaQTSch8gR

@SustainCornell

Women dominate in sustainability, with 62% of sustainability staff in higher education identifying as women according to 2017 data. But there is still work to do. Only 38% of *senior* roles are staffed by women. #BalanceforBetter #IWD2019@AASHENews https://t.co/jKUCLQ20CJ https://t.co/T6LMmJZETW

@SustainCornell

In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, meet the women who run the Campus Sustainability Office @Cornell University, inspiring sustainability transformation on campus, and around the world. ♀ Look for more #sustainability heroine features today! https://t.co/11j1kKG3oT https://t.co/EPjFxT9iVL

@SustainCornell

Call for events! April is Sustainability month - how is your department, office, or club planning to celebrate? Deadline for events to be included in campus promotion is March 18th. https://t.co/bykgfev2FR

@CornellSGE

Panelist Matthew Himmel from @theCOSA_org is on two very exciting panels, 'Next on the Map: Impact investing in emerging markets' & "Food Sustainability Certifications: Hype or hope'. Don't miss out and register now at https://t.co/Za7VXF40s5 https://t.co/XOQuNt840f

@CornellSGE

We are excited to have @erolodabasi from @haincelestial on our 'Food #Sustainability Certifications: Hype or hope' panel. If you are interested in hearing about sustainable solutions for a better future register now at https://t.co/Za7VXF40s5 https://t.co/TChLKbaPQ5

@CornellSGE

The #cornellsge cohort wrapped up their final day at @frogdesign. Always a pleasure to sit with the frogs & implement #designthinking into solving their #projects. #sustainability #sgetrek #cornellmba https://t.co/1Snmt4iode

@CornellSGE

Keynote speaker @agadnis from @BanQuApp will be presenting '#Blockchain for Social Impact' and will also be on our panel 'Technology for #Sustainability'. The deadline for early bird tickets is today! Register now at https://t.co/Za7VXF40s5 https://t.co/rmVOpodTIY

@CornellSGE

SGE students had a chance to hear Thomas Lamb and Thomas Abdallah at the @MTA speak on #innovation & #sustainability of #MassTransport. #cornellmba #cornellsge #trek https://t.co/v7brLttB9n

@CornellSGE

Thomas McQuillan explains the #innovations used to optimise #food usage at @BaldorFood - #cornellsge immersion trek. #sustainability https://t.co/ojcSIPi6lu

@SustainCornell

Staff, join us for an advanced level session on sustainability management. The training will provide managers and those honing their leadership skills at Cornell with in-depth business systems tools for sustainability and low-carbon management. https://t.co/qjNHSFra6J https://t.co/KDrWHhF6qX

@CornellSGE

The Finance & Sustainability Colloquium kicks off with Neel Inamdar from @wildernessmkts where data & research are used to provide information to companies to make #sustainable #investment decisions for the #environment. Join us on Tuesday at 6pm! https://t.co/78xyVhLgO6

@SustainCornell

Are you ready with the skills you need to lead and manage at Cornell? Join us for Management training this April to improve your understanding of Cornell's commitments, policies, and tools for sustainability in every unit and office on campus. https://t.co/Bhq4AmzkcP https://t.co/NV3LxJWmRe

@CornellSGE

The #cornellsge students kick off their first day of the trek at @Unilever. Thank you to @aistern (MBA '17) for hosting us! #cornellmba #sustainability https://t.co/tGGb3GCHin

@CornellSGE

Join us on March 9th for our "Technology for #Sustainability' panel featuring @DerekLaClair from @EmpowerEquity ! Don't miss out on early bird registrations, deadline is March 1st. https://t.co/Za7VXF40s5 https://t.co/49RlepJlvL

@CornellSGE

Featured on our panel 'Food #Sustainability Certifications: Hype or hope" is @BenjaminConard from @FiveNorthChoc Register here for early bird tickets: https://t.co/Za7VXF40s5 https://t.co/co4ArzVg9V

@bertbland

Sarah Zemanick, director of campus sustainability at Cornell “As the land grant university to New York , our commitment ... extends beyond our boundaries... Purchasing net-zero electricity brings our campus...closer to meeting our carbon neutrality goals” https://t.co/qqVnouKXGb

@CornellSGE

We are excited to have Vanessa Barboni, from Another Tomorrow, on our 'Transforming to #EthicalFashion' panel! Join us if you're interested in knowing more about #business & #sustainability: https://t.co/Za7VXF40s5 https://t.co/aZWhx0fuyx

@CornellSGE

The #CornellSGE cohort spent a rigorous 2 weeks in Immersion Boot Camp, with final presentations to companies! #dedication #CornellMBA #MBA #Sustainability #Business https://t.co/zwOSnG0TyS

@CornellSGE

The SGE Immersion student are finally meeting their project representatives. Thank you to our partners: @Cargill @Emerson_News @generalelectric Resonance @LeadOnClimate @SUBWAY Unchain @SenecaWomen & @unicauca #cornellmba #mba #sustainability https://t.co/FfPioqiPGx

@CornellSGE

Kicking off our annual SGE Boot Camp week with icebreaker sessions! #cornellsge #cornellmba #sustainability #bootcamp https://t.co/xOq4x3aUdj

@bertbland

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

@bertbland

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

@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

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