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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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@CornellSHA

VP Andrea Bonilla of @CayugaSH focuses on prioritizing people, sustainability, and service. Through these values, she shares how her company is making a positive impact on #hospitality and the environment #CornellSHA #LifeIsService #HEC94

@CornellMBA

RT @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

@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

@AtkinsonCenter

At the Atkinson Center, we fund pioneering, risk-taking researchers at all stages of their careers. Help us support students and postdocs exploring sustainability issues by donating to our #CornellGivingDay Hands-on Learning fund. https://t.co/LLWtTKmwCO https://t.co/fDGariUrET

@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

@AtkinsonCenter

“After working on this [soil health] roadmap for over a year, I'm more optimistic than ever about the sustainability of New York’s diverse agriculture,” says Atkinson Fellow David Wolfe. https://t.co/SxAkwk6MQI https://t.co/G5VAuq4IA8

@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

@CornellCHE

Human Ecology's commitment to sustainability extends to creative staff efforts to educate each other on one pot cooking! During February break there was a "Slow Cooker Slam" w/ awards for Healthiest, Most Sustainable, Tastiest and the People's Choice. @SustainCornell #iamhumec https://t.co/oeWfRhIcKi

@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

@SustainCornell

RT @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

@SustainCornell

Less red meat, diverse choices, better packaging. 🥕 A longtime leader in the "Menus of Change" program, learn how @CornellDining is creating a healthy, sustainable food ecosystem using our campus as a pilot for future food systems. https://t.co/SjA2UJxGR1 #sustainability https://t.co/XISf1ROSEV

@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

@CornellEng

Interested in #3DPrinting, #MechanicalEngineering, or sustainability? CollabSpace has it all. https://t.co/JG9n26YtCo https://t.co/l0o1L1UL4V

@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

@CornellCALS

RT @AtkinsonCenter: The Atkinson Center is welcoming five new postdoctoral fellows to jump-start promising sustainability efforts that could have global impact. https://t.co/dmgwstpdkT https://t.co/F0B25x1sOa

@AtkinsonCenter

The Atkinson Center is welcoming five new postdoctoral fellows to jump-start promising sustainability efforts that could have global impact. https://t.co/dmgwstpdkT https://t.co/F0B25x1sOa

@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

@AtkinsonCenter

Cornell undergrad and grad students, don’t miss out! There’s still time to apply for Atkinson-EDF summer internships. Work on cutting-edge sustainability issues and get hands-on experience at the intersection of science and policy. Deadline is Feb. 18. https://t.co/p0yZ3TSWjB https://t.co/eZEuKEfhbK

@AtkinsonCenter

A new competitive grant program from the Atkinson Center and @nature_org supports innovative sustainability solutions, such as using soil to fight climate change and saving the Amazon with wind and solar energy. https://t.co/Nw43xUMrg0 https://t.co/6ooOYbnZZt

@SustainCornell

ESW Speaker Series:Nick Goldsmith Monday,Feb 11, 4:30pm, Hollister Hall,110 Nick Goldsmith is the Sustainability Coordinator for both the Town and City of Ithaca will be speaking about Ithaca's new Green Building Policy among other projects in local sustainability. @ESWCornell https://t.co/w1CQPZsLoV

@AtkinsonCenter

A new Rural Humanities initiative, led by Atkinson Fellows Paul Fleming and Gerard Aching, will leverage Cornell’s position in Central NY to reinvigorate engagement with rural communities and landscapes, including a focus on environmental sustainability. https://t.co/3SKOd5QCC8 https://t.co/aYSL3ppgkh

@SustainCornell

We're building smart, green facilities for comfort and #sustainability. Check out this @WSJ story featuring the @CornellTechNYC Passive House, a residential facility which uses 1/3 the power of a conventional building. #greenbuilding #sustainablecities https://t.co/XQPvuLyVj2 https://t.co/G8CoVRCGC7

@SustainCornell

Great news students! A $3,000 for a clean energy prize just had the deadline extended. Applications are due Feb 8th 2019 for NY students to present revolutionary #sustainability #cleanenergy ideas in the 'Transforming Our Tomorrow' competition. https://t.co/ewCJjzm1u1 https://t.co/5sb49yytC0

@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

@SustainCornell

Internship alert. @CityofIthaca1 is looking for an Energy and Sustainability Intern to assist with a variety of projects related to energy and #sustainability. Applications are due January 24th. Apply: https://t.co/cQj4zRX3mv

@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

@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

@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

@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

@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

@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

@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

@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

@CornellSGE

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

Our campuses are living laboratories for sustainability and climate change research.