Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.69
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 8, 2013
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Cornell University
PAE-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Robert Bland
Sr. Director
Energy & Sustainability
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Does the institution have a sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

President David Skorton formed a 50 member President's Sustainable Campus Committee (PSCC) to a) provide high-level oversight on administrative decisions that impact campus and regional sustainability and b) facilitate communication and promote synergies across relevant University functions and constituencies. The PSCC works to promote a culture of sustainability on campus through effective collaborations among staff, students, faculty, and regional partners, and it advocates for policies and programs that enhance Cornell’s commitment to be a living laboratory for the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainability.

The PSCC includes representatives from operations and academic staff, students and faculty, and is involved across 10 areas of sustainable campus activities: energy, climate, water, food, waste, buildings, people, land, purchasing and transportation. Teams of staff, students and faculty implement actions in each of these areas.

Members of the committee, including affiliations:

Executive Committee

• Co-Chair: Kyu Whang, Vice President, Facilities Services
• Co-Chair: Tim Fahey, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Natural Resources
• Advisory Committee Chair: Michael Hoffmann, Associate Dean of CALS; Director, CUAES
• Communications Committee Chair: Lesley Yorke, Public Affairs, University Communications
• Lauren Chambliss, Director of Communications, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
• Mary-Lynn Cummings, Director of Space Planning, Planning and Budget
• Lisa James, Facilities Manager, Residential Life
• Gary Stewart, Deputy Director, Community Relations, Government and Community Relations

President’s Sustainable Campus Committee Management
• Daniel Roth, Associate Director, Campus Sustainability Office
• Bert Bland, Senior Director, Energy and Sustainability Department

Advisory Committee

• Chair: Michael Hoffmann, Associate Dean; Director CUAES, CALS
• Karl Pillemer, Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension, Human Ecology
• Joe Grasso, Associate Dean for Finance, Administration, and Corporate Relations, ILR
• Charles Seyler, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, College of Engineering
• Sarah Wicker, Associate Dean for Administration, Graduate School
• Aimee Turner, Associate Vice President, Finance
• Tracy Vosburgh, Assistant Vice President, University Communications
• Maria Cimilluca, Senior Director of Facilities Management, Facilities Services
• Frank DiSalvo, Director, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
• Darrick Evensen, Graduate Representative, Board of Trustees
• Becca Macies, Student Sustainability Intern, Campus Sustainability Office
• Linda Croll Howell, Director of Work/Life Services, Human Resources
• Kent Hubbell, Dean of Students, Student and Academic Services
• Richard Kiely, Director, Center for Engaged Learning and Research
• Ken Schlather, Executive Director, Tompkins County Cooperative Extension

Communications Committee
• Chair: Lesley Yorke, Public Affairs, University Communications
• Careen Arsenault, Sustainability Administrator, Campus Sustainability Office
• Spring Buck, R5 Operations Manager, Facilities Operations
• Wendy Franzese, Assistant to the Director, Facilities Management, Facilities Services
• Lisa Hogarty, Webmaster, Campus Sustainability Office
• Ashley Kossakowski, Energy Conservation Intern, Energy Management Office
• Mark Lawrence, Communications Manager, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
• Becca Macies, Student Sustainability Intern, Campus Sustainability Office
• Erin Moore, Energy Conservation Outreach Manager, E&S
• Daniel Roth, Associate Director, Campus Sustainability Office
• Raquel Sghiatti, Social Media Intern, Campus Sustainability Office
• Sarah Zemanick, Environmental Management Specialist, Campus Sustainability Office

Focus Team Leaders

Buildings Team
• Gilbert Delgado, Capital Projects and Planning
• Kevin Pratt, Professor, Architecture

Climate Team
• Abena Ojetayo, Facilities Engineering
• Tim Fahey, Professor, Natural Resources

Energy Team
• Ed Wilson, Campus Sustainability Office
• Jeff Tester, Professor, Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering

Food Team
• Therese O'Connor, Dining Administration
• Jane Mt. Pleasant, Associate Professor, Horticulture

Land Team
• Mina Amundsen, Campus Planning Office
• Marianne Elizabeth Krasny, Professor, Natural Resources

People Team
• Linda Croll Howell, Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, Human Resources
• Susanne M. Bruyère, Professor, School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Purchasing Team
• Tom Romantic, Procurement Services
• Rohit Verma, Professor, Executive Director the Center for Hospitality Research

Transportation Team
• Joe Lalley, Facilities Operations
• Katherine Gleason, Professor, Architecture

Waste Team
• Spring Buck, Recycling Operations
• Jean Bonhotal, Associate Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences

Water Team
• Chris Bordlemay, Water Treatment Plant Manager, Facilities Services
• Todd Walter, Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability office?:

A brief description of the sustainability office:

The Campus Sustainability Office works with students, staff, faculty and community members to catalyze Cornell's transformation into a sustainable campus, including its energy infrastructure. The Campus Sustainability Office is a section within the Energy & Sustainability Department.

The number of people employed in the sustainability office:

The website URL where information about the sustainability office is available:
Does the institution have a sustainability coordinator?:

Sustainability coordinator's name:
Daniel Roth

Sustainability coordinator's position title:
Associate Director for Campus Sustainability

A brief description of the sustainability coordinator’s position:

Responsible for providing the vision, organizational strategy, and leadership for the E&S Sustainability Office in advancing operational and programmatic sustainability efforts. Develop programmatic partnerships between the faculty, students, and staff that advance the environmental sustainability actions defined in the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. Provide senior administrators, faculty, staff and students with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to integrate sustainability values and practices into strategic planning processes, operations and resource management, and overall University practices. Collaborate with students, faculty, staff, relevant committees, and external partners to support and enhance current sustainability initiatives, and provide leadership in assisting the University to continue to enhance its efforts and reputation with regard to sustainability programs. Develop and supervise student internship program. Provide expertise in facilitation, capacity building, educational and outreach program planning, and strategic communications to project managers and consultants across the University.

The website URL where information about the sustainability coordinator is available:

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