Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.69
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 8, 2013
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Cornell University
PAE-2: Strategic Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.00 / 6.00 Robert Bland
Sr. Director
Energy & Sustainability
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Year the strategic plan or equivalent was completed or adopted:
2,010

Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the environmental dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the environmental dimensions of sustainability:

The strategic plan includes the following language:

The beauty of Cornell's natural surroundings and its built environment are key assets that must be enhanced and preserved. At the same time, facilities must be allowed to grow and evolve as necessary to support the university's core mission. Decisions regarding facilities and the physical environment typically involve the complex interplay of multiple factors and interests that must be recognized and addressed in order to steward effectively the university's physical resources. These decisions should be framed by and consistent with Cornell University's commitments to sustainability and accessibility. An integrated planning model should involve the following elements:

Actions:

1. Make environmental sustainability a guiding principle in the stewardship of the university's facilities and resources and in assessments of its impact on the community and region.
2. Pursue the sustainability objectives in Cornell's 2008 Master Plan for the Ithaca Campus and the Climate Action Plan of 2009.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the social dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the social dimensions of sustainability:

The Strategic Plan includes a section on Cornell's commitment to outreach and sustainable development throughout New York State and around the world:

"Public engagement refers to the proactive involvement of faculty, students, and staff designed to have an impact on the world outside the university, from local to global communities. It subsumes the full panoply of ways that Cornell's faculty, staff, and students make meaningful contributions to local, societal, and global issues (e.g., problems of environmental sustainability, health, and poverty), from participating in public discourse or the performing arts to applied research and formal extension programs. Conceiving of the university's outreach mission as "public engagement" is an important shift because it recasts that mission in broader and more inclusive terms.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the economic dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the economic dimensions of sustainability:

Since 2007, Cornell has completed a thorough assessment of the University's economic impacts and has included the economic dimension of sustainability in its assessment. Additional details on sustainability from the most recent report (2009) can be found on page 22 of the report available at http://landgrant.cornell.edu/cu/cms/landgrant/impact/upload/econ-impact-2009.pdf


The website URL where information about the strategic plan is available:

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