Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.12
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Marianne Krasny
Department of Natural Resources
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

See the attached document for a comprehensive inventory of all continuing education programs across Cornell Cooperative Extension offices over the entire state. The "courses" documented here are non-credit instructional activities that take various forms including local workshops, guided tours, field demonstrations, and public meetings. Topical areas include global food security and hunger, climate change, sustainable energy, food safety, childhood obesity and nutrition and youth, family and communities. The count of sustainability focused/related courses are shown in a pivot table in the second sheet.

The inventory reflects the CCE courses from 2019 due to a delay in 2020 reporting because of the pandemic.

Also attached below in 'Optional Fields' is a document that further describes the methodology of the inventory spreadsheet, in addition to descriptions of 10 specific continuing education courses, out of the many offered across the state.

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration offers a Certification in Facilities Management and Planning. This certification includes a course, "Hospitality Facilities and Sustainable Hotel Management", which discusses a broad range of triple-bottom-line issues ranging from global certifications to tactical green activities every hotel can accomplish.

More information about this course is available at

Cornell Cooperative Extension programming:
Cornell University utilizes the Cooperative Extension Education System to extend educational programs to citizens all across New York State. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) programs are planned with an interest in long-term community and personal sustainability. CCE provides high-value educational programs and university-backed resources that help solve real-life problems, transforming and improving New York families, farms, businesses, and communities. Programs related to integrated pest management, invasive species, youth education enrichment, adapting agricultural practices in the face of climate change, family nutrition and budget balancing, and community planning are examples of non-formal educational initiatives connected to Cornell’s interest in motivating sustainable practices. http://cce.cornell.edu/

Specific Cooperative Extension certificate programs include:
• Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition http://www.ecornell.com/certificates/plant-based-nutrition/certificate-in-plant-based-nutrition-cme-edition/
• Climate Smart Farming: http://climateinstitute.cals.cornell.edu/climate-smart-farming/
• Master Composter: http://ccetompkins.org/garden/composting/become-master-composter
• Master Gardener: http://gardening.cals.cornell.edu/cornell-cooperative-extension-master-gardener-volunteer-program/
• Northeast Beginning Farmers Training's – Small Farms Program http://nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/
• Preventing Childhood Obesity: An Ecological Approach,
website https://www.nutritionworks.cornell.edu/features/index.cfm
• Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action Online Course

Website URL where information about the institution’s continuing education courses and programs in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The source of this data is the Cornell Cooperative Extensions internal annual program activity reporting system.

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