Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.35
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sarah Brylinsky
Sustainability Communications & Integration Maanger
Campus Sustainability Office
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Cornell participates in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Ivy+ Sustainability Network, The Climate Alliance, the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, and the International Sustainability Campus Network (ISCN). For a full list see https://sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/about/partnerships/national-partners-beyond


Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Cornell participates in the The Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) ​​​​​, Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC), New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE), and has a member of the Campus Sustainability Office serve on the board of local NGO Get Your Green Back Tompkins (GYGBT). For a full list see https://sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/about/partnerships/local-regional-partners


Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

2021 Ivy+ Sustainability Network, Annual Meeting - numerous presentations


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Cornell provided a case study on the Quadruple Bottom Line Sustainability Project Evaluation tool to the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium's annual Executive Vice President Listening Post Report in Fall 2021. The report details a case study application of the QBL tool, its carbon pricing application in renewable power and heat capital planning, and relevance to other campus master planning and capital financing procedures. The report is available to members of the Ivy+ EVP Listening Post.


Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Cornell University has active representatives on the Advisory Board for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the Steering Committee of the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE).

The University also has staff, students, and faculty who serve on numerous local sustainability network and event organizing committees, including the The Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI)- an award-winning climate action and clean energy coalition in the Ithaca, NY area made up of community leaders from the education, business, local government, nonprofit, and youth sectors. https://www.tccpi.org/


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Cornell is a founding member of the Ivy+ Sustainability group, which expanded membership to Ivy league "plus" campuses outside of the original core Ivy founders. Original founding institutions take on a mentorship role with campuses who are newer to joining the initiative, and/or campuses where value can be increased through an exchange of best practices. Cornell's Campus Sustainability Staff has mentored three campuses in the last two years through the exchange of direct calls and best-practice sharing, including sensitive internal documents, for the purpose of accelerating and expanding those campuses' capacity for carbon neutrality, sustainability financing, and related activities.

Cornell University is a sister university to KAUST in Saudi Arabia. The Campus Sustainability Office at Cornell established a formal mentorship relationship in 2016 which includes international visits, ongoing support for strategic planning & sustainable facilities development, and specific peer support for green labs program development.

Cornell has also provided support to several campuses in creating implementation strategies for inclusion of quadruple bottom line (QBL) data into project decision making, following the release of the 2016 "Options for a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035" report in which the University used QBL analysis for campus energy project cost-benefit analysis. This direct mentorship is based on connections developed at regional conferences and networks.


Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

As a member of the Ivy+ Sustainability Network, Cornell provides ongoing GHG emissions data review and inventory improvement on a rotating basis with other campuses in this group, each year. Data is reviewed for consistency, data errors, and agreed-upon standards for sharing GHG emissions within this group. The review process is formal, rotational, and non-reciprocal.


A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

In August 2021, Cornell University and the City of Ithaca established the UN Finger Lakes Energy Compact, a regional research and energy partnership in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 to "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all," and the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The Finger Lakes Energy Compact serves as an ambitious action agenda extending to 2030, and commits to advance these goals through foundational, specific, and trackable actions. As a non-governmental entity within the United Nations, the Compact is the first higher-education & civic partnership of its kind. Cornell and the City committed to an aggressive agenda of supporting the green energy transition via the City of Ithaca's Green New Deal, new financing and justice-related initiatives, research sharing, and a commitment to accelerating local, accessible renewable energy and efficiency upgrades needed for a carbon-neutral future in New York State.
https://sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/about/partnerships/local-regional-partners/un-finger-lakes-energy-compact


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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