Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.33
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2024

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.02 / 5.00 Lisa Kilgore
STARS Administrator
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:
Cornell provides a number of opportunities for employees to participate in community service, ranging from departmental team building activities (e.g. cooking for local food shelters, volunteering at local community centers) to large-scale fundraising campaigns (e.g. Cornell University's initiatives account for a full 40% of United Way of Tompkins County's annual campaign). Many Cornell employees volunteer within Ithaca’s rich non-profit community as members or on non-profit boards. Public service is central to Cornell's mission, and our partnerships with the local community are widespread and celebrated, including via an annual Town-Gown Awards ceremony


Cornell offers employees paid-time for volunteering for major campus events (e.g. Move-in Days, Dump & Run, Slope Day, Commencement,Convocation). Employees are also eligible to apply for a number of Engaged Cornell grants funding public service initiatives: https://engaged.cornell.edu/grants/faculty-staff-funding/#grantstesting

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Data received directly from Volunteer staff, faculty, student coordinators of community service programs and groups.

Additional data from:
The Campus Groups platform hosts all approved Cornell student groups. Among them, 1406 groups are tagged with community service. Data on community service activities were filtered to include only active and unique entries. Calculations were based on an assumption of 2.5 hours per student group activity over 30 weeks (15 weeks per semester).


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