President Skorton at STARS celebration

The May/June edition of Cornell Alumni Magazine features President David Skorton's story, Sustainability: One of the Defining Challenges of Our Time.  

President Skorton Speaks about Sustainability

May 22, 2012

President Skorton at STARS celebration

The May/June edition of Cornell Alumni Magazine features President David Skorton's story, Sustainability: One of the Defining Challenges of Our Time.   Highlighting sustainability programs across the Cornell campus, the article mention’s ACSF’s leadership, including the recent launch of the CARE/Cornell partnership and faculty recruitment efforts to address sustainability research.

Skorton and Atkinson at ACSF celebration
President Skorton with David Atkinson ’60 at a ceremony celebrating the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Sustainability is a critical and timely research area, a focus of student activism, a foundational principle in new campus con­struction, and a key consideration for our campus operations—encompassing energy, climate, water, food, waste, buildings, people, land, purchasing, and transportation. All of us, on Cornell’s campuses and in the wider Cornell community, can be very proud of our university’s leadership in this area. But global problems related to sustainability are manifold, and we cannot rest on past accomplishments. Here is what Cornell is doing in this exceedingly important sphere.

Sustainability is reflected in our strategic plan, which has among its objectives effective stewardship of the natural and built environment. Earlier this year, our attention to sustainability across multiple dimensions earned Cornell a gold-level national sustainability rating on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) self-assessment system… (read more)