Frank DiSalvo holding a globe

The Winter 2012 edition of Cornell University's Ezra Magazine features stories about ACSF, research by our leaders and faculty fellows, plus sustainability efforts across Cornell 

ACSF Featured in Ezra Magazine

December 19, 2011

Frank DiSalvo holding a globe

The Winter 2012 edition of Cornell University's Ezra Magazine features stories about ACSF, research by our leaders and faculty fellows, plus sustainability efforts across Cornell:

Q&A: Reports from the front line of ideas for a sustainable planet

by Lauren Chambliss (ACSF Communications Director)

Frank DiSalvoFrank DiSalvo (ACSF Director)

“Cornell’s faculty works at the epicenter of a global effort to understand and ultimately provide workable solutions to urgent environmental, ecological and energy challenges to the planet. Ezra posed some provocative questions to a few of the more than 300 professors working on sustainability projects in the Colleges of Engineering; Agriculture and Life Sciences; Arts and Sciences; and Architecture, Art and Planning; and at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, founded by David Atkinson ’60 and his wife, Patricia…” (read more)

[The article features statements by Chris Barrett (AEM & ACSF A.D. Economic Developement), Drew Harvell (EEB & ACSF A.D. Environment), Jeff Tester (CHEME & ACSF A.D. Energy), Natalie Mahowald (EAS), David Wolfe (CSS), Lars Angenent (BEE), Zellman Warhaft (MAE), Ruth Richardson (CEE)...]

The Atkinson Center solutions factory: Up and running
by Emily Sanders Hopkins

Wendy Wolford leads a topical lunch

 “In 2008, 15 professors from five Cornell departments spanning several colleges gathered over sandwiches and potato chips to brainstorm research approaches to the problem of mycotoxin-infected corn. Four years later, thanks in part to that lunch and an initial seed grant, one Cornell doctoral student gathered a mountain of data in Kenya, two Cornell professors are major players in a multinational study funded by the Australian government, and tens of thousands of Africans will be better protected from a toxin that stunts children’s growth and can even be fatally poisonous.

The David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has sponsored 60 such topical lunches, funded 50 research projects, and launched “mini fellowship” programs in agrarian transformation and sustainable biodiversity. Most impressive, perhaps, are the many interdepartmental working relationships the center has fostered and the research advances those teams have achieved in the center’s four years…” (read more)

 

Creating a sustainable campus
by Krishna Ramanujan

Big Red Bikes

“Two years ago Cornell became one of the first universities in the United States to lay out a road map for campus sustainability. The Climate Action Plan calls for net zero emissions – no carbon footprint – on the Ithaca campus by 2050. Already, the university has reduced emissions by 25 percent, largely due to a new combined heat and power plant and an end to coal use on campus.

Cornell’s sustainability efforts include diverting 117,000 pounds of dining waste to compost every month (reducing Cornell’s landfill by half); the building of Silver, Gold and Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified facilities; and implementation of dozens of new policies and practices – many initiated by student advocates, others as a result of staff and faculty initiative – that shrink Cornell’s ecological footprint and reduce costs associated with energy and other resources…” (read more)