The Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability is the hub of collaborative sustainability research at Cornell University, forging vital connections among researchers, students, staff, and external partners. The intellectual power of Cornell, combined with its vision of being the “land grant to the world,” make it uniquely suited to be a global leader in sustainability scholarship and practices. No other U.S. university with a land grant mission has taken such a broad and deep systems approach to sustainability. However, there is more to be done.
The missing ingredient in the sustainability arena has been a defined pathway for taking knowledge to impact—to convert the advanced research at Cornell into large-scale, long-term solutions worldwide. Cornell Atkinson provides that bridge. We facilitate interdisciplinary sustainability research across Cornell and link to co-created sustainability solutions with non-academic partners among our four core priority areas: Reducing Climate Risks, Accelerating Energy Transitions, Increasing Food Security, and Advancing One Health.