State University of New York College at Cortland
Description/achievement of initiative

The College has achieved a great deal in the past few years, including establishing a Climate Action Committee charged with developing a climate action plan that could provide a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality; the establishment of two subcommittees to increase sustainability topics into the curriculum and to address financial aspects of sustainability efforts; the reporting and tracking of sustainability efforts through ACUPCC and STARS; and partnering through community outreach.

Implementation methodologies

Our sustainability project between 2012 and 2015:

Engage the SUNY Cortland community in campus-wide dialog to develop a campus-wide definition of sustainability

Explore additional ways to incorporate sustainability topics into the curriculum

Increase community outreach through partnership in sustainability initiatives, e.g. Sustainable Cortland

Improve and update the campus sustainability webpage

Seek more ways for students to participate in sustainability initiatives

Continue to provide informational opportunities, e.g., Sustainability Week/Earth Week

Continue to observe ACUPCC and STARS reporting and tracking cycle submissions

Monitor and update Campus Climate Action Plan

Assign high priority to sustainability in future campus-wide construction projects, e.g., new residence hall and Student Life Center


State University of New York College at Cortland
Deliverable Date
Climate action plan 2015
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff dedicated to sustainable practices

Action Network
  • Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Erik J.Bitterbaum, President,

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Eric J. Bitterbaum President
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