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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 sustainabilityExplore additional ways to incorporate sustainability topics into the curriculum Increase community outreach through partnership in sustainability initiatives, e.g. Sustainable CortlandImprove and update the campus sustainability webpageSeek more ways for students to participate in sustainability initiativesContinue to provide informational opportunities, e.g., Sustainability Week/Earth WeekContinue to observe ACUPCC and STARS reporting and tracking cycle submissionsMonitor 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

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


State University of New York College at Cortland
Progress reports
Goal 4
Climate action plan
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff dedicated to sustainable practices

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2015
State University of New York College at Cortland
Contact information
Erik J.Bitterbaum, President, president@cortland.edu
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