Central New York Energy Challenge
SUNY Cortland and the City of Cortland are participating in the Central New York Energy Challenge. If you are interested in becoming a team participant, please let us know. The Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board recieved an EPA grant to administer this program across the region, and we are happy to assist in the program's deployment in the City of Cortland.
100 Percent Renewable Electrical Energy Used on Campus
This fall, SUNY Cortland will become the first institution in the 64-campus SUNY system to operate all of its facilities – classrooms, residence halls, dining areas, sports facilities … everything – using 100 percent renewable electrical energy.
Commitment to Reducing Energy Use
As a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, SUNY Cortland is committed to reducing energy use, ending our contribution to the destruction of the environment and the social injustice caused by uncontrolled climate change. We recently received a Silver rating in Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System (STARS) from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
A year-long series of lectures and cultural events was held on the theme of global climate change.
We also hold several events centered around sustainability, where you can participate in a community clean up or even learn how to build a wind turbine. See how you could be involved. View the schedule of events held during the 2013 Sustainability Month.
We have demonstrated our commitment to sustainability with our LEED construction building designs, our electric vehicles, and our sustainable partnerships as well as naturalization efforts like our "No Mow" Zone, propane buses and outdoor programs at the Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake.
The Greenrep Program is designed to promote sustainability education and environmental awareness in the residence halls on the SUNY Cortland campus. A team of 16 individuals are hired as "Green Reps" each semester to educate the campus in all facets of sustainability.
See what Auxilliary Services Corporation, our dining service provider, is doing to make our food service more sustainable.
This is a challenge of unprecedented size and scope. It means defining and developing a sustainable and just world for all of us, our children, their children and all of humanity. But like all grand commitments, it starts at home and grows little by little, one step at a time.