Sustainability at SUNY Cortland

Fast Facts

  • In 2014 SUNY Cortland became 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.
  • The “No Mow Zone” is an acre of turf grass surrounding the SUNY Cortland Service Group complex is not being trimmed to save energy, reduce fuel emissions and encourage natural habitats.
  • The College decided to replace most of its aging campus buses with propane-fueled vehicles last year as part of its Climate Action Plan, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions dramatically in the near term and becoming completely carbon-neutral by 2050.
  • SUNY Cortland 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 team of 16 individuals are hired as "Green Reps" each semester to educate the campus in all facets of sustainability.

Our Green Campus

The campus has committed to reducing energy use, not only to reduce costs, but to meet the goals set for carbon reduction in our Climate Action Plan.

The College will acknowledge Arbor Day as a way to recognize the importance of campus trees in fostering a healthy and sustainable environment.

Each building on campus is controlled by an Energy Management System (EMS). These systems control and monitor the building's mechanical equipment such as HVAC systems, energy efficient windows and re-insulated to today's modern standards. These sophisticated systems maintain the proper temperatures, air quality and lighting levels in the most energy efficient manner possible and provide the tools for energy use monitoring and analysis.

Contact Us

Dr. Beth Shiner Klein
Professor/Sustainability Coordinator
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-5682