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Cortaca Climate Challenge

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The Cortaca Climate Challenge!

Carbon Footprint 


SUNY Cortland students, faculty, and staff can sign up to be counted as we compete against Ithaca College to reduce our carbon footprint.

All participants from SUNY Cortland will be eligible to receive individual and group prizes, including a raffle for an iPod Touch, Residence Hall prizes, pizza parties for top SGA clubs, and coffee and donuts for the top college offices.

The college community that reduces its carbon footprint by the greatest percentage will win a tree to be planted on campus, donated by RPM Ecosystems.

Please take this opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and be counted in our annual competition with Ithaca College! Sign up today! Spread the word on Facebook!

How does it work?

These instructions offer page images that detail how to navigate the website.

How much do you contribute to climate change? When you follow the link to the Challenge, you will have the opportunity to create an online profile of your carbon footprint. You may answer as few or as many of the dozens of questions about your footprint that you would like.

How can you change your behaviors to help stop climate change? After creating your profile, go to the Reduction Center to pledge to reduce your footprint in any number of ways. The site will give you hundreds of suggestions and let you know how much CO2 you will save by changing each behavior. You may choose to do as many or as few as you like. Remember, whichever campus reduces its footprint by the greatest percentage wins the Challenge. Here are some suggestions for footprint reduction that especially apply to students.

What are your friends doing? The Challenge has a social aspect as well. Follow the "Community" link and you can find other people who are taking part in the Challenge. Make a new group or join groups of SUNY Cortland folks who may be competing with each other for prizes. You may view screen-captured image instructions of how to join groups. If you wish, you can keep your information private. Have a friend who is not signed up yet? Invite them through our Facebook page or e-mail them the link to this page.

Sponsored by the Student Affairs Sustainability Committee, Physical Plant, SGA, the Environmental Science Club, Green Reps, NYPIRG, the Office of Residence Life and Housing, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Contact Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman with questions.