Freshmen moving into dorms on North Campus this fall received a first-hand introduction to Cornell’s push toward a more sustainable campus, as the Orientation Steering Committee worked to make this year’s Orientation more environmentally-friendly than any in the past.
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Milstein Hall LEED Gold certification in recognition of its achievements in sustainability, design and efficient operational standards, the University announced on Aug. 23.
President David Skorton touted the new CARE-Cornell venture as the “first-ever” partnership between a major NGO, or non-governmental organization, and a single university in a speech about Cornell’s dedication to community service on Wednesday.
After Cornell was knocked out of an environmental “March Madness” competition, several faculty members expressed their determination to make improvements to the University’s campus, research programs and curriculum to increase the school’s sustainability efforts.
Rick Fedrizzi, co-founder of the United States Green Building Council and father of the LEED standard for evaluating buildings’ environmental impact, spoke at Cornell Thursday about how sustainability initiatives could spur economic growth while creating a healthier global environment.
Cornell University has saved $9,952 and prevented 56,421 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere through its participation in a conservation program called Compete to Reduce, according to Katie Fink ’12, and intern in the Office of Sustainability.