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               Cornell University
                     Yoo Mi Hong
                Cornell’s Statement on the Environment
    Cornell University recognizes that to ensure the long-term viability of this planet, all elements of society must
    embrace the responsibility of building sustainable futures (1). Cornell's participation in this worldwide commitment
    "...to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"
    (2) is a challenging, complex, difficult, but nevertheless desirable, and attainable goal.
   Achieving sustainability requires contributions from all, including all members of the greater Cornell community --
    those engaged in its educational mission, those impacting the campus and surrounding living environment, those
    carrying out research activities, and those who use and are stewards of its lands and physical facilities.
   As its institutional commitment to a sustainable future, Cornell will continue to support and encourage efforts to
    involve everyone in this process:
   The Cornell community pledges to promote sustainable futures through its educational activities. As the Land-
    Grant institution in New York State, Cornell has played and will continue to play an active role in helping students
    and members of the community in understanding local, regional, national, and global environmental issues.
   The Cornell community pledges to promote sustainable futures through improvements to its campus
    environment. Through efforts such as reducing waste, decreasing the university's consumption of nonrenewable
    resources, increasing recycling and the purchasing of recycled products, promoting public transportation, increasing
    ties to its local community, and reducing the use of environmentally harmful substances such as chlorofluorocarbons,
    Cornell has made and will continue to make substantial contributions towards minimizing its overall environmental
    impact.
   The Cornell community pledges to promote sustainable futures through its research and outreach activities
    that ultimately lead to practical solutions to environmental problems facing the university and the world. The
    expertise within the university community is a resource that can contribute to devising and implementing solutions to
    environmental problems.
   The Cornell community pledges to promote sustainable futures through environmentally responsible
    stewardship of all the resources entrusted to its care. Toward this end, Cornell will exercise environmentally
    sound stewardship of its lands and properties, strive to protect and preserve the biodiversity of its lands, and work to
    improve energy efficiency in its facilities and equipment.
   Such measures to address the environmental challenge require focus and commitment at the institutional level and
    equally demand support and participation by all. Accordingly, we, the members of the Cornell University community,
    pledge to continue to conduct our affairs in manners that support, promote, and ensure sustainable futures.
               Interesting Facts
 Cornell LEED standards as guidelines but has not
  received the certification.
 Cornell Dining compost some things and sell the
  compost material after it's been broken down to
  the Plantations. It can then be used for planting.
 There is an environmental committee in the
  Cornell Student Assembly
 There is a class like Univ303/Enst302 called
  Environmental Stewardship in the Cornell
  Community (ALS 494/477)
                           Majors
   B.S. Biological and Environmental Engineering
    Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) is at
    the focus of three great challenges facing humanity in the
    21st century:
    1. Protecting or remediating the world's natural resources,
    including water, soil, air, energy, and biodiversity.
    2. Developing engineering systems that monitor, replace,
    or intervene in the function and operation of living
    organisms.
    3. Ensuring an adequate and safe food supply in an era of
    expanding world population.
                         Majors
   B.S. Science of Natural and Environmental Systems
    Environmental stewardship and sustainability is
    increasingly recognized as a human and planetary
    imperative. Science of Natural and Environmental
    Systems graduates will be able to:
    1. Function effectively as professionals in
    scientific/technical areas.
    2. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively.
    3. Understand the principal environmental policy issues
    confronting managers in diverse institutional,
    geographical and cultural settings.
              Cornell Greens (186)
 The oldest environmental group on campus.
 Although it’s a non-partisan group that’s not affiliated
  with the Green Party, it encourages students to vote, since
  many important environmental concerns are at stake
  during elections.
 Participate in nationwide campaigns with groups like
  Rainforest Action Network and EcoPledge, a non-profit
  organization that targets corporations that practice
  unfriendly environmental activities.
 Attempting to get all new Cornell University buildings to
  be LEED certified
                Cornell Greens (186)
 Meets with members of the Cornell administration on a
  consistent basis to urge them to take action.
 Trying to encourage composting of organic waste, such as
  food scraps and newsprint, in the residence halls.
 One of their many successful campaigns: organized by
  EcoPledge against PepsiCo. for not having enough
  recycled plastic in their bottles. Cornell Greens and
  students from many other organizations collected
  hundreds of messages from students and put them in
  empty Pepsi bottles. The bottles were sent to Pepsi
  headquarters. PepsiCo. now uses 25 percent recycled
  plastic as opposed to the 10 percent that they used to use.
   http://www.cornellsun.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/09/14/41468794
    f276d?in_archive=1
    Environmental Law Society (30)
 The environmental voice at the law school.
 Educates the student body on current
  environmental issues in law and politics, and
  ensures classes and career assistance in
  environmental law.
The Environmentally Sustainable Club (4)
Purpose is to create realistic and quantifiable environmental
change in the United States economy.
Works with businesses to achieve real long-term
environmentally sustainable business practices.
URSUS: Cornell's Environmental Journal
                 (21)
   URSUS provides a forum for the Cornell Community to
    express opinions, concerns, and ideas on environmental
    issues. It welcomes a diversity of viewpoints on
    environmental subjects and has no specific political
    affiliation or agenda. The members solicit articles, essays,
    and art from Cornell students and faculty. Members
    review and edit submitted material. The pieces are then
    formatted for publication. Each year they release two
    thirty-six page issues that are distributed to the Cornell
    Community free of charge. They print 1,000 copies of
    each issues: 5000 of which are distributed at the end of
    the semester; the other 500 are distributed at the
    beginning of the following semester.
                            Contact Info
   Gary Soedarsono
    Student at Cornell University
    Phone #:16072290545
    E-mail/MSN: omegaultima@hotmail.com

    Gary is an Indonesian international student from Singapore. He said that
    said that things at Cornell are not as extreme as it was in our high school in
    Singapore (highly environmentally conscious), but quite a lot of people
    recycle at Cornell and the Ithaca often checks the garbage for any
    recyclable materials and bills the person responsible if that’s possible.
    Although there are many active environmental groups on campus, people
    are pretty apathetic in general. They have a program called House Ecology
    House where you basically participate in green activities.*
                 The Ecology House
   “Ecology House, or more formally, Ecology House: The Hurlburt
    Residential College for Environmental Education and Awareness,
    is a residence hall on Cornell University's North
    Campus. Ninety-six students live in Ecology House, many
    serving on house committees. Some of the house activities from
    the 2003-2004 year include social events, kayaking with a faculty
    member, movie outings, weekly dining hall dinners,
    environmental discussions, a time management workshop, a trip
    to the Natural History Museum in New York City, and state park
    hikes. The community is vibrant, engaging, and fun. Students
    have diverse academic majors and are involved in a wide variety
    of campus organizations. One need not be an expert on the
    ecosystem to live in Eco House, interest in learning about and
    participating in an environmentally-friendly community is all that
    is required!”
   http://campuslife.cornell.edu/housing_residential/ecology.asp?cat
    ID=75
                     Conclusion
 The general apathy on campus is similar to Rice, and
  there is definitely room for more student environmental
  initiatives.
 However, Cornell has a variety of student activities, more
  majors and courses offered, a residential college for
  people who are interested in learning more about the
  environment, etc. Therefore, in general, Cornell seems to
  have a more environmentally active campus than Rice
  does.
 Grade: A-
                          P.S.
   Information that are not sited are all from the
    Cornell University website

								
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