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Sustainable Development, Energy, and Environment

TCAM 2014 Sustainability Poster Competition

The Atkinson Center’s annual poster pitch competition was won by Human Ecology Professor Tasha Lewis, who described her research on recycling clothing fibers in 50 seconds and had a compelling poster to match, impressing the voting audience of Cornell Trustee Council members, ACSF faculty, and friends. The following teams were presented with awards:

First Place - Changing the Climate on Sustainable Fashion

Faculty: Tasha Lewis, Anil Netravali, & Huiju Park (all from Fiber Science and Apparel Design). Students: Ariana Levitt, Vanessa Sanchez, Jianan Su, & Helen Trejo.

Second Place - Alternative Fertilizers Using Indigenous Value Chains in Ethiopia

Faculty: Johannes Lehmann (Crop & Soil Sciences), Dawit Solomon (Crop & Soil Sciences), Garrick Blalock (Applied Economics and Management). Students: Rachel Hestrin, Marie Zwetsloot, Andrew Simons, Bourcard Nesin.

Third Place - Increasing Zinc in Cassava

Faculty: Robert Turgeon (Plant Biology)

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Message from the Atkinson Center Director

At Cornell, sustainability is not just something we talk about, it is what we do. Today, we are actively addressing the serious challenges that face our world and threaten the ability of future generations to prosper. Among universities, Cornell has an extraordinary breadth and depth of talent to produce solutions and to prepare the next generation to make significant contributions.

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Our Vision and Plans

We are primed to make transformative contributions because we understand the urgency to advance a sustainable future. We are on our way to becoming a world leader in sustainability education, research, and practice. Leading up to 2015, we will:

  • Collaborate across colleges, schools, and units, drawing upon the university’s breadth and depth to uncover and explore solutions to more of the world’s fundamental issues
  • Address the energy and economic development needs of developing countries as well as our own
  • Generate solution-solving partnerships with other leading organizations, nationally and globally
  • Build an even more sustainable campuses, from water and energy conservation to LEED-certified building projects
  • Celebrate and safeguard the environment, advancing solutions that protect resources for future generations

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Our Strengths

Cornell’s faculty and students view the world’s major issues as their own personal challenges. Through academic and service programs, they drive change by developing new approaches and technologies. Their work improves the lives of people in New York and across the planet. From developing systems that support the growth of local food markets, to sustainable farming techniques that improve profits for poor farmers in Africa, our multifaceted approach enables the university to make a difference in the world, starting on the Ithaca campus:

  • An $80 million endowment from David ’60 and Pat Atkinson gives Cornell’s sustainability research programs and initiatives lasting support. The David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) advances multidisciplinary research and cultivates innovative collaborations within and beyond Cornell. ACSF’s permanent status gives confidence to potential external partners: our sustainability program is itself sustainable. There are 280 Atkinson Center research faculty fellows from 65 departments who are working to solve sustainability problems—and this number grows every year. These collaborative efforts create a cooperative faculty culture and graduate field system that support Cornell’s thought leaders. Many of the existing research teams found one another at an Atkinson Center Topical Lunch, a reoccurring event that brings together faculty from across departments, breaking down traditional academic silos and uniting people with shared concerns. Some of these teams go on to innovate new projects with real-world applications in sustainability research, such as local food transport chains, new renewable energies, and phage therapies in clinical trials in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Our Priority Areas

The university, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, and the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future seek to raise $40 million by 2015 for faculty renewal and recruitment, graduate fellowships, and current programs.

 

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Sustainable Future

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