Adopting a culture of sustainability and supporting climate solutions

Program or topic

Adopting a culture of sustainability and supporting climate solutions

Department or unit

Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station

Contact information

Michael (Mike) Hoffmann
Director, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
mph3@cornell.edu

Program goals

  • Support of applied research with Federal Capacity (Formula) Fund grants
  • Foster sustainability across research farms, greenhouses and growth chambers for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and serve as a model.

Brief description of your program

  • The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station allocates over $5 million per year in support of applied research in the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine. The research falls within the broad goals of the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture including sustainable energy, food safety, climate change, global food security and hunger, and nutrition and obesity. In 2012, approximately $770,000 was directed to climate change research.
  • The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES) also manages seven research farms, four acres of greenhouses and additional plant growth facilities on the main campus and at outlying locations. To reduce costs and our carbon footprint, CUAES is adopting a culture of sustainability, an effort led by a team of staff who have been empowered to identify improvements in facilities and operations. Examples include composting of 9,000 tons of waste from animal facilities and dining halls; conserving energy in office and lab buildings, and in greenhouses and plant growth chambers; planting 10,000 trees on marginal agricultural lands; and the planned installation of a unit to convert waste vegetable oil from Cornell dining facilities to biodiesel.

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Adopting a culture of sustainability



Category: Agriculture/Farming, Bio-energy/-fuel/-gas, Biodiversity, Carbon credits, sequestration, Conservation, Dairy and other livestock, Economics, Energy, General, Horticulture, Land use, Natural resources, Pests and weeds, Research, Soil/fertilizer/manure, Water/flooding

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