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Institutional Sustainability

Institutions like Cornell are extremely important players in the ongoing struggle to reduce energy consumption. With hundreds of fume hoods and other heavy lab equipment, scores of residential buildings, greenhouses, growth chambers, brightly lit buildings, heating in the long Ithaca winters and air conditioning in the hot summers (at least in some of the buildings), Cornell needs many times the energy of a single household to operate. Still, there’s a huge potential for institutions to lead the charge of energy sustainability, due to their unique position both as communities and authorities for their members.


Fellow Down to Earth host Emily Sullivan and I sat down with Michael Hoffmann this week to talk about how Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is tackling this problem. Dr. Hoffmann is a professor in the CALS department of entomology, and he also serves as the Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions. He was involved in Cornell’s first college-wide energy reduction campaign in 2010-2011, CALS Green, and currently works with the Cornell University Agricultural Field Station to create a culture of sustainability. Join us for a conversation on the behavioral science behind sustainability initiatives, some of the amazing ways that Cornell faculty, staff and students are helping to reduce our energy footprint, and the importance of climate literacy.


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Marta Faulkner

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