Cortland is once again one of Sera’s top “cool schools.”


For the sixth consecutive year. Conspiracy SUNY Cortland is one of the top 100 colleges and universities in the country.

Cortland was ranked 82nd ConspiracyAnnual “Cool Schools” list recognizing the best two- and four-year undergraduate degrees in the United States and Canada for their efforts to combat climate change and public participation and environmental education.

There is no higher level SUNY General College. The only institutions that did better than Courtland were SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (No. 5) and Buffalo University (No. 72).

“As an institution, we are committed to providing sustainable education in every possible way,” said President Eric J. Bitbrum. It is important not only to educate the next generation of leaders and educators of the country, but also to promote and encourage decisions that will often have a devastating effect on the planet.

Conspiracy Includes institutions that have a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Sustainability, Monitoring and Evaluation System (STARS) standard in the Higher Education Sustainability Development Association (AASHE). SUNY Cortland’s gold standard was reaffirmed in 2019, making it the top 3% of all higher education institutions in the country.

The magazine uses the university’s STARS standard by weight to compile a list of “cool schools.” Inspiration for three key questions adds weight.

  • Does the university use energy, air, climate, and transportation on campus as ways to combat climate change?
  • Does the university involve its students and the public on issues related to sustainability?
  • Does the university offer courses and majors in environmental studies? Conspiracy Curriculum is more important than research.

SUNY Cortland was the first facility to meet all of its electrical needs with renewable energy in its 64-campus SUNY system. Many of the buildings on the campus have recently been updated to include more energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and all major construction projects are designed to meet the lead in energy and environmental design (LEED) standards. Dragon Hall Platinum LEED Rating When a residential building opened in 2014, it was the first such building in the SUNY system.

Many teams at SUNY Cortland promote sustainability through regular meetings, events, and on-campus connections. Those groups include student clubs such as the Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Geology Club and Physics and Engineering Club, as well as the Green Representation Program and the Institute of Civic Participation.

SUNY Cortland offers two major perspectives on sustainability, conservation biology and outdoor recreation, and one minority, environmental and outdoor education. The university has two master’s degree programs in environmental and outdoor education and a master’s degree in sustainable energy systems that prepare students for green careers.

Visit the Office of Sustainability online for more information on SUNY Cortland’s efforts.

Princeton Review noted the university’s commitment to sustainability. SUNY Cortland 96 out of 99 in the 2021 Green Colleges Guide.

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