Sustainability Efforts & Events
SUNY Cobleskill's campus community is sensitive to the needs of the environment. A wide variety of our academic programs feature courses about the human impact on the world. Moreover, the campus shares a heritage of caring for the Earth from the Iroquois peoples who lived in the Schoharie Valley for centuries before the campus opened.
Thursdays, 12:15 - Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society Meetings, Warner 120
"We have lost sight of the dependence we have on nature in economics." - Tony Juniper
"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." - Cree Indian Proverb
“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.” – Baba Dioum
“If people were superior to animals, they’d take better care of the world.” – Winnie the Pooh
“If we surrendered to Earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted like trees.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
“We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.” – Owen Swett Marden
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
"This world is a fine place and worth fighting for." - Unknown
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein
"Each and every one of us can make changes in the way we live our lives and become part of the solution" - Al Gore
"He who plants a tree, plants a hope." - Lucy Larcom
"The proper use of science is not to conquer nature, but to live in it." - Barry Commoner
"One person can make all the difference in the world. For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands." - Chrissie Hyde
"Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left." - Aldo Leopold
"Take care of the land and it will take care of you. Take what you need from the land, but need what you take." - Aboriginal Law
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed." - Gandhi
"The universe is not required to be in harmony with human ambition." - Carl Sagan
Each of us has an important role to play, as stewards not only of the campus—its facilities, acres of farm and pasture land, and programs—but also of the local and global communities in which we live and work. I invite you to lend your support to the many initiatives on campus; together, we can build upon and strengthen our commitment to sustainable practices.
SUNY Cobleskill has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to sustainability, named among Princeton Review's "286 Greenest Colleges." Great attention has been paid to the construction of LEED certifiable academic buildings; to the reduction of energy use and its associated costs; and to the creation of academic courses, programs, and experiences that emphasize sustainable practices. Daily, members of the campus community are involved in activities that support and promote sustainability – whether it is through teaching, club advisement, internship supervision, committee service, food preparation, waste management, or facilities maintenance. The links provided on this page highlight many of these efforts, and provide a great starting point for future conversations and campus initiatives.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs