Management training in sustainability has begun

Nancy Doolittle
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In what ways is Cornell one of the nation’s leading workplaces for sustainability practices? How can managers encourage sustainability in their units? 

Cornell’s Management Academy Applied Level Program broke new ground earlier this month, with its first session on understanding Cornell’s sustainability initiatives and a manager’s role within this work. The program was led by Dan Roth, associate director of the Office of Sustainability; Lauren Chambliss, communications director from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future; Spring Buck, manager at Cornell’s recycling and solid waste unit, and Jim Volckhausen, manager, the Cornell Team and Leadership Center.

The three-hour training:
• demonstrated how sustainability fits into Cornell’s culture;
• gave managers tools to encourage sustainability in their unit;
• identified managerial interests, passions, and skills in relationship to sustainability;
• helped managers develop plans for integrating sustainability into their units.

Comments from session participants:
• “Having several speakers from around campus involved in different offices and getting their perspectives was important. Seeing the statistics hits home the real impact that sustainable practices can create”;
• “Really good overview of the breadth of sustainability activities across Cornell – from big picture to nitty-gritty details”;
• “Great ideas and resources to improve sustainability.”

Cornell’s Management Academy is designed to further the skills of the university’s current managers who can immediately apply what they have learned in both core and elective courses. Certain eligibility requirements apply.

For more information, access Background on sustainability initiatives at Cornell is available at