Be recognized as a leader through the Green Office and Green Lab Certification programs

The department of Energy and Sustainability is launching the Green Office and Green Lab certification programs and needs your workgroup’s participation.

The Cornell Green Office and Green Lab Certifications are point-based self-assessments that offices and labs use to assess their current practices and set sustainability goals. 

The Green Office certification focuses on community engagement, energy, green events, purchasing, recycling, transportation and waste management.  

Procurement Services receives national award

Cornell Procurement Services won the 19th annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award for 2014 from the National Procurement Institute (NPI). The award is earned by organizations that demonstrate excellence in innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership. NPI is a national network of purchasing and supply management professionals.

Two weeks left to enter Pawprint photo contest

2013 Runner-up, “Spiderman Enjoys Concert” Taina Nilson

The deadline to submit digital images for the 32nd annual Pawprint Photography Contest is September 26. Faculty and staff can submit up to four entries, one in each of their choice of nine categories: Adults, Animals, Cornell (any location), Humor, Landscape, Nature, Special Effects (digital enhancement), Structures/Buildings and Unspecified.

Cornell kicks off 2014-15 United Way campaign

Before several dozen United Way volunteer ambassadors, Cornell President David S

With reminders to nurture the community that cultivates the university, Cornell kicked off its 2014-15 United Way campaign Sept. 8 before several dozen United Way volunteer ambassadors at Friends Hall. This year’s goals: $815,000 in donations and to achieve more faculty and staff participation.

Reminder: Submit photos by Sept. 26 for the 2014 annual photo contest

Antonia Ruppel, senior lecturer in classics, won “Best in Show” at the judging o

The deadline: September 26, 2014.
To encourage new entrants, an additional category has been added for those faculty and staff who have not submitted any photos to this contest in the past three years: New Entrants. Entries in this category can be in any subject.

NYC Fall 2014 trips


The Cornell Recreation Connection (CRC) is offering trips to New York City on the following Saturdays: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

The discounted fare for all CRC trips is $50 per person for Cornell faculty/staff and up to four guests. Tickets are non-refundable.

Contact Swarthout Coaches at to make a reservation. Full payment is due at the time of reservation.

"Walkin' the Country" benefit

For the third year, Q Country morning host Chris Allinger is strapping on his backpack to walk for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program™. His “Walkin’ the Country” event is set for Sept. 8-12 and will take the DJ to every town in Tompkins County, raising funds for the program that helps children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays during the school year. Allinger will begin his walk from the front of the Friedman Wrestling Center on the Cornell campus Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Plantations lecture series

Plantations in bloom

The Cornell Plantations Annual Fall Lecture Series opens Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, and will be followed by a garden party in the Botanical Garden of Cornell Plantations. The series, free and open to the public, will be held every other Wednesday until Nov. 12 in Statler Hall Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 p.m., unless indicated otherwise below.

Visit for more information and to register. 

Organizational development leader Burkgren honored by national association

Kathryn Burkgren, right, receiving the 2014 Brent Ruben Award

Kathryn Burkgren, director of organizational development for faculty and staff at Cornell, recently was recognized for her leadership of the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI), a national organization of higher education institutions. During her 2011-13 tenure as NCCI president, Burkgren helped the association rebound after the economic downturn of 2009, initiating efforts to increase the value of NCCI membership by offering online programs and rebranding the association.

Planning for religious observances

Sage chapel

Faculty and staff are reminded to take religious observances into account when planning events, meetings, programs, meals and travel.

“From the university’s founding, and exemplified in our beautiful Sage Chapel, religious diversity has always been part of Cornell’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Clarke, Sr., director of Cornell United Religious Work.


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