Cornell Sustainability Pledge

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I pledge to think about opportunities to incorporate sustainability into my everyday life here at Cornell, and act whenever possible to reduce my ecological impact.

I pledge to:
-Turn off lights when vacating my room, bathrooms, or common rooms.
-Unplug appliances like laptop and phone chargers, televisions, and printers when they’re not in use.
-Inform myself and my friends about what is compostable and what is recyclable in Tompkins County.
-Compost and recycle everything possible in available locations.
-Take only as much food as I will eat in the dining halls, and going back for more instead of overloading my plate.
-Eat more local, organic, and vegetarian options.
-Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable ones every day.
-Take shorter showers.
-Turn the heat lower in the winter and the air conditioner higher in the summer.
-Always print double-sided.
-Buy sustainably grown food and sustainably produced products when possible.
-Use energy efficient appliances.
-Continue to inform myself about sustainability issues in our community, nation, and world.
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    Thank your for your commitment to sustainability at Cornell!

    Every member of the Cornell community plays a key role in achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, as described by Cornell's Climate Action Plan. To learn more about Cornell’s efforts and how YOU can make a difference, visit: Sustainability at Cornell: For more information, please contact