Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado welcomed attendees to the 2020 State of NY Sustainability Conference held virtually on Dec. 2. The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE), Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the Conference Steering Committee invited state-wide participation in its tenth annual State of NY Sustainability Conference being held through Dec. 4 with over 850 participants.
Both President Collado of Ithaca College and President Martha Pollack of Cornell University opened the conference with words of encouragement around sustainability in higher education.
“We can move forward in an incredibly challenging time,” said President Collado. “The role of resiliency and how to call upon our resilience and our creativity in forging new pathways and new partnerships is important as our institutions and our community step up to change really entrenched patterns of behavior and ways of doing business that no longer serve our planet, or the public good.”
“Looking back, I do think we can all agree that if there was ever a moment in our history where we have been face-to-face with our common responsibility for our shared future, it's right now,” said President Pollack. “Over the past few months, we've seen that the idea of one health isn't just a theory, it's the way our planet works; environmental health, animal health, human health, they're all inextricably intertwined.”