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College Affiliations

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

"AASHE is the leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. We serve a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students who are change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. Established in 2005, AASHE is comprised of over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries."

Ithaca College is a pround member of AASHE and an accomplished reporter to the STARS benchmarking tool. Most recently, IC has received a SILVER rating from STARS; we plan to achieve a GOLD rating in 2018.

Second Nature

"Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. We do this by mobilizing a diverse array of higher education education institutions to act on bold climate commitments, to scale campus climate initiatives, and to create innovative climate solution. We align amplify, and bridge the sector's efforts with other global leaders to advance urgent climate priorities.

We envision humanity thriving through healthy, just, and sustainable, living within a dynamically changing earth system. We see higher education playing a prominent leadership role in shaping research, learning, and communities that inspire and operationalize this positive future. Second Nature serves as a critical driver for leaders in higher education that commit to this responsibility"

Ithaca College has been a member of Second Nature since 2007 and reports carbon emissions data annually.

EPA Green Power Partner

"The overall vision of the Green Power Partnership is to protect human health and the environment by expanding U.S. renewable energy markets through the voluntary use of green power. Some key strategic program elements associated with this program include:

  • Educating our stakeholders on voluntary procurement pathways within U.S. renewable energy markets
  • Motivating our stakeholders to use green power
  • Recognizing leadership in green power procurement

Today, the Partnership currently has hundreds of Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually."

Ithaca College has been a Green Power Partner since 2017.

REV Campus Challenge Leader

"The REV Campus Challenge promotes clean energy efforts by recognizing and supporting colleges and universities in New York State that implement clean energy projects and principles on campus, in the classroom, and in surrounding communities. The REV Campus Challenge recognizes colleges and universities that strive to meet their financial, environmental, academic, and community goals through clean energy solutions."

Ithaca College has been recognized as a Leader in the REV Campus Challenge by investing in clean energy projects across the campus, embracing clean energy curricula, research and development, and engaging with our community.

Sierra Magazine Cool Schools 

Each year, Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, ranks eligible colleges and universities based on their sustainability efforts. Ranking methodology is based on 11 categories, including: energy, food, innovation, academics, waste, and water.

New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education

"The NY Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) unites representatives of higher education and supporting organizations with a common interest to promote and support environmental, fiscal and social responsibility."

The goals of NYCSHE include: to build relationships between members of higher education who share an interest and knowledge in sustainability; to inform and advise members on "best practices"; to be a conduit for policy and practice information, while making them more affordable and available to institutions in New York State; to be a voice for sustainability stakeholders within the New York State Legislature and the Federal Government; to coordinate activities and events with coalitions who share similar visions.

College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC)

CURC, as it's colloquially called, represents nearly 1,000 recycling and sustainability professionals in higher education and is committed to sharing best practices about recycling, composting, and sustainable materials management at colleges and universities.

Association of Physical Plant Administrators

"APPA is the gathering place for those of us engaged in the field of educational facilities management, and dedicated to the ongoing evolution of its professionals into influential leaders in education."