How Does Ithaca College Define Sustainability?

Ithaca College views sustainability as a holistic system, inclusive of human and ecological health, as well as long-term financial security. We strive to integrate sustainability into our vision of becoming the standard of excellence  for student-centered comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity, and character. We ask members of our campus community to be mindful about the decisions they make, and to take into consideration the financial, social and environmental impacts of their choices.



EPA Green Power Partner

In August of 2017, Ithaca College joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership by investing in clean, renewable energy at the institution level. In Nov 2016, the College's solar farm went on line and provides 10% of our annual electricity needs. Partnership with the EPA acknowledges Ithaca College's commitment to renewable energy and decreasing carbon emissions.

REV Campus Leader

Ithaca College is recognized as a Leader in the REV Campus Challenge. The REV Campus Challenge is a NY State program that encourages colleges and universities to invest in climate resiliency. IC obtained "Leader" membership in January 2017 based on our investment in clean energy projects, our embrace of clean energy curricula, research, and development, and the goal of engaging with our community. 

Sierra Club Cool Schools 2017

Sierra, the official magazine of the Sierra Club, recognized Ithaca College in their recent Cool Schools 2017 ranking of sustainable institutions in higher education. The annual review ranks the top colleges in the United States based on 11 categories. The Office Energy Management & Sustainability is proud of this initial ranking and is looking forward to future improvements.


On Jan 24, 2017, we received confirmation from AASHE that our Dec 2016 STARS submission was accepted, and as we shared in late Nov, we are at the SILVER level.  We intentionally chose to benchmark using the more challenging version 2.1, and will use the updated assessment to help further guide our efforts in being a recognized leader in all three pillars of sustainability - social, economic, and environmental.  GOLD is our focus for the next submission.  We look forward to the continued engaged assistance and guidance from the campus. community.

Solar Farm is Operational

In November 2016, the College's 2.9 megawatt solar array began producing about 10% of our annual energy needs. We are also pleased to announce that live and historical production data are now available. Please consult the dashboard tutorial for help navigating the site.