Commend College Focus on Sustainability Studies


Target: Frank DiSalvo, Director, David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University

Goal: Congratulate university’s investment in projects designed to address various environmental problems

Overcoming the diverse environmental issues facing the world today will require the dedication of scientists and average citizens alike. Universities researching potential solutions can make a real difference, but funding is often hard to come by. According to an article published recently in the Cornell Chronicle, Cornell University’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) is leading the way with its commitment of over $1 million to a dozen university-run research projects.

These projects are focused on making non-human environments and the people who inhabit them healthier. Some of the projects approved for funding include researching ways to respond better and earlier to disease epidemics, farming rice with less water and less arsenic and improving the health of people living in urban dwellings.

What is also unique about these projects is the way Cornell is attempting to bring different minds together to enrich research. The article states that all projects will involve the collaboration of two or more different departments. Together they will research not only the latest cutting-edge sustainability practices, but also what kind of incentives people respond to and the power of social media outlets.

Environmental problems are amongst the most pressing issues of our time, and the time to act is now. Students attending college today are contributing fresh and innovative ideas that can help not only keep the world livable for future generations, but also help prevent further degradation. Cornell is setting an outstanding precedent that every other college should follow. Thank the university for investing in sustainability projects to improve the future for our earth and the health of its inhabitants.


Dear Mr. DiSalvo,

I am writing to thank you and your team at the ACSF for funding such a wide range of sustainability projects this year. I commend you for using your power and influence as an ivy league institution to make such positive contributions to society as a whole.

Colleges are perhaps the most important breeding grounds for great minds focused on improving the lives of people as well as the parts of our living, breathing planet that cannot speak for themselves. Thank you for showing your students that the Earth is something with inherent value, in addition to being a source of vital resources worth protecting.


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Photo credit: Maeshima Hiroki via Wikimedia Commons

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