Sustainability Efforts & Events

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SUNY Cobleskill's campus community is sensitive to the needs of the environment. A wide variety of our academic programs feature courses about the human impact on the world. Moreover, the campus shares a heritage of caring for the Earth from the Iroquois peoples who lived in the Schoharie Valley for centuries before the campus opened

Sustainability Events

The 7th Generation Centennial Lecture Series
free & open to the public in Bouck Auditorium


Thursdays, 12:15 - Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society Meetings, Warner 120




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"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it alright will rather preserve its life than destroy it." – Thoreau

"Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations" – Anonymous

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." – Emerson

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” - Anonymous

"no water, no life, no blue, no green” - Sylvia Earle

"the world owes you nothing it was here first." - Mark Twain

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” – Gaylord Nelson

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” -Henry Van Dyke

“The best way out is always through.” –Robert Frost

"A government owned by corporations cannot, and will not, protect its citizens and the environment properly." - Anonymous

“We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.” -Thomas Fuller

“My job, my mission, the reason I’ve been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife.” – Steve Irwin

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The ocean takes care of us, let’s return the favor.” - Anonymous

“The earth is what we all have in common” - Wendell Berry

“The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it's all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it.” - Mike Huckabee

"It is horrifying that we have to fight out own government to save the environment!" - Ansel Adams

"The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved." - Richard Rogers

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." - Robert Swan

“Yes one person can make all the difference in the world. For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands.” - Chrissie Hynde

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir

“Some of nature’s most exquisite work is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake.” – Rachel Carson

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” – E. O. Wilson

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything gets accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Men argue. Nature acts.” – Voltaire

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.” – Henry David Thoreau

   A Message from the Provost

Susan Zimmermann, Provost and VP for Academic AffairsEach of us has an important role to play, as stewards not only of the campus—its facilities, acres of farm and pasture land, and programs—but also of the local and global communities in which we live and work. I invite you to lend your support to the many initiatives on campus; together, we can build upon and strengthen our commitment to sustainable practices.

SUNY Cobleskill has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to sustainability, named among Princeton Review's "286 Greenest Colleges." Great attention has been paid to the construction of LEED certifiable academic buildings; to the reduction of energy use and its associated costs; and to the creation of academic courses, programs, and experiences that emphasize sustainable practices. Daily, members of the campus community are involved in activities that support and promote sustainability – whether it is through teaching, club advisement, internship supervision, committee service, food preparation, waste management, or facilities maintenance. The links provided on this page highlight many of these efforts, and provide a great starting point for future conversations and campus initiatives.

Susan Zimmermann Signature

Susan Zimmermann

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs