Over its first decade, Cornell Atkinson has built a vibrant community of faculty experts, external partners, students, staff, and alumni to bring our most significant sustainability issues into focus.
10 Years of Cornell Atkinson
Challenging what is
to foster what’s next
Solving the world’s
most pressing issues
More than ever, Cornell Atkinson is a vital hub for all generations of sustainability scholars at Cornell. Through funding programs, working groups, topical briefings, and leadership training the Center is driving multidisciplinary, sustainability-focused research with impact far beyond the Ithaca campus.
We have proven a model for funding research that can transform universities and touch lives
Over the last decade, we’ve developed a proven model for funding research that can reshape universities and touch lives. Now, we’re refining that model to fund collaborative, high-risk projects that will revolutionize university research collaborations into large-scale initiatives with potential to change public opinion, corporate practices, products, and public policy.
To say that Cornell Atkinson has affected my career is an understatement. For me, the center has been a catalyst, playing an instrumental role in connecting me with colleagues and helping me initiate new collaborations, cultivate partnerships outside the university, fund research projects, and reach audiences in policy and decision-making circles. New collaborations with colleagues have advanced my work on sustainable coffee, tropical forest restoration, and improved sustainability for U.S. agriculture.Amanda RodewaldLab of Ornithology
Working with the center has been a remarkable experience. I engage with social scientists and engineers on a regular basis, in addition to natural scientists like myself. This was initially a steep learning curve, but I quickly realized that while truly interdisciplinary work is a challenge, it is essential to progress on the sustainability issues we all face.Anurag AgrawalDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell Atkinson has given me a sense of belonging and much-needed validation. It is hugely satisfying to know there is a center on campus that cares deeply about sustainability and the need to reduce methane emissions. The center has also affected the direction of my work. Where previously I had focused on gas/oil well abandonment and the cementing of those structures, I am now working on cementing geothermal wells. While the drilling techniques are similar, the conditions are very different, offering tremendous learning opportunities and the chance to be engaged in a promising sustainability solution.Sriramya Duddukuri NairDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The future is very bright
As we approach the next ten years of Cornell Atkinson, we remain inspired by David ’60 and Patricia Atkinson’s vision of a center whose impact will be measured by its contributions to rejuvenating and protecting our planet, while creating a brighter, more equitable future for humanity. This is important, soul-fulfilling work that reflects who we are and guides us toward realizing who we can become.