Cornell Students Launch 1st Sustainability Fraternity on Campus

For students who seek post-graduate positions in fields involving sustainability...


Epsilon Eta, a new professional fraternity at Cornell University, is the 1st fraternity at Cornell focused on sustainability. The organization is intended for young individuals seeking post-graduate positions in fields involving sustainability. Epsilon Eta Cornell is the 10th of its kind in the US. 

The vision for Epsilon Eta came from the desire to make change by bringing together those who have similar sustainability passions across different disciplines. Epsilon Eta's goal is to "bring people together to form a network that persists beyond graduation."

Epsilon Eta logo

Globally, the issue of sustainability is currently being discussed across multiple sectors including academia, government, industry, and NGOs. Epsilon Eta:

  1. Is intended for those with a passion for sustainability from multiple disciplines
  2. Is not just a fraternity for Environmental Science students or CALS students

Through professional development, community outreach, and service activities, membership in this fraternity will change how its members view themselves and their capabilities within the world around them.

Epsilon Eta Clubfest

One of the founders of the Cornell chapter, Carli Fraccarolli, is a senior majoring in Environmental & Sustainability Sciences and Urban Sustainability. Though this is her last semester at Cornell, her goal is to "create an organization that will sustain many more years of Cornellians to come."

On the future of Epsilon Eta, Carli says:

I hope that Epsilon Eta will help prepare undergraduate Cornellians to be leaders and advocates for sustainability in their respective fields. As the term “sustainability” is so ambiguous, I want to bring clarity to the members of Epsilon Eta on what sustainability could mean for them, both now and in their future careers. Bridging the gap between environmentalism and professional or business fields, Epsilon Eta will strive to foster a conscious awareness of the intrinsic relationship between people and their environment.

Epsilon Eta will soon be recruiting its inaugural class. Their rush schedule consists of: 

2 Interest Meetings:

  • February 5, 2018 from 6 PM to 7 PM in Stimson G01
  • February 6, 2018 from 5 PM to 6 PM in Stimson G01.

Attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory.

Coffee Chats:

  • February 7, 2018, location TBA
  • February 8, 2018, location TBA

These are not mandatory but highly suggested for getting to know prospective members.

General Body applications for the 2018 Spring Semester will go live at 8 PM on February 4, 2018, and will be accepted until February 11, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Further rounds by invitation only. For more information, visit Cornell Epsilon Eta.

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