A space that flanks Mann Library entrance is one of only 11 landscapes in the country to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)

The President’s Sustainable Campus Committee Land Focus Team supports collaboration between academic communities, faculty, staff, students and the community.

The Land Team is one of several sub-groups tasked with initiating and developing sustainable practices as they affect the campus landscape.

The core Land Team is made up of members from the faculty in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, the Grounds Department, Facilities Planning and Cornell Botanic Gardens.

What is a sustainable landscape?

Landscape sustainability is defined as the design, construction, operation and management of campus grounds to enhance and promote healthy ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems provide ecosystem services.

Land Team Vision

  • The landscape should be a learning landscape, fitting the role of an academic institution.
  • The campus will demonstrate, monitor and interpret best practices in sustainable landscape planning, design and management.
  • We will highlight the green infrastructure that is currently on campus and that which could be utilized in the future as the campus develops.
  • We envision a ‘Sustainability Trail’ that makes visible and educates our students and the public.
  • The landscape should support the goals of Nature Rx, to reduce stress and thereby increase physical and mental health in students through their engagement with nature, and to cultivate in students an increased appreciation of nature.
  • We will advocate– through the Campus Planning Committee and other groups - for sustainable landscapes and practices early in the planning stages for new developments.