TSC and Cornell University Join Forces on Research and Innovation for a More Sustainable Future

The Sustainability Consortium announced a partnership with the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability to engage Cornell's deep expertise in sustainability research with TSC's mission to improve the sustainability of consumer products. Key areas of collaboration will include digital agriculture, conservation finance, sustainability research projects, metrics and public policy.

TSC and Cornell Atkinson will work together to connect faculty, staff, and students from Cornell's many colleges and schools with ongoing TSC projects to translate cutting-edge sustainability research into globally-relevant, scientifically-credible business tools that support innovation in consumer product sustainability. The partnership will also spur new projects to influence decision making at corporate and policy levels, advance conservation finance to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices and investment, and catalyze innovation uptake.

Christy Slay, TSC director of Technical Alignment, stated, "Connecting Cornell University with TSC's members, including the University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, Wageningen University, and North Carolina State University, will create a powerful academic partnership for sustainability research and innovation to achieve large-scale, positive change."

Patrick Beary, senior director of Strategic Partnerships at Cornell Atkinson, said, "Cornell Atkinson is dedicated to catalyzing real world impact through partnerships between experts from across the university and diverse collaborators in both the public and private sectors. The Sustainability Consortium's proven success in bringing science to business opens an important pathway for moving knowledge to action."

Founded in 2009, TSC celebrates over 10 years of helping companies create more sustainable consumer products.

About The Sustainability Consortium: The consortium is a global organization transforming the consumer goods industry to deliver more sustainable consumer products. We are dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products. Our members and partners include manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, service providers, NGOs, civil society organizations, governmental agencies and academics. Each member brings valuable perspectives and expertise. TSC convenes our diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively to build science-based decision tools and solutions that address sustainability issues that are materially important throughout a product's supply chain and lifecycle. TSC also offers a portfolio of services to help drive effective implementation. The Sustainability Consortium has more than 100 members and there are over 2,000 users of TSC tools worldwide; it convenes more than 200 global organizations annually over an average of 75 networking opportunities. Formed in 2009, TSC is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas. It also has a European office at Wageningen University and Research, and a Chinese office in Tianjin, China. For more information visit www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.

About the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability: The Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability is the hub of collaborative sustainability research at Cornell University, forging vital connections among researchers, students, staff, and external partners. The center's funding and programming accelerate groundbreaking research within and across all of Cornell's colleges and schools. In turn, the center is the university's home to bold ideas and powerful new models that ensure people and the planet not only survive, but thrive. For more information, visit www.atkinson.cornell.edu.

Contacts

Christy Slay, research manager
The Sustainability Consortium
479-575-4638, christy.slay@sustainabilityconsortium.org

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