Campus Sustainability Annual Reports

The annual Sustainability Progress Reports detail campus sustainability successes, initiatives, and progress towards our stated goals. See reports dating back to 2011.


2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Sustainability Report

Highlights of Cornell’s sustainability progress from the 2019-2020 year include: 

  • Platinum Sustainability Rating in the national Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, making Cornell the first Ivy League institution to achieve the highest rating available, after 8 consecutive years of achieving STARS Gold
  • All students at Cornell University graduate with required sustainability learning outcomes 
  • 100% of staff and students are served by peer-to-peer sustainability programs
  • Cornell saw 100% of campus electricity needs met by renewable energy for the first time in 100 years, starting in March 2020

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2019 Campus Sustainability Progress Report

Highlights of Cornell’s sustainability progress from the 2018-2019 year include: 

  • Gold Rating in the national Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System for the 8th year

  • Newly redesigned Sustainable Campus website features 100s of pages of refreshed content in a fully WCAG 2.0 Accessibility compliant design

  • Dining Services successfully piloted a reduction in single-use plastic for grab and go food items which will save 2,100lbs of plastic per location, per year

  • New comprehensive waste signage was designed and is being implemented for a more cohesive & easy-to-use system

  • 18MW community solar farm on leased Cornell land in Dryden will offset 10% of the Ithaca campus annual electric use and generate lease income when it begins commercial operation this fall

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FY18 Cornell University Sustainability Report

Highlights of Cornell’s sustainability progress this year: 

  • Gold Rating in the national Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System for a 7th year

  • Awarded the Leadership in Green Energy Education Award by the U.S. EPA and Center for Resource Solutions

  • The Sustainable Landscapes Trail opened with 20 living laboratory locations featuring student-staff-faculty designed spaces which promote exploration, water health, ecological benefits, and campus beauty

  • Opened the Peterson Green Parking Lot, with sustainable infrastructure practices which turned a standard parking lot into a natural landscape by capturing rainwater where it falls, filtering out pollutants and reducing large volumes of runoff

  • Launched the New York Higher Ed Large Scale Renewable Energy Project, a consortium of public and private institutions in New York State who will work to advance large, collective renewable energy development


FY17 Cornell University Sustainability Report

Highlights of Cornell’s sustainability progress this year: