Buildings & Energy
We aspire to build and maintain a campus where community members can thrive in sustainable and healthy surroundings, and model renewable energy and efficient operations performance across our campus energy systems.
Cornell has rapidly advanced low-carbon energy solutions and green building advancements. From solar farms to poop-to-power farming systems, Cornell has a forward-thinking past and has set a high bar for the future of its facilities operation and power.
Explore our solar farms, Energy Conservation Initiative, the award-winning Lake Source Cooling plant, plans underway for Earth Source Heat, and long-term goals of carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy. Learn more about the 20+ green buildings, our standards for green cleaning, and sustainability and low-carbon planning in our design, construction, and renovation standards.
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Our standards include LEED Silver, gender-neutral bathrooms, energy efficiency, and more. Our building and design policies advance sustainable construction and maintenance, and healthy spaces where people can thrive.
Through retrofits, replacements and weatherization projects across campus, the Energy Conservation Initiative (ECI) has been successfully reducing energy consumption and facilitating energy reduction since 1985.
The Combined Heat and Power Plant at Cornell uses a District Energy system and state-of-the-art energy efficiency to provide reliable power to the campus. The current system replaced coal.