The Mann Library entrance is one of only 52 landscapes in the U.S. to be certified by SITESLand and Water Initiatives

Our campus is designed and managed to protect a diverse, resilient, and beneficial set of natural systems for the enjoyment of people and maintenance of key ecosystem services.

Landscape sustainability is encompassed by Cornell's design, construction, operation, and management of campus grounds and forests to enhance and promote healthy ecosystems, which promote a healthy environment and human health and wellbeing.  Water conservation, appropriate land management, carbon mitigation in forestry, effective storm water management, and protection of the regional biosphere are all integral in maintaining finite water supplies, improving the health of ecosystems and, more broadly, creating and maintaining a sustainable future for our campus and the region.

Land & Water Campus Initiatives

A student at Cornell Botanic Gardens in summer.


Our grounds are living laboratories for lasting, sustainable landscapes that provide human & ecosystem services.

The F.R. Newman Arboretum in fall with pergola and Houston Pond.


We manage our forests for carbon capture, habitat preservation and restoration, and educational purpose.

Students enjoy the view of Cayuga Lake at sunset in Stewart Park


Our Water Filtration Plant provides clean water to campus, and supports regional water research.

Water bottle refill station

Take Back the Tap

An initiative to reduce or eliminate bottled water use on campus, and promote drinking clean tap water.

Upson Hall

Sustainable Landscapes Trail

Explore our sustainable landscaping locations, designed by students, faculty, and staff across the campus.

A running club enjoys spring in the F. R. Newman Arboretum.

Nature Rx

An initiative to promote time spend in the natural world for self-reflection, healing, and health.