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 in turn provide ecosystem services.  Water conservation, effective storm water management, and protection of the regional watershed 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.

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A student at Cornell Botanic Gardens in summer.


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

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


Cornell manages forests for carbon capture, habitat preservation and restoration, and educational purpose.

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


Maintaining finite water supplies, improving the health of ecosystems, and creating a sustainable future for our campus and the region.

Water bottle refill station

Take Back the Tap

Saving money, energy, and the planet one reusable bottle at a time.

Upson Hall

Sustainable Landscapes Trail

Highlighting the sustainable design and ecosystem services of green infrastructure across campus.

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

Nature Rx

Connecting students with the surrounding natural world for self-reflection, healing, and health.