Sustainability News

News on campus sustainability initiatives, emerging programs, rankings, awards, student initiatives, green teams, and more from across the Cornell University campus.

White "big red bear" logo

Registration is open for the annual Sustainability Leadership Summit - don't delay!

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Staff installing LED street light

The Cornell Energy Conservation Initiative completed a multi-phase comprehensive lighting upgrade earlier this year which replaced lighting in indoor and outdoor spaces with energy-efficient LED bulbs and has saved the campus over 18,000 tons of carbon and $2.9 million to date.  

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
Energy Smackdown poster with light bulbs

Energy Smackdown is Cornell’s annual, 6-week friendly competition to reduce our energy use and carbon footprint.

  • Building & Energy
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
Person opening and closing a clapperboard-the thing a film director uses when they say "cut!"

Students needed! Create a short video about Cornell's combined heat and power (CHP) plant to win a trip to Denver for Campus Energy2020. Contact Dede Deeley to arrange for a tour of the plant or access to other CHP information and data.

  • Students
Mike Hoffmann lectures on stage at TedX in Chemung River

Stymied about what to do about climate change? In a talk at TEDxChemungRiver Nov. 8, 2014, Cornell's Mike Hoffmann encourages us to become aware, accept the reality, and then act by raising our voices to address this grand challenge facing our generation and those that follow.

  • Climate Leadership
Green Team Summit 2019 with white bear on a green background

The Campus Sustainability Office is hosting Cornell's first Green Team Summit, open to all current Green Team members and all students, faculty, and staff interested in getting more involved in sustainability efforts on campus. Registration is FREE, and includes breakfast and a mid-morning snack.
 

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
arc Daly, Nick Van Eck,  and Bob Wilson

"...the team came up with a vision for chambers that would have a streamlined mechanical design and a much smaller carbon footprint..."

  • Building & Energy
  • Human Wellbeing
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership
Cornell campus as seen from drone

The Sustainable Cornell Council (SCC) will direct and coordinate Cornell’s role as an international leader in addressing climate change and promoting sustainability by using the campus as a living laboratory and seeking regional and global partnerships to accelerate impact. The SCC will report to the provost and will provide progress updates to the Cornell community.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership
Advertisement for the Goosechase with image of map and application icon

Join the chase! The first ever campus-wide sustainability scavenger hunt is coming to Cornell University August 23 to October 12. Cornell students, faculty, and staff can compete for over $600 in prizes!

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Daylight hour poster

On Friday, June 21st, Cornell participated in Daylight Hour 2019. 14 departments participated by turning off artificial lights and relying on sunlight, in an effort to reduce energy consumption in office spaces on campus and worldwide. 

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Staff & Faculty