Campus Sustainability News

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

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Recognize an employee who demonstrates sustainability leadership with actions big or small in the new Cornell University HR Recognition Portal.  Monthly winners will be given prizes and be entered into the prestigious annual sustainability awards for the end of the year.

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Recognize an employee who demonstrates sustainability leadership with actions big or small in the new Cornell University HR Recognition Portal.  Monthly winners will be given prizes and be entered into the prestigious annual sustainability awards for the end of the year.

A group gathers next to Beebe Lake to celebrate the hydroplant relicensing

Cornell’s oldest renewable energy system – the campus hydroelectric plant located on Beebe Lake - has been approved for another forty years of clean energy production after a successful five year recertification process.

New residence halls on North Campus at Cornell as seen from above, with solar panels covering all roofs

Cornell has earned a a second platinum sustainability rating – the highest possible– from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Cornell is the only Ivy league institution to have achieved a platinum rating, and one of just two in the world to have achieved the accolade twice. 
 

Cornell seal

In response to increased climate disasters — tropical storms, sea-level rise, drought, wildfires, and other events — major climate adaptation projects around the world are producing inequitable land use plans and projects in urban regions, according to Linda Shi, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning. 

Energy Smackdown

Energy Smackdown - the annual energy saving competition- begins December 1st.  This year, students will face off against faculty & staff and the Campus Sustainability Office has launched a new Campus Energy Reduction Grant of up to $1,000.

Plugging electronics into a smart power strip

Apply for $500-$100 to implement an energy-saving project in a Cornell dorm, office, lab, shop, or other campus space. Applications deadline extended to February 18th, 2022.

Earth Source Heat open house

The first important step is drilling this exploration well to confirm the technical viability and ensure the safe operation of the system.

The solar arrays on Ganędagǫ: Hall and Toni Morrison Hall

Students living in the newly opened residence buildings – Toni Morrison Hall and Ganędagǫ: Hall – know of the buildings’ rooftop solar panels. But if the windows and walls could talk, they would be fluent in the language of sustainability.

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Cornell is joining with the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca to form a campus-regional partnership committed to promoting efficient, innovative and accessible energy, and reach carbon neutrality, community-wide, by the early 2030s.