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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Make change happen where you work.  From reducing energy waste to purchasing more sustainable and environmentally friendly products, individual employees can make a difference.  The Sustainability Tips series will provide easy ways to take action in your Cornell workplace that advance our sustainable campus and culture. 

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.

Logo for residential compost managers at Cornell

The full residential compost program will continue at Cornell after amendments and cessation to the program during COVID-19.  The initiative is seeking volunteers to help reduce waste and encourage composting education in residential communities.

A small 'mini-bin' standing next to other waste reduction materials

After a successful pilot in one large administrative building on campus cut landfill waste from offices by half, new "trash mini-bins" have been rolled out to staff offices across Cornell in a bid to reduce waste and increase recycling as part of sustainable campus behavior.

Bar graph from 2008 to 2020 showing annual greenhousegas emissions for Cornell.  The 2020 inventory shows a 50% reduction in overall emissions, but notes that some reduction is likely due to COVID operations disruption.

The FY2020 greenhouse gas inventory shows a significant reduction in campus emissions, but some changes can be attributed to disrupted operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sustainability ranking seals from 2021

Cornell soared to the top of national and international ratings and rankings assessing our campus sustainability efforts in 2021.  Let's see how we stand up to the competition (and where there is still work to do).

Researcher using lab freezer

Cornell laboratories reduced energy use by targeting freezers in the international Freezer Challenge, which encourages friendly competition between research-intensive laboratories that rely on cold storage.

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Compete in Cornell’s Sustainability ‘Goosechase’ Scavenger Hunt! Competition Runs August 30th - September 30th. Open to all Cornell students and employees.

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Join the 40+ student organizations representing sustainability on campus for a tour of their activities, how to get involved, and the full range of amazing projects happening on campus!