Campus Sustainability News

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

Mui Ho fine arts library

Campus electrical use has already declined by 1/3 since student move-out and remote work phase-in began several weeks ago. The load shedding implemented by Energy Management is anticipated to reduce the energy used to heat and cool buildings by another 1/3 in unoccupied spaces. 

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Staff & Faculty
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick

The City of Ithaca’s Common Council passed the Ithaca Green New Deal in the summer of 2019, with broad-reaching ambitions to make Ithaca leader in creating a climate-ready community through a just approach to sustainable development.   What are the opportunities and implications for Cornell?

  • Building & Energy
  • Sustainability Leadership
compost collection bucket with residential hall labelled

In the fifth year of the campus Residential Compost Program, participating communities helped to divert over five tons of food waste with support from over 40+ student and staff volunteers. 

  • Food & Living
  • Materials Management
  • Students
Woman holding pipette in lab

Checklist for quickly ramping down research activities during COVID-19 reduced research schedule.

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Materials Management
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
COVID-19 virus

Before you leave campus for an extended period please take the following actions.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
Custodian Patty Armstrong runs a rotary scrubber

“We no longer have to strip and wax floors at 3 a.m. to keep people away from odor. We can do our work at any time of day,” said Chris Mott, a purchasing agent in Facilities and Campus Services.

  • Building & Energy
  • Human Wellbeing
  • Staff & Faculty
Woman interviewing for a film

Residents on North Campus can attend a free dinner & discussion while watching short documentaries on sustainability topics this Spring. (NOTE: The first event is still on for Sunday March 15th. Check this post or the Cornell events calendar for updates on the remaining films).

  • Food & Living
  • Land & Water
  • Materials Management
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
Staff watch a presentation on green team practices

The number of Green Teams has doubled in the last year, thanks to the dedicated staff who mobilized their departments and units to create a culture of sustainability in action. 

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership
A parent with two young children wearing Cornell backpacks

Take a tour of the solar farm and pet our "solar sheep," and get a free reusable Sustainable Cornell spork - if you can sort waste correctly in our fun game!

  • Staff & Faculty
Naomi Haber '20

Naomi Haber '20 was selected as the recipient of this year's Student Sustainability Leadership Excellence Award presented by the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE).

  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership