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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Student Sustainability Awards and green tassels

Join us for the annual Student Sustainability Awards Gala at Cornell University to recognize the outstanding students and organizations making sustainable change happen right here on campus and beyond. Learn more. Nominate by April 17th, RSVP by May 6th.


Picking up water bottles to recycle them on Slope Day

We need 50+ volunteers to run our compost, recycle, and landfill stations and assist with litter management throughout the event. Training & supplies provided.(Search for " Sustainability & Waste Management" on volunteer list). Come have fun while doing good!

students walking on campus

How do we create a safe and socially just place for humanity to thrive without compromising planetary health? How can you help?

People walking on lib slope

Together, Cornellians are finding ways to reduce waste in dining halls, conserve energy in teaching and research spaces, and innovate new technologies for cooling and heating campus.


Join our panel to discuss sustainable materials management. Q&A discussion on how to transform our campus and region into a collaborative system rooted in principles and practices of a circular economy. Brunch will be served. 

Students carrying canoe

Cornell University celebrates  Annual Sustainability Month.


Are you ready for Sustainability Month? Have your event featured in Cornell’s annual month-long sustainability celebration. 


Join the Sustainable Cornell Council, Campus Sustainability Office, and Cornell Botanic Gardens for a networking event to discuss campus sustainability. All Cornell community members welcome!. 

Biotech Building

Campus engineers confirm that the Biotechnology Building, after multiple efficiency upgrades since 2004, including retrofitting four rooftop exhaust stacks for heat recovery, now saves nearly $670,000 annually in energy costs compared to 2004.


Join the two-month campaign to reduce waste, improve reuse and recycling, and rethink our campus relationship to goods and materials.  2024 campaign begins February 12th and event organizing is open to all campus partners.