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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AASHE STARS Platinum logo

Cornell has earned a platinum sustainability rating – the top status – from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the international group that tracks environmental stewardship for more than 1,000 college campuses.

Computer screen showing students using zoom during the golden gorge awards ceremony

50+ students were nominated for this year's Golden Gorge sustainability student awards. Check out our winners - students & groups whose sustainability efforts, dedication and resilience continued during an unprecedented semester.

Downtown crystal city, virgina

 A team of Cornell students found an artful way to snare the sun’s energy, store it and then optimize it for the built environment as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s inaugural Solar District Cup collegiate design competition.

Cornell campus as seen from drone

Effective immediately, the moratorium applies to new private equity and bond vehicles focused on fossil fuels, a category that makes up about 4.2% of Cornell’s long-term investments. That percentage is expected to dwindle to zero over time as existing investments mature and assets are redeployed to other areas, including renewables.

Golden Gorge Award Graphic

The Golden Gorge Awards annual award ceremony celebrates graduating seniors who have contributed to campus sustainability. Students who pledge to commit to lifelong sustainability earn Green Honor Tassels to wear during graduation and the ceremony recognizes student leadership in sustainability across all areas of the campus.  RSVP and  Nominate by May 22nd.




Urban Green is offering free and discounted training on the New York Energy Code. 

Zoom participants on a laptop

Cornell has adopted an official travel policy that prioritizes employee use of low-carbon event attendance (remote & virtual) and low-carbon transportation (reducing air travel). 

Cascadilla Solar Farm

The Cornell Daily Sun is the Cornell University student newspaper.  This story covers recent updates to Cornell's renewable energy profile.

daffodils on lib slope

Cornell University celebrates the 12th Annual Sustainability Month.

Cascadilla Community Solar Farm, as seen from a drone in summer

Cornell reached a symbolic milestone in its journey to carbon neutrality when the campus power use was completely met by renewable energy last month.