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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Want to know more about Cornell’s contribution to climate change? Want to understand the potential and controversies of Geoengineering the climate? Check out these 1 credit classes to find out. 

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The Beyond Waste Student Summits bring together students to understand the systemic impact of waste, from extraction to disposal. These full-day, regional leadership intensives welcome students from all levels of experience and interest. The Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) and SUNY ESF are hosting the Northeast Regional Beyond Waste Student Summit at SUNY ESF on February 22nd. You won't want to miss it!

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The City Of Ithaca is looking to hire a student (undergraduate or graduate) or recent graduate for a part-time position for the spring 2020 semester.

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Staff member receiving sustainability award

In addition to campus reports and updates, the Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards recognized groups and individuals who exemplify the university’s sustainability values.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership
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Dyson’s Map the Challenge is a campus-wide competition that asks students and all Cornell University members to think differently about social and environmental change. Cash prizes.  Deadline Wednesday, February 13, 2020 

  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Snowy footprints leading to Baker Tower

As the university prepares to shutdown for winter break, Vice President of Facilities & Campus Services Rick Burgess reminds faculty, students and staff of ways they can help conserve energy over break. 

  • Building & Energy
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
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Sustainability Life Recipe Series

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Materials Management
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
White "big red bear" logo

Registration is open for the annual Sustainability Leadership Summit - don't delay!

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Staff installing LED street light

The Cornell Energy Conservation Initiative completed a multi-phase comprehensive lighting upgrade earlier this year which replaced lighting in indoor and outdoor spaces with energy-efficient LED bulbs and has saved the campus over 18,000 tons of carbon and $2.9 million to date.  

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
Person opening and closing a clapperboard-the thing a film director uses when they say "cut!"

Students needed! Create a short video about Cornell's combined heat and power (CHP) plant to win a trip to Denver for Campus Energy2020. Contact Dede Deeley to arrange for a tour of the plant or access to other CHP information and data.

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