Cornell University hosts first Climate Action Week

Campus Sustainability Office November 28, 2022

Cornell’s first-ever Climate Action Week on November 14-18th brought together the Cornell campus community with conversations, workshops, and rallies on climate change and carbon neutrality. 

Cornell students, faculty, and staff attended events aimed to inspire action across campus. The campaign coincided with COP27, where countries assessed global progress in addressing climate change and continued negotiations for implementing the Paris Agreement.

The goal of Cornell’s Climate Action Week is to educate members of the campus community about climate change solutions and finding your place in the climate movement. Cornell University has set an ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality on the Ithaca campus by 2035 through our Climate Action Plan, where one key action is to engage students, faculty, and staff in climate literacy and sustainable energy use on campus.

The campaign featured workshops on communicating about climate change in new and creative ways, like cartooning, food, and comedy. The week also included events hosted by campus partners, like the Climate, Jobs, and Justice rally hosted by Climate Justice Cornell and guest speakers of the Energy Engineering Seminar series who discussed large scale solar development and how to decarbonize our energy sector. 

Recordings from the week, including speakers from Cornell's COP27 delegation, are available on the Climate Action Week website. For more ways to get involved throughout the year, visit the Sustainable Campus website.