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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The student sustainability umbrella organization - Cornell Environmental Collaborative - presents Sustainability Field Day on Saturday, May 7th from 10am-2pm on the arts quad for games and activities related to this year's theme : waste reduction.

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Cornell undergraduate Alexandra Gray `22 created a piece for Medium.com on how Cornell students can take small actions, with big impact, to celebrate Earth Day in 2022. 

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Looking to make your event more sustainable?  Hire a "compost crew" of student volunteers for your next campus event to help attendees dispose of organic food waste properly. 

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Cornell's annual Energy Smackdown and Winter Setback programs saved the campus energy and money in December of 2021, and encouraged campus community members to understand and engage in energy-reducing behaviors that reduce the use of fossil fuels.

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Calling all sustainability community members! The Sustainable Cornell Council and Campus Sustainability Office cordially invites all members of the Cornell community - including students, faculty, staff, spouses, and alumni -  to a fun mix and mingle event to network and celebrate our common goals and work towards campus sustainability.

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Join us for the annual Student Sustainability Awards at Cornell University to recognize the outstanding sustainability organizations and students making change happen here on campus and beyond. Formerly known as the Golden Gorge Awards

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Cornell’s first-ever Beyond Waste Prom on March 26 marked the culmination of a two-month long sustainability campaign.

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The new certification and consultation program was designed to help campus event organizers, from student teams to large-scale efforts like commencement, plan and execute event sustainability in food, waste, transportation, purchasing, and more. An easy certification checklist allows organizers to receive a badge for use in event advertising to create a culture of campus sustainability awareness and engagement.

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The Beyond Waste Campaign in 2022 harnessed campus engagement and national competition to reduce waste and rethink our relationship to disposable goods and products.

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Reusable Mug Program is back! Save 10% when you bring your mug to Cornell dining halls.