Sustainability News

News on campus sustainability initiatives, emerging programs, rankings, awards, student initiatives, green teams, and more from across the Cornell University campus.

Energy Smackdown is Cornell’s annual, 6-week friendly competition to reduce our energy use and carbon footprint.

  • Building & Energy
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students

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.

  • Students

Stymied about what to do about climate change? In a talk at TEDxChemungRiver Nov. 8, 2014, Cornell's Mike Hoffmann encourages us to become aware, accept the reality, and then act by raising our voices to address this grand challenge facing our generation and those that follow.

  • Climate Leadership

The Campus Sustainability Office is hosting Cornell's first Green Team Summit, open to all current Green Team members and all students, faculty, and staff interested in getting more involved in sustainability efforts on campus. Registration is FREE, and includes breakfast and a mid-morning snack.
 

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership

Nominate a person or group for the Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Awards by October 11th.

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership

"...the team came up with a vision for chambers that would have a streamlined mechanical design and a much smaller carbon footprint..."

  • Building & Energy
  • Human Wellbeing
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership

The Sustainable Cornell Council (SCC) will direct and coordinate Cornell’s role as an international leader in addressing climate change and promoting sustainability by using the campus as a living laboratory and seeking regional and global partnerships to accelerate impact. The SCC will report to the provost and will provide progress updates to the Cornell community.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership

Join the chase! The first ever campus-wide sustainability scavenger hunt is coming to Cornell University August 23 to October 12. Cornell students, faculty, and staff can compete for over $600 in prizes!

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership

On Friday, June 21st, Cornell participated in Daylight Hour 2019. 14 departments participated by turning off artificial lights and relying on sunlight, in an effort to reduce energy consumption in office spaces on campus and worldwide. 

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Staff & Faculty

Find out where you can sustainably dispose of recyclable goods, and odd items like electronics, your energy bar wrapper and much more!

  • Food & Living
  • Materials Management