Campus Sustainability News

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

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.

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Snapshot of Golden Gorge Zoom

With the largest pool of over 50 nominations, this year’s awards also recognized student dedication and resilience during an unprecedented semester

  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Solar District Cup logo

 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.

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Living Laboratory
  • Students
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.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership
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.

  

 

  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
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Urban Green is offering free and discounted training on the New York Energy Code. 


 
  • Building & Energy
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
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). 

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership
  • Transportation
Cascadilla Solar Farm

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

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
daffodils on lib slope

Cornell University celebrates the 12th Annual Sustainability Month.

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
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.

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Land & Water
  • Sustainability Leadership