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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Freezer that needs defrosting

Calling all labs with cold storage! Join the annual Freezer Challenge at Cornell University where labs perform key management practices to achieve greater energy efficiency, improve sample accessibility, reduce risk, save costs, and boost freezer reliability. Register by April 30th

Students celebrating Sustainability Month Ho Plaza

Cornell University celebrates the 14th Annual Sustainability Month.

People dancing in Ho Plaza

Free event! Music,dancing, sustainably-sourced food, photo booth, local greenery, sustainable DIY projects and Touchdown in a tux, and more! Saturday, March 26 8:00pm to 11:00pm WSH Memorial Room.

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Learn practical ways to make your organization’s events more sustainable, from concept to clean-up. Register for one of the workshops today: 3/7, 3/31.

AJa Barber

Explore intersections of sustainability, racism, wealth inequality, privilege, feminism, the fashion industry - and  what you can do about it. Registration required.  #Beyond Waste

Aja Barber, a black woman, next to the title of her book on colonialism and climate change in the fashion industry

Looking for ways to make sustainable change happen both individually and collectively? Join the Sustainable Cornell Book Club, featuring  Consumed | The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism. First 75 people that sign up will receive free copies.

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As part of this year's Beyond Waste campaign at Cornell, organizers are hosting a meme competition to encourage fun and creative submissions related to the themes of the waste and purchasing-focused campaign.

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Join the two-month campaign to reduce waste, improve reuse and recycling, and rethink our campus relationship to goods and materials.  2022 campaign begins February 14th and event organizing is open to all campus partners.

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Recognize an employee who demonstrates sustainability leadership with actions big or small in the new Cornell University HR Recognition Portal.  Monthly winners will be given prizes and be entered into the prestigious annual sustainability awards for the end of the year.

A group gathers next to Beebe Lake to celebrate the hydroplant relicensing

Cornell’s oldest renewable energy system – the campus hydroelectric plant located on Beebe Lake - has been approved for another forty years of clean energy production after a successful five year recertification process.