Sustainability News

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

Cornell Chronicle | Stephen D'Angelo, April 19, 2017

A multidisciplinary Cornell design and research team, assembled to tackle the environmental problem of post-consumer textile waste, has developed a unique fabric-shredding machine in hopes of a zero-waste solution for the textile industry.

  • Materials Management

Cornell Chronicle | Sherrie Negrea,  March 2, 2017

A new smartphone app, Humble Bee, will engage and motivate students to change their behavior to improve sustainability on campus. “The problem hasn’t been engaging staff – it’s been engaging students,” said Casey Franklin, a doctoral student in human behavior and design. “How do we reach a new generation that would rather play Pokémon Go than look at our sustainability website?”

  • Building & Energy
  • Human Wellbeing
  • Living Laboratory
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students

Pawprint | January 26, 2017
Staff commended and provided with new tools to act as the front-line eyes and ears of creating a welcoming campus.

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Staff & Faculty

Cornell Chronicle | Blaine Friedlander, January 6, 2017

The university formally opened three additional solar farms in December that will generate large amounts of electricity and help the campus achieve its carbon neutrality goals.

  • Climate Leadership

PawPrint  | Sue Brightly, January 13, 2016

Benefits of remote work arrangements include increased productivity, reduction in turnover, improved morale, eco-friendliness and cost-effectiveness.

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Transportation

Cornell Chronicle | Susan Lang, August 2, 2013
The 2013 Cornell University Partners in Sustainability Award (CUPSA) has been given to the Building Bridges Initiative.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership

Cornell Chronicle | Lauren Chambliss,  April 4,  2010

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) received the first annual Cornell Partners in Sustainability Award April 21 for its leadership and financial support.

Cornell Chronicle | By Bill Steele, January 18, 2010
A university-wide grand opening event showed off Cornell's super-efficient Combined Heat and Power Plant, up and running since mid-December 2010, to media and representatives of state and local government.

  • Building & Energy
  • Land & Water

From recycling to energy, Cornell is forging ahead with environmental programs in sustainable development. These are recognized as critical issues by the university's leadership and the campus is on the brink of emerging as a global leader in sustainability.

 
  • Climate Leadership
  • Materials Management
  • Sustainability Leadership

Cornell Chronicle | Henrik N. Dullea, April 17, 2001 

Vice president for administration and CFO issued a statement affirming the university's commitment to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Students