Campus Sustainability News

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

Staff watch a presentation on green team practices

The number of Green Teams has doubled in the last year, thanks to the dedicated staff who mobilized their departments and units to create a culture of sustainability in action. 

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership
A parent with two young children wearing Cornell backpacks

Take a tour of the solar farm and pet our "solar sheep," and get a free reusable Sustainable Cornell spork - if you can sort waste correctly in our fun game!

  • Staff & Faculty
Naomi Haber '20

Naomi Haber '20 was selected as the recipient of this year's Student Sustainability Leadership Excellence Award presented by the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE).

  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Mui Ho Fine Arts Library exterior

Cornell’s Mui Ho Fine Arts Library in Rand Hall earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in late January.

  • Building & Energy
Staff Sustainability Champions

Joey was nominated for the Staff Sustainability Champions recognition by Cornell Law School Professor Gerald Torres for her work in creating the Ithaca Dish Truck, a service that allows people to reduce their reliance on disposable, single-use items by substituting reusable dishes and silverware.

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership
Stock market

As Cornell’s shared governance groups consider resolutions related to the divestment of fossil fuel-related holdings from the university’s endowment, these FAQs provide some background for the campus community.

  • Sustainability Leadership
Solar panel with sun beating down on it.

Rooftop solar arrays on Cornell’s North Campus Residential Expansion will generate around 35% of the buildings’ power.

  • Building & Energy
Cascadilla Solar Farm

The university’s sixth large-scale solar project is online.

  • Building & Energy
An oversized water bottle with facts on waste encourages passerbys to rethink plastic bottled water use

 Are you ready for Sustainability Month? Have your event featured in Cornell’s 12th annual celebration. March 4th, 2020 is the deadline to be considered for inclusion in print materials.

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
RecycleMania Logo

Get your game face on! It's almost time for Cornell to compete against other campuses to reduce waste, recycle more.

  • Materials Management