Sustainability News

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

Cornell researchers are developing radio-frequency tags that can more comfortably and efficiently control building HVAC systems.

  • Building & Energy
  • Staff & Faculty

A pilot in three campus retail locations has focused on reducing single-use plastic waste from individual baked goods.

  • Food & Living
  • Materials Management
  • Staff & Faculty

The new solar farm - Cornell's 6th -  will generate over 30,000 megawatts annually and double the University's annual renewable energy use.

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership

As part of Cornell's Management Academy training for staff, Cornell will offer two trainings to advance sustainability and climate leadership skills for staff during Spring 2019. The two sessions can be taken independently, or sign-up for a day of training on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 for the full training.

  • Staff & Faculty

Cornell Professor Robert Howarth, ecology and environmental biology, highlights specific Cornell campus sustainability programs that have helped set the stage for the Green New Deal and weighs in on the feasibility of the proposal as a whole.

  • Climate Leadership

 Are you ready for Sustainability Month? Have your event featured in Cornell’s 11th annual celebration of all things campus, community, and global sustainability by getting your event registered on time with these simple instructions. March 18th 2019 is the deadline to be considered for inclusion in print materials.

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership

Cornell dove into its 10th year of participating in the sustainability contest “RecycleMania” — a continent-wide, two-month-long tournament in which universities compete to generate the least waste and recycle the most.

  • Materials Management
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership

It has been a year since China’s “Green Wall” took effect. If you've been struggling to understand the impact of recycling changes, take a look at this helpful summary of the impact on recycling rules in our community and across the U.S.

  • Materials Management
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students

Bread N' Butter, a food pantry founded and run by a graduate student, is tackling food insecurity by providing students with reclaimed food from on-campus dining halls.

  • Food & Living
  • Students

Cornell’s Procurement and Payment Services is advancing the capacity for users on campus and central administrators to track sustainable purchases from different types of organizations.  The new tracking efforts will help demonstrate the percentage of funds spent supporting sustainable business.

  • Materials Management