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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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.

"Batman slapping Robin meme about recycling glass"

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.

New residence halls on North Campus at Cornell as seen from above, with solar panels covering all roofs

Cornell has earned a a second platinum sustainability rating – the highest possible– from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Cornell is the only Ivy league institution to have achieved a platinum rating, and one of just two in the world to have achieved the accolade twice. 
 

Cornell seal

In response to increased climate disasters — tropical storms, sea-level rise, drought, wildfires, and other events — major climate adaptation projects around the world are producing inequitable land use plans and projects in urban regions, according to Linda Shi, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning. 

Energy Smackdown

Energy Smackdown - the annual energy saving competition- begins December 1st.  This year, students will face off against faculty & staff and the Campus Sustainability Office has launched a new Campus Energy Reduction Grant of up to $1,000.

Earth Source Heat open house

The first important step is drilling this exploration well to confirm the technical viability and ensure the safe operation of the system.

The solar arrays on Ganędagǫ: Hall and Toni Morrison Hall

Students living in the newly opened residence buildings – Toni Morrison Hall and Ganędagǫ: Hall – know of the buildings’ rooftop solar panels. But if the windows and walls could talk, they would be fluent in the language of sustainability.