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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Join the chase! The first ever campus-wide sustainability scavenger hunt is coming to Cornell University August 23 to October 12. Cornell students, faculty, and staff can compete for over $600 in prizes!

  • Staff & Faculty
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Daylight hour poster

On Friday, June 21st, Cornell participated in Daylight Hour 2019. 14 departments participated by turning off artificial lights and relying on sunlight, in an effort to reduce energy consumption in office spaces on campus and worldwide. 

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Staff & Faculty
Green waste bin

Find out where you can sustainably dispose of recyclable goods, and odd items like electronics, your energy bar wrapper and much more!

  • Food & Living
  • Materials Management
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Whether spring has sprung or the hot weather is already here, the fair weather is a great time to get your home in top shape to save you money.
 

  • Building & Energy
  • Materials Management
White, clear, and brown plastic bags

Plastic bags are being banned in New York State.  What should you do with the bags you have?

LEED gold seal

“It’s fair to say that this atrium is now the heart of our college – our ‘living room,’ so to speak – where everybody goes,” said Wayne A. Davenport, director of facilities at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “The expansion has transformed us. Striving for LEED certification helped to create a strong sense of community in the center of our college.”

  • Building & Energy
Environment America report cover: America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy

Awarding renewable energy accolades in several categories, Cornell was ranked second in the list of schools replacing fossil-fuel powered systems with renewable systems for efforts to transition heating, cooling, and power systems over the last decade.  

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
Interior of the combined heat and power plant at Cornell

New research conducted by Cornell researchers used campus data to create new models for hybrid energy systems using both heating and electricity. The study was inspired by the Cornell Earth Source Heat project, in which faculty, students and staff are exploring geothermal energy as a sustainable method of heating the Ithaca campus.

  • Building & Energy
  • Living Laboratory
Cornell University plastic bag recycling bin.

Campus plastic bag recycling bins are being phased out across Cornell effective this summer, 2019. Learn why this effort is a part of a positive change in New York State recycling and single-use plastic laws.

  • Materials Management
Cornell RecycleMania Logo

See this year's rankings from Cornell's participation in the six week RecycleMania competition. 2019 marked the 10th year of competition with other campuses nationwide to reduce waste, increase recycling, and collect compostable and electronic recycling materials.

  • Materials Management