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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Green revolving investment dashboard for energy conservation savings at cornell

Deep investments in energy efficiency at Cornell have led to financial and energy savings, and reductions to our carbon footprint.  The University has invested in a decades-long Energy Conservation Initiative (ECI) with staff who implement carbon-saving measures such as lighting, heating, and other energy upgrades.  A new portal captures individual projects and their collective impact.

People surrounding text "we resist, we build, we rise"

Matéa LeBeau is a junior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, contemplates the necessary role of visual and expressive artists in creating understanding and solutions to the climate challenge.

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Annual Golden Gorge ceremony recognizes student leadership in sustainability across all areas of the campus.

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A one-year program open to accelerate career and executive-leadership advancement in sustainability-related fields.  

solar collector system on roof of Guterman lab

The Guterman Research Center now joins the Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell Botanic Gardens and the Combined Heat and Power Plant as the only sites of solar thermal systems on the Ithaca campus.

Students carrying pots in a greenhouse at Cornell, wearing masks during COVID19

 Cornell University celebrates all things sustainability during the entire month of April.  This year, join a new Green Room Certification pilot, become a Residential Composter, attend a virtual student sustainability leadership conference, and more.

Students hanging out in dorm room

The Residential Sustainability Leaders are launching a Green Room Certification pilot this Spring. Help us test the certification - and make your living space more sustainable - by being one of the first to sign up. 

Researcher using lab freezer

Join Cornell in participating in the 5th annual International Laboratory Freezer Challenge. Participating labs will compete against fellow Cornell labs as well as laboratories around the world as they are guided in implementing best practices in cold storage management to achieve greater energy efficiency, sample integrity, and sample access.

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What was the impact on campus energy use from reduced on-campus student presence and workforce, and changed operations, during the 2020 COVID pandemic?  Diving into data from the campus energy dashboard, a decline in energy consumption was offset by increased air handled and ventilation in campus buildings. 

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Now through Earth Day purchase a reusable takeout container and utensil set for just $5 at one of eight Cornell Dining locations.