Campus Sustainability News

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

2019 Golden Gorge Awards banner

The ceremony included remarks by senior leaders, and awards for students for sustainability innovation and lifetime service.  The event also includes presentation of 'sustainability honors tassels' to graduating seniors who have committed themselves to a lifetime of sustainability service and learning.

  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Installation of solar panels on Day Hall.

From the rooftops of Cornell’s proposed North Campus Residential Expansion (NCRE), the university hopes to gather enough solar energy to offset the new buildings’ electricity use by up to 35%, create about 1 megawatt of electricity annually and further reduce the university’s carbon footprint.“Cornell has a goal for the Ithaca campus to become carbon neutral using 100% renewable energy by 2035,” said Rick Burgess, vice president for facilities and campus services. “In line with this commitment, and encouraged by campus and community input, we are seeking to increase the amount of renewable energy that will be used in the proposed project. We are aiming to make a great project even better.”

  • Building & Energy
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"...Cornell is a pioneer of purpose-driven science that works across disciplines. And CALS has a prime focus on food energy and environmental resources..."

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
Cornell clock tower at night

The annual Winter Setback program saved the Cornell campus over $80,000 in 2018, 20% less than in previous years. What changed?

  • Building & Energy
Sue Brightly

 "Sue wholeheartedly embraces the concepts of sustainability and has deep care and compassion for the environment and people around her. . ."

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Staff & Faculty
  • Sustainability Leadership
Robert “Bert” Bland Associate Vice President for Energy & Sustainability Facilities and Campus Services Cornell University

 Bert Bland is responsible for around-the-clock electric, heating, cooling, water, sewage, energy generation, distribution, and use-optimization of Cornell University’s 250+ buildings on the Ithaca campus.  He was interviewed by The Megawatt Hour as part of their series "Complexities in Energy Decision Making."

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership
Humph-Frees Exchange sponsored by FCS green team

A new office supply re-use station has opened for employees in Facilities & Campus Services.

  • Materials Management
  • Staff & Faculty
students sitting around a table at student assembly meeting

On January 31st, the Student Assembly passed a resolution in support of climate change and sustainability literacy.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership
Solar project in New Windsor New York

City dwellers may laugh at the idea of putting solar on their roofs, but there’s an alternative: community solar.

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
Woman riding a bike

Biking is a great way to experience Ithaca’s beauty, get some exercise, and help reduce congestion, and cyclists should be aware of the rules and etiquette for riding on campus.

  • Transportation