Campus Sustainability News

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

People gather on the commons to rally against climate change

About 250 students from Cornell, Ithaca High School and other local schools marched, chanted and rallied against a warming world as part of the Global Climate Strike March 15 at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons.

  • Climate Leadership
  • Students
Lights for buildings on campus often have to stay on all night due to their hours of operation according to Jon Ladley, facilities planning manager.

Cornell recently opened Cascadilla Community Solar Farm, the University’s sixth large-scale solar project.  The solar farms will generate 30-gigawatt hours to serve about 3,000 average local residential homes.

  • Building & Energy
  • Sustainability Leadership
smart thermostat

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

  • Building & Energy
  • Staff & Faculty
Case of baked goods in a dining location without individual plastic

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
Construction is underway at the Cascadilla Community Solar Farm.

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
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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
Ocasio-Cortez giving a speech

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
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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
Mixed recyclable goods sorted by plastic type

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 Food Pantry Open to All! Mondays 12:30-1:30 PM and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 PM

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