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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Cornell’s Procurement and Payment Services is advancing the capacity for users on campus and central administrators to track sustainable purchases from different types of organizations.  The new tracking efforts will help demonstrate the percentage of funds spent supporting sustainable business.

  • Materials Management
Upson Hall

Upson Hall is Cornell’s fifth LEED Platinum building and the 21st overall LEED certified project completed on the Ithaca campus. Calculations for Upson Hall's energy efficiency reflect a 66.62 percent energy-cost reduction – a new Cornell LEED record. 

  • Building & Energy
  • Sustainability Leadership
An adult holding a smiling child in the passenger seat of a car

Finger Lakes Rideshare - formerly Zimride - provides carpooling and rideshare connection for those working in the Finger Lakes region, including special connection services for individuals who work at Cornell and other local campuses.

  • Transportation
Cornell clock tower with Day Hall solar panels in foreground

Launched in 2018, the coalition group NY Higher Education LSRE Project brings together campuses in New York State who will solicit large-scale renewable energy projects to advance carbon reduction and green power goals. 

  • Building & Energy
  • Climate Leadership
Hand reaching to turn out a light switch

Take these few simple steps before you leave campus to conserve energy during the break.

  • Building & Energy
  • Staff & Faculty
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“Indigenous people around the world are incredibly important when we think – in terms of climate change and impact – about what is happening to our planet,” said Allred, associate professor of natural resources, in her Dec. 6 keynote address at Cornell’s 2018 Sustainability Leadership Summit. Each year leaders across campus gather to discuss and find ways to make the campus sustainable.

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Living Laboratory
  • Sustainability Leadership
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Flip the model of giving this holiday season with new ideas.

  • Human Wellbeing
  • Materials Management
Staff wearing sustainability gear

Nominate an everyday hero who champions sustainability. Short form - make someone's day!

  • Staff & Faculty
A mock-up of exterior materials was installed on North Campus to allow project designers of the North Campus Residential Expansion to visualize aesthetic options for its buildings in the context of the existing facilities and natural environment.

Cornell Chronicle | Nancy Doolitle, September 28, 2018

The North Campus Residential Expansion, approved in 2017, unveiled a mock-up next to Appel Commons.

  • Building & Energy
  • Food & Living
  • Students
With a score of 74.45 Cornell breached the top 20 of the Sierra Club's annual list of "Coolest Schools." Cornell has the longest-standing gold-rating of any institution in the world.

Cornell Daily Sun | Amanda H. Cronin, November 7, 2018

With roots in its Ithaca campus’ natural setting and its Climate Action Plan, Cornell University has been named one of the top 20 “Coolest Schools,” or, greenest colleges of 2018 in the Sierra Club’s annual list

  • Climate Leadership
  • Students
  • Sustainability Leadership