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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Employees laughing together at awards ceremony

Honoring the importance of sustainability stewardship, culture, and contributions by employees, the "Culture of Sustainability Award" was added in 2022 to the nominations for President's Awards for Employee Excellence.  The President's Awards recognize employees who have made an outstanding contribution to Cornell University.  

Students celebrating Sustainability Month Ho Plaza

Cornell University celebrates the 14th Annual Sustainability Month.

AJa Barber

Explore intersections of sustainability, racism, wealth inequality, privilege, feminism, the fashion industry - and  what you can do about it. Registration required.  #Beyond Waste

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Recognize an employee who demonstrates sustainability leadership with actions big or small in the new Cornell University HR Recognition Portal.  Monthly winners will be given prizes and be entered into the prestigious annual sustainability awards for the end of the year.

a student wearing a mask while on her computer

A live virtual event focused on preventing future pandemics, recognizing that human health is inextricably linked to the health of wildlife, livestock and the environment, will be moderated by New York Times journalist Thomas L. Friedman with a keynote address from noted naturalist Jane Goodall. The webinar, titled “Emerging Disease, Wildlife Trade and Consumption, and the Need for Robust Global Governance: Exploring Ways to Prevent Pandemics,” will take place Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon and is co-hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the World Wildlife Fund and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability.

Dr. Ayana Johnson on a zoom lecture

The conference featured three days of problem-solving workshops, such as finding ways to engage students with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The Bioswale Garden at Cornell Botanic Gardens cleanses stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot, before it flows into Beebe Lake.

Cornell’s Sustainable Landscapes Trail now can be explored virtually, in a new narrated video tour from Cornell Botanic Gardens.
The 16 sites on the trail promote open spaces, natural areas and landscapes with unique sustainability features that enhance and promote healthy ecosystems. Most of these features were designed with staff, student, faculty and research collaboration.

Two students in a lab

If the cloth face covering can achieve levels of the FDA-approved face mask, the reusable cloth masks can replace the demand for disposable medical face masks for nonhealthcare professionals and provide accessible, affordable options to the public.

Solar panels on the Cornell campus

We are in a period of uncertainty, anxiety, and confusion. How do we come together to support each other, stay productive, and stay safe?

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During the month of April and beyond, choose actions that you can take in your daily life that help contribute to global sustainability and a more peaceful, just, and thriving planet.  Cornell will compete as a team against other Universities in New York - it's easy to get started!