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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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.

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Greek Life, already, is unsustainable environmentally. Overuse of plastics and metal cans combined with poor recycling practices is disastrous for sustainability. And COVID-19 isn’t making these problems any easier to solve.

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After identifying student climate literacy as a key metric to advance in it's first year, the Sustainable Cornell Council’s Education & Engagement Committee wrote, developed, and implemented Cornell’s first climate literacy module for incoming students this Fall.  

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Cornell University will host the 10th annual State of NY Sustainability Conference this December as part of membership in the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE).

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Join the second campus-wide sustainability scavenger hunt is coming to Cornell University August 26th to September 30th.

Big red bear welcomes students to campus during COVID, wearing a mask

This year's sustainability events for First Year Students include a campus-wide sustainability scavenger hunt, tour of campus operations sustainability, and a chance to connect with staff and student sustainablity leaders.

AASHE STARS Platinum logo

Cornell has earned a platinum sustainability rating – the top status – from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the international group that tracks environmental stewardship for more than 1,000 college campuses.

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50+ students were nominated for this year's Golden Gorge sustainability student awards. Check out our winners - students & groups whose sustainability efforts, dedication and resilience continued during an unprecedented semester.

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 A team of Cornell students found an artful way to snare the sun’s energy, store it and then optimize it for the built environment as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s inaugural Solar District Cup collegiate design competition.

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The Golden Gorge Awards annual award ceremony celebrates graduating seniors who have contributed to campus sustainability. Students who pledge to commit to lifelong sustainability earn Green Honor Tassels to wear during graduation and the ceremony recognizes student leadership in sustainability across all areas of the campus.  RSVP and  Nominate by May 22nd.