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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Join us for the annual Student Sustainability Awards at Cornell University to recognize the outstanding sustainability organizations and students making change happen here on campus and beyond. Formerly known as the Golden Gorge Awards

Prom goers posing

Cornell’s first-ever Beyond Waste Prom on March 26 marked the culmination of a two-month long sustainability campaign.

Must with Cornell logo

Reusable Mug Program is back! Save 10% when you bring your mug to Cornell dining halls.

Aja Barber, a black woman, next to the title of her book on colonialism and climate change in the fashion industry

Looking for ways to make sustainable change happen both individually and collectively? Join the Sustainable Cornell Book Club, featuring  Consumed | The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism. First 75 people that sign up will receive free copies.

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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.

New residence halls on North Campus at Cornell as seen from above, with solar panels covering all roofs

Cornell has earned a a second platinum sustainability rating – the highest possible– from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Cornell is the only Ivy league institution to have achieved a platinum rating, and one of just two in the world to have achieved the accolade twice. 
 

Earth Source Heat open house

The first important step is drilling this exploration well to confirm the technical viability and ensure the safe operation of the system.

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Cornell is joining with the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca to form a campus-regional partnership committed to promoting efficient, innovative and accessible energy, and reach carbon neutrality, community-wide, by the early 2030s.

Bar graph from 2008 to 2020 showing annual greenhousegas emissions for Cornell.  The 2020 inventory shows a 50% reduction in overall emissions, but notes that some reduction is likely due to COVID operations disruption.

The FY2020 greenhouse gas inventory shows a significant reduction in campus emissions, but some changes can be attributed to disrupted operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sustainability ranking seals from 2021

Cornell soared to the top of national and international ratings and rankings assessing our campus sustainability efforts in 2021.  Let's see how we stand up to the competition (and where there is still work to do).