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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Student Sustainability Awards and green tassels

Join us for the annual Student Sustainability Awards Gala at Cornell University to recognize the outstanding students and organizations making sustainable change happen right here on campus and beyond. Learn more. Nominate by April 17th, RSVP by May 6th.



Join the Sustainable Cornell Council, Campus Sustainability Office, and Cornell Botanic Gardens for a networking event to discuss campus sustainability. All Cornell community members welcome!. 


The Sustainable Cornell Council provided an update on campus sustainability progress and priorities in a virtual address in February 2024. Watch the accessible recording of this event.

Food on a plate

Serving more plant-based meals is a big win for Cornell’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2035.


Join the Sustainable Cornell Council for an update on the progress, priorities, and projects advancing our carbon neutral campus and sustainability efforts on the Cornell Ithaca campus.


Cornell is the only institution of higher education in the world to receive the highest possible sustainability rating—STARS Platinum—for four consecutive years

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.


Join us for the annual Student Sustainability Awards at Cornell University May 11th. Submit your nominations by Sunday, April 30th.

Daphne Frias

Join us for conversations with youth climate activist Daphne Frias. You are welcome to join as many sessions as you would like throughout the day.

Students tabling

Mission Sustainability is an educational and survey requirement for all Cornell students launched in 2020.